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Enzo’s interludes intervene the indie space

South LA native turned Trojan is breaking into the USC music scene

Enzo Luna strums guitar.

Growing up in South LA, Enzo Luna saw USC as a destination for field trips and the place students came from to mentor his elementary school classes.

In 2020 he joined the Trojan Family as a transfer student.

“Now that I go to USC, it’s cool because I get to see another side that I never knew about, all these opportunities that you get just being a USC student,” Luna said.

Luna is a Journalism major and though he had ambitions for careers in that field, he wants to find a time for music to have his full attention.

“I’m very excited [music] is going to be my main focus, at least in the first few months after graduating, just so I can have that little moment of freedom before I start diving into jobs as a journalist and starting out my career like that” Luna said.

Luna values the opportunity to collaborate with the rich community of student artists at USC.

When Luna was 15, he started writing songs and making beats in his free time. He worked alone, relying on a keyboard and GarageBand effects to supplement his guitar riffs, however, the music he made didn’t reach far beyond his bedroom.

He started first by putting out songs on SoundCloud in 2019 and promoting them on social media.

“I always say my music is sort of like a blend of many different elements, you know, like some foundation things such as jazz and just influences...the result is, comes together to create something new,” Luna said about his signature sound.

Earlier this year, Luna connected with Kennedy Hill, one of the co-founders of 5th Floor Studios, a USC-based production company striving to tell Black stories. Hill wanted Luna to produce music for the organization’s upcoming web series “Black College Show.”

The opportunity excited Luna but was out of his comfort zone.

“I was kind of hesitant to do it because I know I have a specific sound, and I’m not sure if it caters to something like a show,” Luna said.

What drew Hill to working with Luna was his personality and style.

“He’s down to earth,” Hill said. “He is and how we clicked within our friendship so quickly...he’s just very giving.”

The show comes out Nov. 24, and Luna is excited about the exposure he may receive from releasing his work to the public.

“I’m excited to see the songs in the show and in people’s reactions to it as well,” Luna said. “I’m also excited just to meet other artists based on this project because I know just from behind the scenes on other artists as well.”

Until recently, Luna’s music has been solely instrumental, but this year he has started collaborating with vocalists to bring some lyrics to his work. One of those collaborators is with fellow USC senior Jephtha Prempeh, Jr. who helps put words to Luna’s songs.

“One reason I think we went well together is because I’m primarily a vocalist, and he’s primarily a guitarist in terms of our instruments,” Prempeh said.

Luna takes pride in making a new sound while also drawing inspiration from artists such as Erykah Badu and Tyler the Creator.

“Enzo has reminded me how important it is, like we stand on the shoulders of giants,” Prempeh said. “We have so many great people to inspire us and he studies his references really well.”

The two have worked on several songs together and plan to release one in the near future.

From live performances to getting his music onto wider streaming platforms, Enzo is ready to bring his music to the world.