Interview: Lisa Lashes enters the shadowy realms of techno

Techno isn’t the first genre of music that is aroused when you mention the name Lisa Lashes. Boasting a career spanning nineteen years, Lashes has won the hearts of fans around the world thanks to her brand of trance and hard dance, but now she is ready to enter the shadowy realms of darkened techno.

A perfectionist by nature, Lashes has conjured up a release for Carl Cox’s Intec label as she embarks on her fresh journey into sound. As modern society soaks up the party driven moisture brought on by the energy of fierce techno, we thought it would be a great time to catch up with Lisa to chat about her new techno inspiration.

What was it that inspired you to start creating techno?

I was in a transitional period with my music so took some time out to get some inspiration, as in 19 years I’d not been on the other side of the decks and felt a little disconnected. So, I went on New Years Day to The Warehouse Project in Manchester, and when I heard Carl Craig and Maceo Plex fell in love with what they were playing.

Who are your favourite techno artists/labels at the moment?

Love what Len Faki does making his whole set into a crescendo. The mesmerising Nicole Moudaber, Chris Liebling and Alan Fitzpatrick have my vote for on point DJ sets and Alan’s production on his ‘We Are The Brave’ label is something I’ve been keeping my eye on as he’s not scared of diversity.

How did the release on Carl Cox’s label come about?

I managed to get a USB of my exclusive new productions to Carl at Fabric London and was delighted when he started to play them in his sets and on Global Radio. This gave me the incentive to produce more music, which I subsequently did and flew to Ibiza 7 times last year with tracks hot from my studio. Carl has supported my new sound pretty much every times he’s played in 2016 to date and when I received an email from label partner Mr Jon Rundell asking about the tracks for Intec, it was above and beyond my expectations.

Some people view techno as more of a lifestyle than a music genre. As an escape from the mundane. A chance to let loose and go wild. What are your views on this?

For me personally its not just a way of life it becomes part of your soul, more than that you really learn to appreciate its sheer genius against other genre’s in dance music. Techno takes the average dance track rulebook and throws it out the window, which is so endearing to me. Its simplicity is its key but also that’s what makes it so hard to get right and if people want to encompass that into their lifestyle, meet new like-minded people who appreciate the music on the same level they do than it can become a way of life.

Have you taken a different creative approach to production now that you’ve embarked on a new journey into sound?

Whilst I had some much needed time off, I wanted to have the freedom and learn how to make and produce my own music without an engineer and the tracks Carl is playing are all from my home studio. With the added bonus of learning how to play the drums, I now make my own drum samples to incorporate in my tracks all courtesy of Roland UK for their amazing piece of kit, which has really helped me be so much more creative.

In your own words, how does your new sound differ from the one that fans may be accustomed to?

The BPM has certainly slowed down a pace or two but thankfully my devoted followers are embracing my musical change of direction and I’m told my own productions still have that ‘Lisa edge’ which is great news for any artist.

What’s your opinion on techno and club culture being viewed as culturally valuable?

I think techno has always been there just never as popular in certain countries like the UK to the degree it is today, which I believe social media can be thanked for that.

More promoters are taking chances in letting cool underground music sweep through their doors and sound systems and we’re starting to see the big events appearing especially in the UK including TimeWarp, Awakenings and The Social which is so valuable to our music scene. I did feel we were lagging behind European and worldwide promoters events and without the choice of dance music, how do we merge different cultures through entertainment. Just from a personal level, without club culture, I wouldn’t be still doing what I do now or have my dearest friends and wonderful acquaintances I’ve met along the way.

Any future techno orientated projects lined up?

With Intec taking my first 2 tracks, which make up the EP released on 26th May 2017 there may be whispers for a second EP on Intec but you’ll have to watch this space.