“I just did a live show in San Francisco and this guy came up to me and said, ‘I honestly felt everything you were going through when you wrote this music,’ explains Lauren Flax. “It was literally the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. It’s incredible that people can feel that in my music.”
With a gripping sound that builds on edgy textures, acidic stabs and frenzied analogue rhythms, the 40-year-old holds nothing back when channelling her experiences through her work. Originally from Detroit, she was driven out of her home at a young age and found solace within the rave community. “It was the first time I found out what a real community is, and it was filled with people that could really be there for a queer like me,” she explains. “It was around this time I moved into my first apartment, which was $179 a month and was across the street from a medium security prison and above a bondage bar. That was my first home.”
Having sparked her musical passion when she learned to play drums at the age of 10, once she found electronic music, Lauren immersed herself in the work of artists like Drexcyia and Front 242. She dived head-first into the local Detroit scene, picking up shifts at record shops like Record Time and Detroit Threads. “Threads just felt like a little family,” she says. “I would stay on top of all the records that would come in and just discover things constantly.” With such wealth of knowledge at her fingertips, it was only a matter of time before she was ready to start Djing and producing herself.