[Interview] Lauren Lane kicks off an impressive 2016.
By Kristin Gray
With such a busy start to a new year and no signs of slowing, Lauren Lane is no doubt making a name for herself in the DJ community. She has played at major festivals and venues around the world including BPM Festival, Coachella and SXM Festival, just to name a few. Her new EP was released on Eats Everything's new label Edible, complete with a music video to showcase her title track "Diary of a Madwoman." Along with her loyal travel companion, Bijou, expect to see Lauren continuing this busy schedule with her constant striving to create a positive musical influence for peers and fans alike.
It was really cool getting to play the Ants party in London. It was a sold out show and the venue is really cool. Electric Brixton was I think the perfect place to do it because it has a lot of character and seemed like the people there were really into the music. I really enjoyed my set, and everyone else there played great as well.
We shot the "Diary of a Madwoman" video all in one night in New York. We basically had all the ideas together. My friend Michelangelo of Energea, and the assistant producer Shaun Benjamin, aka Kid Singapore, as well as the director and cinematographer Andrew Coury from Direct Narrative. The four of us went out and guerrilla shot all over the city. The story takes us on the subway in Manhattan outside different clubs, and on the street. And you’ll see a cool shot going over the 59th street bridge. It was great shooting in New York City because there are a lot of interesting places visually. It also holds a special place in my heart because I lived there for 10 years. I think that New York is a very good representation of the song because there are two sides of the city. There’s a kind of mystery around every corner.
There is also a common lyric throughout the title track of “Does the world revolve around no one but you?”, what was the meaning behind this and the EP as a whole?
The lyric in the track “does the world revolve around no one but you?”, it’s an interesting sound bite that I took. I think it is an interesting concept that people need to think about, to see the bigger picture. And whether you’re thinking about world peace or what you can do to help your own environment day to day, we need to start thinking more externally rather than internally. The meaning behind the EP as a whole. We all have a little bit of madness in us as well as darkness, things we all have to face and explore to find the light.
What was it like growing up in Philly, then finding your true calling of producing and DJing in NYC?
I grew up in Philly and moved to New York when I was 18. I started record shopping with my friends when I was in high school. When I moved to New York I started to learn how to DJ. I taught myself after trying to play off my friend’s equipment one day, and I became instantly hooked. It became an instant passion. Then I moved to LA about 4 years ago, and it was good because it really took me out of my comfort zone. I became a resident at Sound, and for the past two years I have been kind of a nomad, traveling around. Summers in Ibiza and touring, living wherever I will be for that portion of the year. That has been really chaotic but fun and I'm looking forward to getting a home base again so I can concentrate on making more music.
Was there a particular moment in your life when you realized that creating and playing music was what you wanted to do?
I think the first moment that I ever saw somebody DJing, I was 15, and I was instantly fascinated. I was definitely not supposed to be in the club that I was in. I went with some friends and from that moment on I was completely interested in the music, hooked on finding music and making mixes for my friends. Even before I was a DJ, I would always make CDs. The moment I realized I wanted to be a DJ was when I got the opportunity to use someone’s equipment. I literally DJ'ed for eight hours straight until I could finally mix two vinyls together. Then maybe five years ago when I started to learn how to produce, I realized that time kind of melted away while I was in the studio, and it was one of those things that it never really felt like work. Even though it was a new challenge, I really enjoy creating something that has a lasting effect and impression on people. It still makes me excited to go into the studio to start new projects. And when people come up to me and tell me they like my music, that is the ultimate reward because that’s the goal, to make people enjoy themselves and have fun.
Your dog Bijou has earned her own Instagram account and has stolen the hearts of many of your followers. What is one of her greatest adventures on the road with you?
Bijou has definitely earned her own fans, and has her own hashtag, #lifeofbijou. We’ve had a lot of amazing adventures together and it’s funny, my mom jokes that [Bijou] has more stamps on her passport than [my mom] does. We have had some really amazing times. She has been to Mykonos, to Ibiza, and recently she went to St. Barths. I’m sure there's a lot more #lifeofbijou adventures to come, and she’s actually been to a lot of festivals this year. She’s been to Miami Music Week, SXM, BPM, and she’ll definitely be at Coachella and Ibiza. And she played the closing track at Rumors in Ibiza, you can find the photo on Instagram.
What, more than anything else, do you wish to convey to the world through your music?
I think with each different track, there might be a different message to convey. But in the music that I’m making now, it’s music that you can go out on the dance floor and lose yourself to. It creates a lot of energy. It can be played in a big or small room, and it seems like it makes people really amped up and happy. In the future I would like to explore other feelings or messages, but right now it’s dance floor music.
After such a successful start to this year, do you have any more upcoming projects in the works?
After a lot of really fun times already this year, with BPM and Carnival and SXM, playing Paradise and multiple gigs at Miami Music Week. I am going to be playing in Lima, Peru this weekend, the following weekend I will be in New York City for Babel and heading to Snowbombing in Austria. And I have a lot of fun gigs coming up in the summer. During Sonar, I’ll be playing multiple gigs in Ibiza for Paradise and Ants. Plus, look for more new music coming out, it should be a really fun year ahead!