In the past four years, Lauren Lane has secured her place on extraordinary lineups alongside artists like Jamies Jones, Eats Everything, Martin Buttrich, and many more. Since her debut EP on Saved Records, the underground tech-house talent has seen releases on Edible and Visionquest, to name a few. She now resides in Los Angeles, where she is hard at work on new music for her gigs across the world including Dayclub in Indio this weekend and Warung in Brazil at the end of the month. Between shows on her globe-trotting career, we were able to have a chat with Lauren on her favorite parties, new works, and upcoming gigs.
WWD: Thanks for joining us, Lauren. Glad to have you with us.
LL: Glad to be here.
WWD: You’ve played all over the world in some of the best venues like DC-10, Coachella, Decibel, Rio MC, what have been some of your favorites and why?
LL: DC-10 is obviously one of the best clubs in the world. It was definitely one of my goals to play that from the first time I went there. I was super inspired to make DJing go from a just a hobby to a career. Not only is it an amazing party but it’s got a sentimental value to me because it was something that really inspired me to reach my goals. It was one of the craziest dancefloors, the crowd is just so into it. Also Warung Club in Brazil is one of my favorite places, I’ve played there 5 or 6 times now. I’ve played indoors in what they call the Temple and outside in the Garden. They’re both two totally different vibes, two of the best places to play in the world.
Obviously it’s always really nice to play in California because I live here for half the year. I’ve played at Coachella twice now, at the Yuma. I was actually lucky enough to have played the Yuma tent in its first year. It’s really cool to see how it’s been developed and how the fanbase for the music that is showcased in there has grown over the past 4-5 years.
I used to live in New York, so I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for New York. I played Panther Room not that long ago, I love that room at Output. Warehouse parties there are amazing. There are lot of amazing places all around the world.
WWD: Absolutely. I can imagine the travel can be also pretty taxing. How have you been able to cope?
LL: You know, I’ve always just really liked to travel. I like going to an airport, getting on an airplane, which I know a lot of people hate [laughs] but for me, I eventually start getting bored when I’m in one place for too long. It keeps me motivated and I feel like the more I move around, the more motivation and drive I have. If I stay in one place too long I start getting into a routine and I feel like I’m not as creative and motivated, so it’s good. Always an inspiration.
WWD: Of course, of course. And you’ll be playing Dayclub as well as Lightning in A Bottle’s Woogie Stage this year; that’s got to be pretty exciting. In your experience, how would you say the West Coast festival circuit differs from the rest of the world?
LL: Yeah, I’m super excited. I’ve always wanted to play LiB for a while now. I’ve actually never been because I’ve always played other places on Memorial Day Weekend. I’ve gone to Movement Detroit a lot, so I’m really looking forward to it.
WWD: Detroit is always a good time as well!
LL: Yeah! It’s one of my favorite festivals. but I’m really looking forward to checking [LiB] out. From the pictures I’ve seen, it looks amazing and with all the recent rainfall, it looks even more beautiful where it’s going to be this year so I’m pretty stoked about that.
WWD: It’s definitely a good one. How long have you been living in LA and do you think moving to the West Coast has changed your sound and style at all?
LL: Well, I moved here 5 years ago and it’s gone by so fast just because 2 of the 5 years I really wasn’t here as much, but now I’m in and out a lot and I’ve been making a point to spend more time here because now I actually have a place. For 2 years, I didn’t even have a real residence, I was just kind of like a gypsy-nomad. [laughs] Tour life… But anyway, it’s a really nice place to live and the music scene has grown a lot too for underground music since I’ve been out here.
However, my style hasn’t changed so much since I moved from New York to LA. If anything it kinda helped maybe bring some more of the Deep House/Tech-House sounds to the clubs and the festivals here. I feel like a lot of people in LA may have never been able to experience it 5 years ago when it was mostly just driven by EDM. It’s just really nice to see how it’s evolved and how people have really expanded their horizons with sounds and different genres.
WWD: Do you have a favorite non-electronic music? What do you listen to when it’s not House music?
LL: I listen to a lot of older music. I listen to 80’s music, classic rock, old Hip-Hop. I really like old school music. I do like some new bands too, but since I spend a lot of time focusing on finding new music for my sets and discovering new artists, like electronic artists, it’s harder for me to find non-electronic bands. I kind of grew up listening to a lot of the music my parents listened to. And I still actually like a lot of that music today so it kinda stuck with me. But yeah, Coachella for me is a great place to find new bands and there’s some new sounds that I don’t really get to listen to in my free time.
WWD: There’s a reason they call them classics. Do you have any advice for the kids?
LL: [chuckles] In what sense?
WWD: Like for upcoming producers or anybody trying get in the scene? Basically, life advice from the infamous Lauren Lane.
LL: [laughs] Whatever it is that you love, it doesn’t even have to be DJing —it can apply to DJing or producing—if you really love it and you feel like it is your passion and your dream, don’t give up; I feel like that’s like half the battle. People might tell you no, or you might feel like you aren’t getting the opportunities that you want but if you keep working towards it and you really dedicate yourself to it, eventually it will come around. You just need to put in the time, effort, and love into it.
That’s something that i’ve learned, and I think you know everyone goes through that period like, “is this a real career?” especially when you’re an artist. Then you have to decide, “okay, I’m going to go for it and put everything else on the back burner and really push through it.” And that’s scary but in the end the payoff is great. So yeah, that’s what I would say: Don’t give up and always stay true to yourself.
It’s cool to pull inspirations from other people but don’t ever change because you want to follow a trend or you want to do what’s popular now because the best thing you can do is to be different and do something that’s more unique relative to everyone else.
WWD: That’s very true, I think that’s really good advice. Okay, last question… Fuck, Marry, Kill: Club, Warehouse, Festival?
WWD: You can feel free to omit this one if you’re not feeling it.
LL: I’ll say fuck the warehouse, marry the festival, and kill the club
WWD: Nice one! Thank you for joining us Lauren!
LL: Okay, thank you so much for having me.
Catch Lauren Lane this weekend at Day Club Palm Springs for the Sound Takeover with The Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82, and Sasha.