Electro-pop powerhouse Luna Aura goes for the jugular on her latest single, “Sucker Punch” chronicling the fallout of a feigned relationship.
“It was only a game to you” sings Luna Aura over falling for somebody toxic. “I was just a fool / Wanted to believe / That you felt the same.”
The dance ballad builds slowly before a reverberating bass drop rushes in, hitting right at the core. Fittingly, Aura shot the video in Death Valley. Directed by Zomo visuals, Aura is seen kicking up sand and moving jerkingly in response to the surging track.
“Sucker Punch” has added significance to Aura (who joined forces with musician Wolves on the song) as it’s the first time she allowed herself to really open up in her songwriting, and draw from personal experiences. “It’s somewhere I’ve never been before as an artist,” says Aura. “”I’m vulnerable, I’m human, and I’m being more honest than I’ve ever been.”
Luna Aura has shared stages with The Killers, K.Flay, Chance the Rapper, P!nk, Odesza, Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, Kid Cudi, Run the Jewels, Muse, and many more. With 2018 comes new releases, touring and festival appearances for the singer.
We asked Aura about the inspiration behind the song, how to recover from a “Sucker Punch” and how she’s empowering women through her music in more ways than one. Read below and watch the video premiere of Luna Aura’s “Sucker Punch” now:
What inspired the song “Sucker Punch”?
Luna Aura: I had been in a long-term relationship that really put me through Hell emotionally. We had met at a time where I was really blossoming into a confident and independent person, but he hurt me in ways that really effected my self-esteem and constantly had me second-guessing myself. And when it was all over, I didn’t know who I was anymore. It truly felt like getting punched in the gut, and when it was all over, I was left to deal with the pain alone.
How do you recover from a sucker punch?
LA: A two week Game of Thrones binge, good friends, and 20 lbs of Ben and Jerry’s.
What are some warning signs of when you’re dating someone who’s not authentic?
LA: I’m a firm believer that people show you their true colors the moment you meet them. It’s easy to get caught up in the fascination phase with somebody new and choose to ignore the red flags. My advice is to ALWAYS trust your instinct and inner voice, it’s there to protect you, and is sometimes the only thing you have at the end of the day. Especially when the dude you made out with last night won’t text you back today. He’s probably a bad kisser anyways.
What’s some advice you have as a strong independent women for maintaining the balance in relationships?
LA: Everything starts with you. There’s not a man in this world that can make you happier than you can make yourself. Do what you want to do in your life, grow and become the person you’ve always wanted to be, and it will be harder for you to rely on somebody else for purpose. Any man that can’t handle you being in control of your own life isn’t the one for you.
This was one of the more vulnerable songs you’ve written, how did it feel opening yourself up and sharing in this way?
LA: It was not only the first time I wrote a song that was so deeply personal to my experience, but the first time I wrote a song with another songwriter alongside Wolves. Sam Shrieve is an incredible writer and pushes me to be more honest and meaningful in my own writing. It felt like a really productive therapy session by the end of it.
You’ve shared stages with so many artists, what have been some highlights?
LA: I’m constantly in disbelief of all the cool shit I get to do, and the all the amazing people I’ve gotten to share stages with. My favorite moment so far was playing KABOO in San Diego. It was one of Tom Petty’s last live performances, and I got to experience it as an artist and doing what I love to do. P!nk and Alanis Morissette also played that stage, and of course I was in complete awe of both of those performances that weekend.
Biggest lesson you’ve taken away from all your experiences so far?
LA: The biggest lesson I’ve taken away from all of my experiences thus far is to trust myself. To listen to myself. In life, in business, in my artistry. Everybody has 100 years (if they’re lucky) to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. I’m constantly reminding myself that I choose what happens in my 100 years. Every day is a brand new lesson for me, honestly.
Who’s someone you’d still like to collaborate or perform with?
LA: I’ve been obsessed with Twenty One Pilots since they first started, so I would probably sob if I ever had an opportunity to work with them.
LA: 🤤 – I’m always talking about food.
Cause you want to actively draw more attention to?
LA: I actually just released a song called “Walk Away” with a producer named 3lau, and ALL the profits from that song go to a charity called Equality Now, which is an organization that helps fight the heinous mistreatment of women all over the world. It’s a cause that is really close to my heart, and we’ve already reached over 2 million streams online since we released it. So if anything, I would say to go and spend the dollar it takes to purchase the song and help us help others!