When UK songstress Lauren Nicole puts pen to paper, electrifying dance anthems come to life. Once a BBC Introducing ‘one to watch,’ Lauren has gone on to collaborate with some of the biggest names around as a respected vocalist and songwriter.
‘Love It (Sun Goes Down)’ saw Lauren team up with Dubdogz, KVSH and DISORDER on Spinnin’ Records amassing over 4 million streams on Spotify alone. Brazilian bass house star Öwnboss soon called upon Lauren’s talents for single ‘Delusional’ and the list continues with MATTN, Selva, and Wanklemut to name a few.
It’s been a hot minute since we connected with Lauren at Amsterdam Dance Event 2023, and even longer since she joined on the dancefloor at SHINE Ibiza with Ferry Corsten in action, so we jumped at the chance to catch up over 10 questions.
1.You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in dance music, what is it about house/EDM that inspires you?
I’ve always been such huge fan of House/EDM music – I just love how it brings a room alive. People can get lost in the music and just purely live in the moment and this for sure inspires my art.
2.You’re also active in the K-Pop scene, who are some artists from this genre that you think should be on our radar?
My favourite K-pop bands at the moment have to be ITZY and IVE. They have their own unique sound but are also starting to use a lot more ‘western’ styles in their new music which I love as I’ve always been a big fan of girl bands such as Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. So, these bands really are the best of both worlds.
3.We know you love Ibiza, where are your favourite places to party on the island and what makes Ibiza so special in your opinion?
I was only introduced to the Ibiza scene in the last couple of years as my management (Truelove Music) team are based there. I fell in love with it straight away – the music, the sun, the people – I just can’t get enough of it. I think my favourite place to party so far has been Ushuaïa as it literally feels like a festival every day. But I do also love Eden, Hī, Ibiza Rocks, Amnesia – there is just so much going on over there its one crazy non-stop party and a mecca for all things electronic music.
4.What is the best DJ/artist set you’ve seen this year and why was it so memorable?
This is a hard one. I’ve always been a big fan of Tïesto and so getting to see him this year was a massive highlight for me. Danny Howard’s set at Amnesia was also one to remember, but I think top place probably goes to Becky Hill, I’ve seen her twice now and her vocal ability and the show she puts on amazes me every time. She is incredible live.
5.You’re super active on the ground when it comes to events such as the International Music Summit and Amsterdam Dance Event, for anyone starting out why do you think these gatherings are so important and do you have any tips for gaining the most out of the experience?
I love these events as they are SO good for networking and for meeting likeminded people. Probably 80% of my contacts and friends now within the industry have come from attending these events. The best advice I could give is to throw yourself into everything, go to as many parties/ social events as possible and get your talking on. Don’t be afraid to just approach people and introduce yourself because everyone has done it at some point to get to where they are now.
6.What’s on your bucket list as an artist?
I’d love to perform at some big festivals/ clubs where everyone knows my music and sings/dances along. That would be a dream come true and I’ll definitely be looking into doing some live performances this year if I can for sure.
7.Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, what are your tips for fellow songwriters?
Fortunately writers block hasn’t affected me too much so far. More-so I can get a block when I’ve been working on a track all day and start to second guess my ideas or over-perfect something. When that happens I take a step away -something as simple as going and making a cup of tea can free me again. Sometimes I’ll need to pop out and see a friend to come back with fresh ears and a fresh mind and then usually what happens is I end up sticking with my original idea in the first place! I also find that solid deadlines help. If something has to be completed by a certain date then my brain doesn’t get the chance to have writer’s block! haha But if anyone is really struggling, I’d say a few days off never hurts – get away, chill out and it will come to you.
8.Which two artists would you most love to witness collaborate on a song?
I think something crazy like Billie Eilish and Chase and Status coming out with a dark style drum and bass tune would be amazing.
9.Outside of music, what other passions do you have/ how do you enjoy spending your time?
I also love acting so outside of music I try to take part in theatre shows/ small tv roles where I get to be a variety of people. I’ve got a great group of friends where I live so you’ll find me being a social butterfly on the weekends.
10.Finally, what are you most looking forward to in 2024?
Writing and releasing more bangers, building on my artistry, and hopefully getting into more sessions with some of my favourite artists and producers.
Find Lauren on Instagram at @laurennicole_music
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