Lauren Sung’s life changed after her first visit to Ibiza. It’s definitely a story we’ve heard before, although in her case it carries more weight than most: on her first visit as a teenager she spent her time watching the likes of Ricardo Villalobos play at Amnesia, with the experience having such a profound effect on her she vowed to return every year thereafter. By last year when she returned, she was warming up for Carl Cox on the final season of his legendary party at Space.
Sung’s career as a DJ moved somewhat quickly in those years in between: she started out with her own party series LOLiFE and e1even records label, with repeated visits to the White Isle unlocking her love for stripped-back, dubby techno. She’s now released for some of dance music’s key imprints, while her gig schedule has taken her to some of Europe’s best-loved clubs.
With her EC1 debut happening as part of Monki & Friends at Lovebox After Dark on 14th July, we got in touch with Sung for a mix and conversation to hear more about her career so far.
I recorded it live at my friend’s studio in Manchester using the new Pioneer CDJ 2000-NXS2 and a Technics turntable.
From where did you source most of the tracks?
A lot of them are unreleased tracks from my friends who have sent me music recently, some I bought from websites like Juno or Deejay, and a few of the digitally bought ones are from Beatport.
You recently played for Carl Cox at Space – how was that experience for you?
Incredible – it was without a doubt the most memorable experience of my career and life so far. From staying in the villa with Coxy, Yousef and Joseph Capriati to eating lunch and dinner with Coxy every day. Playing on Space's Terrace was better than I even imagined too. I was really emotional when Carl himself came out behind me during my set with one of my LOLiFE t-shirts on, dancing away to my tunes – the man is a living legend!
How much has Ibiza shaped your interest in electronic music?
Ibiza has shaped my passion and interest for dance music massively. I first visited the White Isle in 2008, where I saw the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Sven Väth playing at Cocoon at Amnesia for the first time. As I was quite young it was really overwhelming at first, the music and vibe was incomparable to anything I’d ever witnessed. I started DJing as a profession soon after, and my taste in underground music has developed since then. I used to listen to a lot of funky house music growing up, but visiting Ibiza regularly (including a full season in 2011) led to me falling in love with the more underground side of house and techno.
What do you have planned for the rest of the summer?
I've got lots of exciting shows lined up for the rest of summer, highlights include Eastern Electrics festival, Drumcode in Derry, and my first visit to Berlin’s Club der Visionaere for Hector’s Vatos Locos party.
Release wise I’ve got a couple of releases due out on Hector's Vatos Locos imprint, a remix dropping on Yousef's Circus Recordings next week, and a 3 track EP coming on one of my favourite French labels Rutilance later on this year. There’s also music to come on my co-founded label e1even records, and a few special shows lined up with my event LOLiFE which will be revealed soon!