DJ Anna Lunoe makes touring and releasing music while she's pregnant look easy

A pregnant Beyonce famously pulled out of Coachella in 2017 before even more famously headlining the following year at the Empire Polo Grounds. It turned out, however, that anyone who attended Coachella in 2017 still could have seen a performance from a beloved artist while she was pregnant.

Australian DJ, vocalist and radio host Anna Lunoe announced she was expecting just days before she threw down one of her signature bass house sets in the sweltering desert heat. Skrillex even stopped by her set to congratulate her on stage. 

About two years after she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Willa, Lunoe is again pregnant with her soon-to-be son, who’s expected to arrive in spring 2020.

“The cool thing about this pregnancy is the bulk of my touring was at the very beginning,” Lunoe told AOL. “I wasn’t really showing, so I was able to keep it to myself. … You can’t really tell people too soon because it jinxes it a little bit.”

Even though the secret wasn’t out yet this summer, she still had to take minor precautions while touring for her health. Fortunately, that included some sweet perks that sparked some jealousy amongst her friends and fellow performers backstage.

“I had everyone hustling for food for me,” Lunoe said. “I would be DJing and someone would come up and give me a beautiful smoothie. … I was hanging out with my friends and someone handed me vegetable curry. They were like, ’What? Anna’s getting some serious service.’ They were cranky about it. But it’s obvious, now.”

As she did for Willa, Lunoe expects to take a couple months off from touring after giving birth and only has a handful of gigs booked for the rest of the year. But if she sticks to the same routine she did before, you’ll still be able to hear her every week on her Apple Music Beats 1 radio show Hyperhouse, which continued without a break in 2017.

Lunoe was so committed to the show that she prerecorded episodes for her two weeks off and resumed recording from her house for a while after that abbreviated maternity leave.

“I never stopped listening to music, I never unplugged from the scene,” Lunoe said. “I thought [maternity leave] was going to feel like a long time, but it didn’t at all.”

If Lunoe’s fans didn’t already know her second pregnancy won’t keep her from her work, she released a new single just two weeks after revealing her bump. The gritty club slammer “One Thirty” is her first collaboration with fellow Aussie Nina Las Vegas, whom she met in 2006 while they were both working at FBi Radio in Sydney. One of dance music’s most endearing friendships has followed.

"I was working reception one morning, because you had to work reception to start getting involved in shows," Lunoe said. "She came in and I remember meeting her, and we would see each other around for 3 months. Then, we started making plans and doing stuff together and we quickly became really good friends."

What lies ahead for Lunoe? Aside from becoming a mother of two, she doesn’t have a clue. She admittedly doesn’t plan anything more than 6 months in advance. 

However, she does have one goal in mind.

“I want to play in Ibiza. I’ve never played there,” Lunoe said. “The opportunities have come up when it doesn’t make sense for me and it hasn’t happened, but I would like that. I don’t even know if I need to play there, I just need to go and have fun for two weeks.”

You can’t blame her for wanting to get away for two weeks — even if it may be the maximum amount of time she can bear to spend away from the studio.  

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SURREY, BC - JULY 03: Musical artist Anna Lunoe performs onstage during day 2 of FVDED In The Park at Holland Park on July 3, 2016 in Surrey, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
DJ Anna Lunoe performs in concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Camden, N.J. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Zac Efron, left, and DJ Anna Lunoe attend the “We Are Your Friends” after party at The Mid, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: DJ Anna Lunoe attends FENDI & VOGUE Celebrate the Launch of FENDI'S "Bicycle" and VOGUE'S "Last Look" at Fendi on 5th Avenue on May 20, 2009 in New York. (Photo by DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - MAY 24: Anna Lunoe performs during 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago at Chicagoland Speedway on May 24, 2013 in Joliet City. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Anna Lunoe visits SiriusXM Studios on October 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Anna Lunoe performs onstage during day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Coachella)
SQUAMISH, BC - AUGUST 08: Anna Lunoe performs on stage during Day 1 of Squamish Valley Music Festival on August 8, 2014 in Squamish, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/FilmMagic)
SQUAMISH, BC - AUGUST 08: Anna Lunoe performs on stage during Day 1 of Squamish Valley Music Festival on August 8, 2014 in Squamish, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/FilmMagic)
POMONA, CA - NOVEMBER 01: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image has been modified using digital filters) Producer Anna Lunoe poses backstage during day 1 of HARD Day of the Dead at Fairplex on November 1, 2014 in Pomona, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 21: Actor Zac Efron and actress Emily Ratajkowski join on stage with DJ Anna Lunoe at "We Are Your Friends" tour afterparty on August 21, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: DJ Anna Lunoe performs in the Sahara Tent during day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: DJ Anna Lunoe performs in the Sahara Tent during day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Anna Lunoe performs at the Sahara Tent during day 3 of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 2) on April 23, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: AC Slater and Anna Lunoe perform during the 2018 Electric Zoo Festival at Randall's Island on August 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Anna Lunoe performs onstage during the 2018 Made In America Festival - Day 2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 2, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: DJ Anna Lunoe and Diplo perform on stage at 2019 IDMA Award Show at Faena Theater on March 28, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 28: Anna Lunoe and Diplo perform at SiriusXM Broadcasts Live From The IDMA After Party At The Faena Theater In Miami on March 28, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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