is the World’s Number One Female DJ. That’s not self proclaimed, that’s a fact. For almost fifteen years, she has left such an imprint on the dance scene that there are very little clubbers who have never heard of her or her high energy sets. From selling out stadiums in South Africa
to playing the biggest and best clubbing events across Europe
, Lisa Lashes
has torn up dance floors across the world. And now it’s America’s turn. This weekend sees Lisa play Electric Daisy Carnival
in Las Vegas
to mark the latest in a growing number of U.S. dates in her diary. We caught up with her and found out exactly when she loves playing in the U.S. and how she’s preparing for EDC
Hi Lisa, how are you?
I’m very well. I’m keeping busy with my hectic DJ schedule. This month alone has involved lots of international shows including Jakarta
and of course Vegas
For some of the American audience who are new to the EDM world, can you introduce yourself and what they can expect to hear you play?
I'm DJ Lisa Lashes
and if you like your music uptempo, energetic, bass driven with rollin' phat synths then check me out when I'm in the US at an event near you! I promise not to disappoint!
I'm sure you're well educated in the events Insomniac throw. Are you excited for EDC?
Absolutely. I’ve seen the sneak preview pictures of the BassCon
stage I’m playing and, having experienced the amazing production from Nocturnal Wonderland
when I played there, I’m really looking forward to EDC
The one thing that DJs say when they reach the EDC Vegas site is, "Wow"! How do you prepare yourself playing to 150,000 kids in the middle of the Nevada desert…with fireworks going off behind you?
You can never prepare fully as it’s such an amazing experience. I like to prepare myself musically by spending as much time behind my decks at home as possible so I have the best new music to showcase, which will include some of my new productions. I’ll also be bringing to the event my own style of mixing, cutting, scratching and FX to keep everyone dancing throughout my set. Of course I like to look as good as I can on stage so I’m currently refreshing my blue hair, breaking in my festival boots with some thick wooly socks and smelling like a biscuit with the layer of fake tan I’ve just smothered on! And no, I won't be posting a twit pic of this! (Aww - Ed)
How are you finding playing to the American audience compared to the rest of the world? Do you have to adapt your sets?
I always take a cross section of music wherever I play. To be a good DJ, you need to adapt to the crowd by finding those key tunes which enable my set to go from one style to another. It keeps me on my toes too as I love to play a lot of different genres in my DJ sets.
You've been in the industry for a number of years now and pretty much done it all in the "other time zones". Is this EDM explosion in the U.S. a new challenge for you?
I think it’s an exciting time for the US. They've embracing the amazing international dance scene and I look forward to contributing to it with my knowledge of dance music as best as I know how.
Can we expect to see more of Lisa Lashes playing on U.S. soil in the near future?
Oh yes you can as I’m playing NYC
on the 3rd July
in Washington DC
on the 6th July
. Fingers crossed for more dates before the end of 2013 too as I love the enthusiastic American crowd.
Will you be hanging around Vegas at all to attend some of the infamous Vegas pool parties Insomniac are putting on during the weekend?
I’m in Vegas
for three days so a pool party with amazing DJs sounds like my kind of fun. Throw a couple of Margaritas in the mix and you can count me well and truly in.
You can catch Lisa Lashes at the Basscon
stage on Saturday June 22nd