Lask has always had a passion for music. After playing instruments and writing music for 5 years, she started producing at the age of 18. A couple of years later she decided to start DJing to create a platform for her music. She made her way into the DJ scene in March 2016 and released her first EP with Smash Bang records titled ‘Aurora’ one year later.
In a short amount of time Lask has already played at well known venues and events including Babylon Festival, Killing time, Rainbow Serpent theme camps, New Guernica, My Aeon, Railway Hotel, Brown Alley, Ferdydurke, Korova, Circus, ChasersNightclub, 24 Moons, Never Ending Festival as well as various warehouse and river parties. She has held a fortnightly residency at Railway Hotel and a monthly residency at Chasers Nightclub. On the live stream radio broadcast TRNSMT.tv she also shares a fortnightly slot for SUPERENJOY. Lask’s sound can be described as dark, minimal and bass driven but also etches on the sweeter more melodic tones depending on her surroundings. Her striving and ambitious nature drives her to always deliver a unique set each time and she’s constantly finding new ways to push different sounds and genres on the dance floor.
As a young female artist in the scene, what are your thoughts on how being a female impacts your bookings and how much beauty and sexualisation plays a part in the current scene?
Personally to me I find it totally irrelevant that I’m a female. I don’t see why it should make an impact on bookings, although I get the phrase ‘we need more female DJs on our line up’ a lot when I am getting booked. I don’t really see too much of an issue with it other then the fact that I feel like they might not be recognising me for what I play; rather so that they want a more even ratio of females to males. This is why I tend to downplay my looks when playing, so the focus is where I’ve put my effort which is within the set.
As for the sexualisation part, I know that if anyone saw me after 3 days of solid time in the studio they would see it’s not a pretty thing, it reminds me of a kid thats been playing video games straight for 3 days who hasn’t showered and is surrounded by empty cups and food packaging. Obviously I’d never turn up to a gig in that state but it goes without saying that the focus point should be on your music and craftwork rather then your physical appearance.
People outside of your inner circle might not know that you’re a bit of a production nerd. How do you access the wilder parts of your creative process?
Haha, I like this question. I am definitely a nerd behind the scenes, i get such a rush from it. I’d say I am able to harness the wilder parts of the creative process by experimentation – it’s a lot of trial and error which I love. It’s amazing how a simple sound can be shaped in to something you weren’t even sure was possible. Once I create a sound I will always re-record it in to an audio channel since there is a lot more you can do to a wav clip then a midi note and it saves the cpu which is precious on projects with over 50 channels plus.
You’re not only musically talented, in your skill set you can also list illustrator and painter. If you had to choose between only being able to make music or only visual art, what would you choose and why?
This ones easy – I’d most definitely choose music over visual art, because I have a far deeper connection to it. The possibilities are endless when creating a track, it can go in any direction within a matter of minutes and the knowledge I get from each production is incredible. I’ve learnt so much in the past few months that I’d never thought possible; it exceeds all my creative limitations i thought I had. There’s no better feeling than the one I get when I have finished a track to its full potential. There’s of course always some things I’d like to change in my tracks but I think that’s all part of the growing process. As much as visual arts is a part of me I’m never fully satisfied from it like I am with music.
In this Mini-Mix Lask delivers a fun, groovy and techy set that will make you wanna get up from your seat and get moving to the beat! As always she finds very creative ways to transition from one track to another. We highly recommend a listen to this 3rd episode of Mini-Mix Series #8!
KONTRAST is a collective of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. Our aim is to create something new, colourful and unforgettable and to explore how sounds, shapes and visual imprints together can create something bigger than ourselves, and a different state of mind. The eight series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from June 7th to 28th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #8: