California GIRL; Emma Johnson Gets the Lowdown on Los Angeles-Based House Music DJ Lauren Lane

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California GIRL; Emma Johnson Gets the Lowdown on Los Angeles-Based House Music DJ Lauren Lane


Byline: the guide clubs With Emma Johnson

IF I HAD a pound for every DJ who has told me the hardest part of their job is the travelling, I would not be writing this column. I would be travelling myself - mainly to places with stunning beaches and amazing shoe shops.

Hopping on and off planes, criss-crossing time zones, living out of a suitcase, as glamorous as that all sounds, I can see how doing it day in day could get tiresome.

Lauren Lane reckons she has got a handle on it, though. "I'm a professional nomad," she laughs. "I am getting good at it now."

Lauren certainly gets plenty of practice.

When we speak - her throat so croaky, she can barely drawl the words out - the Philadelphia-born DJ is coming off the back of a weekend that saw her play seven hours back to back with Waff for the Paradise club brand in Moscow, before turning in a two-hour set in Barcelona the next day for Spanish party monsters Elrow.

Less than 24 hours later and she is chatting to me from Ibiza. The White Isle is where she spends the summer, playing for revered brands like Paradise, Ants and Guy Gerber's Rumors, while, come autumn, you will mostly find Lauren down Mexico way.

"Home", technically, is an apartment in Los Angeles but New York is where she cut her teeth as a musician.

It's a terribly girly question to ask but, where is all her stuff? She laughs: "I had two storage units but I just cleared them out. Most of my things are in the apartment in LA but I tend to have things here and there."

This weekend, Lauren's things will, briefly, be right here as she joins Yousef, Loco Dice and our own Lauren - Lo Sung - to celebrate Circus' 14th birthday at the Arts Club. It will be her city debut as a DJ but not the first time the American has been here.

"I actually came with my family when I was 16 years old," she reveals. "We were on a trip to Europe and went to Paris and London. And then my father had business in Liverpool ... so we came to Liverpool!

"I have never partied there, though, so I am really looking forward to it. I haven't DJed with Yousef before but he has played some of the same parties as me and I am really looking forward to meeting him and seeing him play."

Although she only started putting her own tracks out in 2012 - the same year she landed a spot at the famous Burning Man Festival - Lauren has been plugging away at the music scene for more than a decade.

She was 15 the first time saw the effect a club DJ can have on a crowd and instantly she fell in love with dance music.

Aged just 19, Lauren moved to New York and began devoting her time to record hunting and learning to mix.

Says Lauren: "I taught myself to play using friends' equipment then started playing out in clubs in New York.

"It has been a steady progress. It wasn't an overnight thing. …

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