"Distinctive and sultry psychedelic indie with hints of downbeat British electronica acts The xx and Portishead, mournful dashes of violin and melodic lead guitar flourishes." -NXNE
Lunic is New York singer-songwriter, electronic musician, & multi-instrumentalist Kaitee Page. A classically trained violist/violinist, Lunic fuses contemporary and classical instrumentation with electronic composition.
Lunic's most recent album, Future Sex Drama, is a blend of dark, ethereal synthpop and electro rock similar to Metric, The xx, Lights, or Ladytron. "Glossy enough for the dance floor but retaining that sinister edge." -CMJ
Page, born in upstate NY, attended university in Nashville, TN and moved to Los Angeles in 2003. Her experience as a performer began as an electric violinist and keyboard player in various LA-based pop/rock bands, most notably the Australian rock band Porcelain (Universal Records). Page began writing songs in early 2005 after seeing the British alt. rock band Muse perform live at Coachella Music Festival. In 2007, she relocated to London, but was deported a year later. From 2008-2012 she remained in Albany & New York City for two years each, and then moved to San Jose, Costa Rica in December 2012. Much of the inspiration for her writing is derived from her travels.
Her first release, in 2008, was a collection of demo songs called Skeletons written & recorded in California, followed quickly by the EP Splinter, recorded in London in just 3 days. They were followed up in 2009 by Lunic's official debut album titled Lovethief, written & recorded in upstate NY. In 2012 she released Future Sex Drama, a full-length written & recorded in Germany & New York City, originally described as, "sultry, ethereal, synthpop," by Lunic herself.
On Future Sex Drama, Lunic begins taking her first steps as producer, bringing together the experimentation behind her earlier work and a cutting edge pop aesthetic.
Each album tackles a different set of influences and styles. Her newest album, Future Sex Drama, incorporates influences as wide as The xx, Ladytron, Metric, & Placebo drawing from genres like electro-pop, new wave, synthpop, darkwave, alternative, and art-rock. This approach has allowed the project to remain flexible and evolving.
Lunic has shared the stage with artists such as Moby, PiL, Lights, Mindless Self Indulgence, Company of Thieves, Dredg, Meiko, & Bell X1. Her performance is, "a psychedelic display of lyric poetry in the form of an understated, powerful show." -TriState Indie. In 2012, Lunic was the winner of the PlanetRox competition and was chosen as the US headliner for the Envol et-Macadam festival in Quebec City, Canada. In 2013 Lunic was the Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Electronic Category for her song, "War."
Kaitee Page - Bass, Guitar, keys, Violin, Lead Vocals, beats
Masha Mayer - Drums
2012 Sept 1: Future Sex Drama (LP)
2009 May 14: Lovethief (LP)
2008 June 8: Splinter (EP)
2007 Oct 31: Skeletons (Demos)
Lunic to make Maui debut
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‘Lunic’ to make Maui debut Friday Performance part of ‘American Music Festival and Conference’ Oct...‘Lunic’ to make Maui debut Friday
Performance part of ‘American Music Festival and Conference’
October 25, 2012
By JON WOODHOUSE (email@example.com) , For The Maui News
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The American Music Festival and Conference 2012, which launched on Monday and continues through the weekend, has a mission to inspire new original music. With that aim, 40-plus bands featuring a spectrum of musical styles from New York, Virginia, Dallas and Mississippi, to Chicago, Italy, and the islands will perform at various clubs culminating in a grand finale on Sunday at Camp Keanae.
This unique event includes live performances, workshops, clinics, showcases and industry networking.
One of the exciting acts making their Maui debut is Lunic, an electronic/rock/pop one-woman band from New York. Multi-instrumentalist Kaitee Page is Lunic. On her latest album, "Future Sex Drama," a beguiling blend of ethereal synthpop and electronic rock, she does a Prince, playing all the instruments.
Multi-instrumentalist Kaitee Page is “Lunic.” She will be part of the Sunday finale of the “American Music Festival and Conference 2012” at Camp Keanae.
Photo courtesy Julia Zave
Imagine a cross between such English electro-pop bands as Ladytron and The xx with the swirl of classic Pet Shop Boys.
"Listen to Kaitee Page's dense, classical arrangements and her angelic yet dynamic voice and it's hard to believe it's only been two years since she launched her all-out assault on pedestrian pop rock armed with her piano, violin and hitherto unknown songwriting chops," praised Citybeat.
A classically trained violist/violinist, Lunic fuses contemporary and classical instrumentation with electronic music composition.
To debut songs from her latest recording on Maui she will employ an array of loops and samplers with various live instruments. "I played all the instruments on my album, so at shows for drum beats I either trigger them live or have them programmed electronically," Page explains. "I'll pick up the violin in the middle of a set and I have a mini-Korg keyboard and play electric guitar."
Page first began studying viola as an 8-years-old. That training led to the violin. "I have 5-string electric, so it's both a viola and a violin," she says.
The violin has become a distinctive element in a number of contemporary bands from Arcade Fire and Dave Mathews to Ra Ra Riot. "My favorite band is Placebo and in some of their live videos they have a touring electric violinist," she notes.
Releasing her first recording in 2008, a collection of demo songs called "Skeletons," Lunic's official debut album "Lovethief," followed a year later.
Among her composing credits she placed in the top three of the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest's Electronic Category and received an honorable mention for her song "Oh No Yoko!" at the 2010 SongCircle Songwriter Awards.
Her obvious talent has allowed her to finance her career through fan supported web sites. In recent years a number of emerging artists have been able accomplish recording success through this novel medium, bypassing the typical music label route.
A New York Times article about a 2010 music industry report noted: "The sum spent on a new artist or group is typically $1 million. The report did not point out that the approximately 4,000 lucky artists who are on the rosters of the major record companies represent 0.3 percent of the artists found on MySpace."
"Before I started on my own I played violin and keyboards in the band Porcelain, which was signed to Universal Records," Page says. "And I learned there was a down side to a major label. I wanted to not have a middle person and play directly to fans and hear their voices giving me ideas. You're owned with a major label so that's why I chose to do the last two albums on a fan-funded basis, through Sellaband. More well known bands are doing it now like IAMX. They just raised their entire budget in 24 hours on PledgeMusic. The lead singer of the Dresden Dolls raised $1 million on Kickstarter. And Rusted Root is now raising money on their own website. You can just make art for fans. You don't have to have somebody telling you to be more like Kelly Clarkson or Britney Spears. You can just be yourself and be true to the art."
The American Music Festival and Conference continues tonight with a Rap Showcase at Oceans, featuring Jordan Frescher, Marly Dumarz and LilJ.
On Friday, Lulu's Lahaina will host a Halloween-Cosplay Bash with Lunic and DJ Nocturna with prizes for best costume.
The festival moves to Keanae for the final two days, running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday a back-porch campfire jam will feature Homesick Elephant, Carpool to Nashville, Pa'amana, Dan Saunders, Christina Gomes, Stef Muzic, Art of Whimsy and Joel Katz.
Sunday's finale includes music by Edge of Paradise, Lunic, Abbey St. John, Homesick Elephant, Saving the Orphan, Flashdrive, and more. Plus there's an all-ages Halloween Cosplay Ball with internationally celebrated DJ/producer Kraddy.
Workshops during the weekend will feature Karyn Sarring of the music department at UH Maui College with "How to Get What You Want Out of Your Music;" Scott Patrick Sellitto of Dancing Mice Productions with "Music in Film and Visual Media;" and Hunter Scott of LaFamos PR & Branding discussing PR assessments.
* The American Music Festival and Conference 2012 runs today through Sunday. Admission to club dates is $8. All day tickets for Camp Keanae events are $48. For more info visit www.amfc2012hawaii.com.
Lunic - CMJ Spotlight
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Kaitee Page makes late-night music. Come nightfall, New York City becomes a dark, ethereal place...Kaitee Page makes late-night music.
Come nightfall, New York City becomes a dark, ethereal place. After the banality of the 9-to-5, six million souls have to let out their angst somehow: dancing, drinking, wandering. And with this urban lycanthropy comes the necessity for an appropriate set of tunes, glossy enough for the dance floor but retaining that sinister edge. Electronic-rock extraordinaire Lunic knows this quite well. As a Gotham native, she can’t help but make the city her muse.
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kaitee Page creates an immense range of sounds, typical and otherwise. Even though Lunic grounds itself in the type of high-production rock popularized by bands like Garbage and Metric, the technological risk-taking that defines her 2009 debut, Lovethief, makes the night anthems all the more epic. This is even more true with regards to Lunic’s newer tracks, like “Moving On” (peep the video below). Over a driving, club-y synth line peppered with hints of that melancholy violin, Page vows to get over a breakup the way New Yorkers do: wearing skinny jeans and old sneakers, getting drunk and letting the nightlife work its magic. Other tracks, like the forlorn “Far Away” (featuring a chilling violin solo by Berson), tackle the immense loneliness that paradoxically strikes, even in a gigantic metropolis.
In addition to opening for the likes of Moby, PiL, & Mindless Self Indulgence, Lunic has maintained a steady stream of headlining gigs in the tri-state area. But Lunic’s fans aren’t just local: Lovethief was funded completely by the band’s fans around the world, a demographic that will only grow with Lunic’s next LP, slated for a summer 2012 release.
Live Review - Launch Music Conference
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Lunic is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kaitee Page from New York City. Her act consists of...Lunic is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kaitee Page from New York City. Her act consists of atmospheric electropop music that takes its influences from bands like The xx and Portishead. Her performance (at Launch Music Conference) was a psychedelic display of lyric poetry in the form of an understated, powerful show. The songs were subtly brilliant, as no parts were overdone, and the overall sound fit the dark and smoky stage on which she played. Page’s voice, hypnotizing and melodic lulled the audience into a somber contemplation. The music, electronically inspired and down-right trippy was a great way to introduce a genre that’s not fully figured out at this point. It wasn’t hard enough to be straight rock. It wasn’t synthed-out enough to be too poppy, either. It was in between these genres, but the whole time the performance was sultry and captivating. Lunic is great, and I’m glad to have seen the show. Keep your eyes peeled for a video interview, as well, as we caught up with Lunic in the TSI band lounge.
Distinctive and sultry
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NY singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lunic makes distinctive and sultry psychedelic indie with...NY singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lunic makes distinctive and sultry psychedelic indie with hints of downbeat British electronica acts the XX and Portishead, mournful dashes of violin and melodic lead guitar flourishes.
Live Review - Toronto, Canada - Canadian Music Week
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Lunic. Yes, this luscious Manhattan singer-songwriter is extremely pleasing on the eye. Her performa...Lunic. Yes, this luscious Manhattan singer-songwriter is extremely pleasing on the eye. Her performance was very electro-rock oriented but sounded pretty distinct. I couldn’t help swaying my head back and forth to her beats. Beautiful and dark, her songs offered a lot of promise especially the song Hypnotized. I kept playing it over and over again on myspace. The experience reminded me of finding a great article of clothing at at thrift. You know if you look hard enough you will find something special.
Lovethief Album Review from Berlin, Germany
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In New York (USA) scheint wirklich einiges zu gehen was Musik und echten Support angeht, denn dieses...In New York (USA) scheint wirklich einiges zu gehen was Musik und echten Support angeht, denn dieses kleine nette Scheibchen entstand durch den Support von Fans! Selten sowas! Ich erinnere mich, daß es dieses Album im Berliner Club K17 irgendwann am Einlass für lau am Einlass in die Hand gab. Nicht, daß ich nicht schon genug Alben zum Checken hätte, aber ein Musikjunkie bleibt eben ewig auf "Droge"! ;-) Und was diese New Yorker Songwriterin bereits mit "The Dark House" (Track 1) auffährt gefällt direkt. Richtig rein geht es mittels "Masquerade" (Track 2; Anspieltip I), das popig und super catchy einfängt und die Tanzflächen der Clubs mit Leichtigkeit füllen dürfte! Besonders klasse ist die Violine in den Drive eingebettet. Ähnlich catchy geht es bei "Him" (Track 3) zu. Lunic braucht den Vergleich zu großen Pop-Künstlern nicht zu scheuen, zumal die Zutaten bei ihr zu keinem Zeitpunkt wie am Reißbrett entworfen wirken, sondern viel mehr der Spaß an der Musik authentisch hörbar rüberkommt. Sexy, catchy und voller Drive. Da darf es gern auch mal etwas ruhiger zugehen - "Love Me" (Track 4). Die Stimme und das Arrangement stimmen in nahezu perfekter Dosierung, wie ich es im Pop-Bereich (zumindest von Newcomern) seit Jahren nicht gehört habe - "The Little Room" (Track 6). Man kann sich bei diesem Album einfach herrlich zurücklehnen und es die Lauscher umschmeicheln lassen, denn unangenehm (um es vorwegzunehmen) wird es zu keinem Zeitpunkt, wenngleich der etwas ungewöhnliche Beginn bei "Sober" (Track 9) kurz irritiert, dann aber von der Atmosphäre dieses sexy besungenen Deliriums zu bestechen weiß und selbst die Trompetentöne nicht weiter stören. Im Gegenteil es erinnert an die großen amerikanischen Filme der '50er Jahre, trotz der modernen Arrangements. Daß "Hypnotized" (Track 3) da irgendwie wie das perfekte - fast logische Schlußlicht wirkt und mittels des Sirenen-hypnotischen Gesanges wegen durchaus dem Songtitel alle Ehre macht, darf nur noch als reine Randnotiz gelten. Klasse Album, dem wirklich minimalste Haaresbreite zur Hammermake fehlt(e). Manchmal spülen diese Zeiten eben doch echte Perlen an Land!
"Wow...Wow, wow, wow, and wow!"
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Fan Reviews What all of you are saying: "Wow...Wow, wow, wow, and wow. I haven't been as diligen...Fan Reviews
What all of you are saying:
"Wow...Wow, wow, wow, and wow. I haven't been as diligent as I normally am when adding a band (since I am a complete music snot, and as such, usually refuse add requests from bands on myspace), but I just gave what you've got a listen, and, um, well...wow. Thank you for being talented. Thank you for sending me an add request, eventhough I only just now listened to your music...and am now hopelessly addicted. I must now begin pacing frantically until your album comes out." -AJ (San Jose, CA) Dec. 2006
"Lovin the Wake Up tune!!! Hey I run quite a lot of stuff on the south coast music wise so as you can imagine I've had more demos sent to me than Pete Doherty's had drug fuelled night!!! But am seriously lovin the Wake Up tune...are you signed???" -mc chatz (Bournemouth, South UK) Feb. 2007
"Just wanted to say that I'm really loving your music! I've gone through each track several times now. Truly beautiful... it's infused with such poetic lyricism and accompanied by an even more beautiful voice. I think you're amazingly talented with a unique sense of style. Gorgeous photographs too! Wishing you nothing but the very best. Peace," -Tadeh (California) Jan. 2007
"I am impressed with your music. Had a good listen to it - personally if you're not already signed you should be. You have an excellent voice and if you are singing and playing the violin that's really superb! You have a great talent, even the the rest of the band they are really tight - that's what you need to be a great musician. Not much else I can say, I am pretty much speachless with your work. Keep it up and you will definitely go far with your career." -Shaun (Leven, UK) Feb. 2007
"Just listened to your demo songs and I think they're brilliant! In today's world of manufactued ken and barbie 'stars' it's refreshing to see someone with actual talent and who isn't afraid to express what they feel instead of sticking to what's popular! You have a beautiful and haunting quality to your voice and music, your lyrics are both unusual and down to earth and I love the piano/violin bits in particular! Anyway lookin forward to hearin more of your music, keep it up and enjoy your time this year :) all the best," -Downie (Thetford, Norfolk UK) Jan. 2007
"Woah. I'm in love. Your music is amazing. Your voice is ... I'm not sure how to say... just soothing and ... unique... and it penatrates, I'm not sure if that makes any sense. But yeah. I really like your music, lyrics and everything. You're also a very talented writer." -Hunter (Mt. Juliet, TN) Nov. 2006
"Katie... wow! Something has gotten in to you. These two new songs are, IMHO, the best songs you have done so far. The lyrics are mature, they are personal; but, they also invite reflection....not that your other lyrics weren't also serious and personal; but, these seem a little less esoteric; a little less chain-of-thought. The music is tight (liked the strings- cello?- on wake up).. a little more guitar-lead in them than I remember hearing from you before...and that's not a bad thing. We like the rock n' roll =). Great work on these...keep on rocking...and good luck with the location change... peace" -Quincy (Philadelphia, PA) Feb. 2007
"Just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for such an amazing gift that you give to the world. You have inspired me to write my own songs, ok my songs suck balls but everyone has to start somewhere and not everyone can be as good as you, hehehe. Anyway, you go girl, Rock on" -Gaz (UK) Jan. 2007
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