“I was DJing just for fun back then,” recalls US DJ and producer Lauren Lane of her first time on the white isle. “I came here to see what the fuss was about and fell in love with the island. That summer I decided I would pursue DJing on a professional level.” The year was 2008 and the former journalism student was living in New York City, where she credits renowned nightlife promoter and music director of Pacha NYC, the late Rob Fernandez, for giving her a first shot at DJing. “Rob played a big part in my career,” she explains. “He told me to come to Ibiza, so I did. Years later it’s my favourite place in the world.”
Since that fateful first trip, Lauren – who is now based in LA though says her life is more like that of a nomad – hasn’t missed a beat and has visited the white isle every year since, with her well-travelled French Bulldog Bijou (who boasts his very own hashtag #lifeofbijou) in tow. Using Ibiza as her Mediterranean summer home base for the last three years, while also travelling the globe to play the world’s most famous clubs and the international festival circuit (most recently returning from a stint at Burning Man), it’s evident island life suits the laidback, free-spirited Lane, who describes herself as a ‘hippie at heart’.
A self-confessed perfectionist in the studio and impulsive and instinctive DJ, 2016 has really been Lauren Lane’s year, as the talented artist scored gigs for at Paradise at DC-10, ANTS at Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Abode at Sankeys Ibiza, Elrow at Space Ibiza and and is also a resident at Guy Gerber’s Sunday night party, Rumors at Destino Ibiza. She has also been announced as one of the seven revered artists (dubbed ‘Defenders of the Underground’) to play the mammoth Ushuaia Beach Club Closing, appearing as a cartoon superhero version of herself in the artwork.
“Ibiza is a magical and wonderful place that I come to get creative, see new and old friends, relax at the beautiful beaches and eat in delicious restaurants,” she says enthusiastically. “I just love it!”
Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris