Lurayana is the moniker of Milan-based Italian producer Ludovica Nazzaro.
She grew up in a family of musicians, surrounded by funk, jazz and the rock of the 70s. She further developed her passion for music thanks to her beloved late aunt, who’s still an inspiration for her.
Lurayana’s project started during Covid lockdown, when she put apart her previous pop demos and started approaching a more experimental sound.
Her debut single ‘Dear Tempo‘ is the result of her complete artistic freedom. Hypnotic electro sounds make the pair with drum and bass textures and a touch of edm. An intense and trippy background which perfectly encapsulated Lurayana’s silky, sampled vocals.
Speaking about the song, she explains: “This song and my project represent a new beginning. For the first time, I finally started understanding and truly loving myself for who I am, and what I am. I made the decision to distance myself from the standard pop format, in favor of a songwriting style, based off of a few selected sampled words. In the past I was almost obsessed with lyrics and their meaning, to the point it had almost become a paranoia, which was hurting my creativity. There’s room now, it’s liberating. It’s a different way for me to express myself, I’m vulnerable, but it’s sincere“.
She adds: ”’Dear Tempo’ was born during a studio session with a dear friend of mine from Avellino, gima. We were here, in my new city Milan, after quite some time spent experimenting with sounds and melodies. Then the guitar line arrived and the song started to take form. I felt the need to leave room for production, to make my voice a sample, distorted but clear at times, just like I often feel lately. I thank gima for being able to see and understand what I would like to be through my music. This song is a liberating anthem from any emotional chain. It feels so good to see how the strangest thoughts manage to take shape and birth in a song.”
‘Dear Tempo‘ is the first single off of Lurayana’s debut EP, which will be released later this year.