British electro pop/dance artist Luciana recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Luciana discussed her latest single, "U B The Bass," creative inspirations, her viral collaboration with Betty White, navigating the evolving electronica/dance genre, and her forthcoming EP, among other topics.
"['U B The Bass' is] a song about being in the moment, because I always like to write about being in the moment," said Luciana. "If you're a clubber and you're in a club, it is about that moment."
With influences such as David Bowie, the Pretenders and Blondie, Luciana began her music career as a teenager in the mid-'90s, signing with Chrysalis Records and releasing singles such as "Get It Up for Love," "One More River" and "If You Want." The London-born artist further developed her songwriting and live performance craft in 1996 when she joined the already-established pop group Crush.
Luciana has recently emerged at the forefront of the electro nu-wave movement with an electric sound that has infiltrated dance floors across the United States. She has scored three No. 1 singles on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs Chart, including 2012's "Something For The Weekend," featuring Dave Audé, and 2011's "I'm Still Hot," the latter of which spawned a viral YouTube video featuring GRAMMY winner Betty White. She has also collaborated with artists such as Tiësto, Taio Cruz and Kylie Minogue, co-writing "Cupid Boy" on the latter artist's 2010 album Aphrodite.
Luciana released her latest single, "U B The Bass," in March and is working on an EP with producers Audé, Deadmau5 and GRAMMY winner Benny Benassi. She is currently in the midst of a global tour, with dates scheduled through June.