Sep 28, 2011
Lisa Lashes

#1 female DJ Lisa Lashes has undergone a complete transformation, leaving her hard house roots & switching to a trancier sound–a decision met with great acclaim. Now with a US tour in the works, the long-lashed DJ is bigger than ever. Read on in our exclusive interview.

Lisa Lashes - Ella's Theme (Original Mix) [Lashed]
LessThan3: What parts of your personality do you try to portray about yourself through your image?
Lisa: It’s all about confidence and being a strong-minded woman, which hopefully is portrayed through my image and performances.
LessThan3: A lot of your sets have been very trance-heavy in recent times; are you looking to do more of a permanent move to trance, or are you keeping your hard house sound that you became known for as well?
Lisa: I’ve been moving away from hard dance in the last two years with productions out on High Contrast, Reset Records, Musical Madness, and Discover Dark. I only play my new trance-based sound out now, so this is a permanent move across the board for me. I have had a great response from it both from my currens fans and also passionate trance fans, which I’m really happy with.
LessThan3: What first instigated your move to the trance genre?
Lisa: I’ve always liked different styles of music, as I’ve played a lot of backroom sets when I’ve been booked to play main room. Also with the digital generation, tunes have been much more accessible and allow a DJ to experiment a lot more with different genres. If a tune’s good, whatever style, I will play it.
LessThan3: How have dance music festivals evolved around the world throughout your involvement in the industry?
Lisa: The top festivals this year that I’ve DJ-ed at have gone with the times and incorporated great bands and live acts on their mainstage and dance tents altogether, so whatever you’re into, you can have a bit of both throughout the event.
LessThan3: What does it feel like to be one of the top female DJs, let alone DJ Mag Top 100 DJs, in the world?
Lisa: It’s a very humbling accolade that I’m very proud of. I work hard, live and breathe music and hope I’ve made everyone proud that has been behind me.
LessThan3: Are there any producers right now you would like to see transform one of your tunes?
Lisa: I would love to see Sean Tyas, Heatbeat, Orjan Nilsen, and Sied van Riel remix one of my tunes, as I love their sound and play a lot of their tunes in my sets.
LessThan3: Do you have plans to play more extensively in the US after Nocturnal Wonderland?
Lisa: Yes, I will be back in the US for another tour at the end of October with, the main gig being the massive HalloFreakin’Eve in Denver alongside Cosmic Gate and Showtek, and I know my management is working on many more trips across the pond after this as well. It’s been so long since I’ve played the US regularly–I have a lot of time to make up for!
LessThan3: Who is your favorite country to spin for?
Lisa: Apart from the UK, of course, I love every country I play in for different reasons. I have played in Canada for over eight years, so I have a strong bond with that country and the great people.
LessThan3: How do you feel about the current fusion of house and trance sounds that seems to be becoming more and more common? Does that allow for more diversity in your sets?
Lisa: I think it’s great as long as it works. Producers are experimenting so much and not just making sounds from their genre, and this is when you get the forward-thinking tunes coming out that push the music scene.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Lisa: Probably a track by my favorite band, Kasabian. It’s pure rock, with big guitar riffs and great feel-good tunes which I think would be needed at that point.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Lisa: Trance with balls!
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