Likable Lunice Has the Inside Track to "Higher Ground"
It's not just a Canadian thing to say that Montreal-based Lunice, with Hudson Mohawke one-half of EDM monsters TNGHT, is overtly polite in describing himself. It's an everyday thing. There's not a speck of bad press to be found about the producer listed as 25 or 26 years of age, depending on the source. In fact, there may not have ever been a bad mark on his report card for all we know.
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While perusing interviews with Lunice for this article, I stumbled across a NPR appearance from this past SXSW, where he humbled himself in the presence of A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad. He admitted to never rapping, insisting he was terrible, before saying the B-boy aspect of hip-hop lured him into making music. So. Damn. Likable.
Since 2009 he has risen almost globally as a purveyor of sounds, a master at employing certain sections of mastodon-sized bass around plunked keys and synths. Last year, his TNGHT partnership with the Scottish producer Mohawke yielded more than commercial results; it gave them an even clearer gateway to pop accessibility.
When asked whether or not he knew songs like the bounding chart anthem "Higher Ground" would reach the heights they did, Lunice says, "Not really. We simply made what felt right to us.
"I strongly believe it's the people who made this song great and it's the people who influenced how big of an impact it became," he adds.
"Higher Ground" became key in advertisements across the globe and personal workout mixes for people everywhere. Adidas used the single for its "Colors" package highlighting NBA players Damian Lillard and Iman Shumpert, not to mention NFL All-Pro Von Miller. It remains TNGHT's signature song from their 2012 self-titled EP, and to this day garners huge reactions whenever Lunice plays somewhere.
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