I met my friend Colee Royce at Castle, a Chicago nightclub, a while ago and he told me about his radio show- the Colee Royce Show. He's very into the music scene and brings a lot local DJs on the show to talk about what they're working on. He invited me on the show and I co-hosted it with him and we had so much fun. They even suggested that I should be a permanent host on the show!
Chicago, being the birthplace of house music, does have a very colorful music scene. However, trance and progressive shows are not in high demand and were still somewhat difficult to find until recently. There is currently a big push at some of the main clubs to revive the scene and bring a lot of international Trance and Progressive talent in. The timing couldn't be better for me, as I will be opening for Super8 & Tab June 20th! It's my first big opening gig and I'm thrilled to spin with them
Q. The night before you also had a live guest appearance on Slam Internet Radio. How did that come about?
Wow yes it was definitely a big step. It feels like I've crossed over from a dream to reality. It's very surreal. Everything that I've been working toward is really starting to open up and it's such an amazing feeling.
Q. . You recently launched your new show "DIGITAL INFINITY" on PURE.FM, a well known radio station for both Trance and Progressive. How does it feel to have finally made this step in your new music career?
Q. You mentioned Chicago, for those who don't know you are based in the Windy city. What's the Trance/Progressive scene like there and have you had any success in terms of gigs?
"It feels like I've crossed
over from a dream to reality"
My radio show, Digital Infinity on Pure.fm, is every fourth Monday at 4pm est and that is where I'll be showcasing the ultimate in trance and progressive and also perhaps my own productions when I finish them. Production is really high on my list, so definitely listen for that. I am also currently opening for some big shows here in Chicago and hope to take that to a national level and then maybe to festivals.
That is a tough question- on one hand, the growing popularity of EDM and music festivals in America has allowed trance and EDM to reach more people than ever before. I have noticed a trend in trance toward more of a big-room electro sound. I don't think this is necessarily due to American music festivals. I think that the increasing technology out there to produce dance music is allowing more styles to be made by more people. What trance is to one person is different to another so it's very tough to say if the quality has decreased. I think it's just headed in more directions than before.
Q. There is a growing belief within the US and outside, that American Music festivals have commercialized Trance Music and taken away from the quality of Electronic Music that is being released. What is your opinion on this view?
Q. How did you become interested in Trance Music, and why did you decide to pursue a career as a DJ?
It started when I studied abroad on the coast of Spain when I was 16. I was able to go out to clubs and hear dance music for the first time. Once I got back to the states, it was a lot harder to find. Once I went to Arizona for school, I worked in clubs there and the DJ would play dance music only so the dance floor would clear out and people would buy drinks! That was when hip-hop was huge in the US. DJ Rob Wegner loved music like I did and used to put those tracks on after hours where I'd spin around the floor, dancing and grooving to the music. But that was all it took and I fell in love with dance music and started following the scene.
Rob actually started a Djing degree at the community college that's hugely successful but I didn't think it was for me. Back then, I never saw Djing as a career for me since I was supposed to get a “real” job and so I finished school at ASU, got a Political Science degree and moved home back to Indiana. I got that real job and moved to Chicago to work for the government. It was during my 3 and a half years there that I made the choice to go for Djing full-time. I would go to sleep at night so unhappy and dread having to work at that desk and realized that I loved music, especially trance, so much that it was what I had to with my life.
Trance to me is the ultimate expression of the soul- deep and euphoric, beautiful and complex and has the ability to take me somewhere even spiritual. If I had to describe myself in music, it would definitely be with trance. So while I was listening to Armin van Buuren during his live broadcast of ASOT 550 and he posed the question, “why are there not more female trance djs?,” I asked myself the same question and that was the eureka moment where I shifted all my energy into Djing. I feel like everything happens for a reason and looking back I can see that so many of my experiences, even from an early age, led to this. I quit my day job this past January.
"Always follow your heart..."
Q. That's huge news! Speaking about major artists, which producers have really influenced and inspired you so far in 2014?
So many great artists are out there right now! I would have to say Armin van Buuren has inspired me for many years and definitely influenced my decision to DJ. As far as musical influences- Above and Beyond, Roger Shah, Bobina, Juventa, Cosmic Gate, to name a few. I also think it's really important to look for less-known producers on smaller labels. D05 is an great example. This brings a freshness to my mixes and allows me to showcase some awesome talent.
Q. Do you hope to do your own productions some day?
Yes absolutely! I'm actually working on a track right now. I think it's very important for an artist to create something unique, otherwise you are just playing other peoples music. I want to be able to help contribute to the direction of trance music and also have something that I feel is a piece of me that I can share with everybody. Right now I am starting out more progressive but eventually hope to create faster and more intense uplifting trance.
Q. What can we expect for the rest of 2014 from the talented Lauren Koors?
Q. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I was born on the 4th of July, America's Independence Day.
Q. Any words of inspiration?
Always follow your heart and make sure you do what you love. I always say that if you love something, then even if it's not going well or making you money, you still love it and that alone is worth everything. Don't compare yourself to others too much because everyone has something different to offer- this is especially true with DJing because style is a very subjective thing and variety is the spice of life- diversity makes the world a better place.