Red Bull Music Academy Club Tour @ The Monarch Theatre

EDM artists, DJs, and producers could learn a thing or two from Lunice, at least in regard to how to hustle. The 25-year-old Montreal native cut his teeth as a b-boy in the early Aughts, popping and locking as member of the 701 Squad and working gigs nonstop before gradually switching over to beat-making after getting inspired by 9th Wonder. He blasted his electro-heavy hip-hop at the infamous Megasoid parties and at influential Montreal club events like Bass Culture, created a popular DIY video (which featured his slick dance moves) on YouTube for Lazer Sword's "Gucci Sweatshirt," and eventually hooked up with Diplo and did remix work for Mad Decent. And in 2010, Lunice spent five weeks enrolled in the globetrotting Red Bull Music Academy in London, honing his techniques while learning a wealth of production, composition, and performance skills. He's one of the three performers — along with rapper Rockie Fresh and fellow EDM producer and Red Bull alum B. Bravo — on the academy's current club tour, which will swing through the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street, on Thursday, December 5. Their gig starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. See www.relentless beats.com.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.