Artist Spotlight: La La
Articles // Mon 29 Jan 2024 - 17:40pm
Nestled in amongst the high-class royalty of female artists leading the way within dance music is La La (Lauren Andrew). Hailing from Glasgow, La La’s first big career move as a DJ began with her six year long residency at FLY, a weekly Sunday club night at the infamous Sub Club in Glasgow. The residency then unwrapped enormous opportunities for her, as she played her first Boiler Room in 2019 at Edinburgh’s Fly open air festival, amongst massive names such as Nina Kraviz, Peggy Gou, Seth Troxler and many more, before playing at Circoloco at Ibiza’s DC10 on New Years Day in 2020, alongside Jackmaster, Richy Ahmed, Archie Hamilton and others. La La was destined for success, and even though the pandemic put a hiatus on her playing live in the clubs, this didn’t dampen her ambition or drive, or prevent her from continuing her dream of DJing.
Rocking Raw Energy On The Dancefloor
La La evidently made a massive impression on New Year’s Day in 2020, as she was invited to play for Circoloco again in October 2021 for Amsterdam’s ADE Festival, alongside The Martinez Brothers, DJ Tennis, Skream to name a few. This was just the beginning for La La, as shortly after she landed a two-year long residency with Rinse FM and played over 80 sets, before stepping down to focus on production and her record labels.
Becoming a Circoloco favourite, she also did a mix for their series – episode 232 – before her DJ career began to take her further across the globe; she played in Ibiza at super clubs such as Amnesia and Hii for the 2022 opening season nights and played her first Warehouse Project night in Manchester at Return To The Depot in September alongside Disclosure.
La La’s Defining Moment in Dance Music
The moment she really catapulted to fame was when she went Viral for her Mix Mag in The Lab set in August 2022, which now has over 400,000 views and circulated online for months. After this pivotal moment in her career, La La soon found herself using her passport on a more regular basis, flying to destinations across the globe, from Amsterdam to even as far as India in January 2023, before ending back in the UK to play for our friends over at That’s That at Meraki last April, then for her first appearance at Glastonbury’s Silver Hayes last summer. Other exciting gigs for La La included a set at Printworks final season during Honey Dijon’s curated night, as well as the monumental Awakenings Festival in Amsterdam and Bristol’s Love Saves The Day.
Always Pushing The Boundaries
After the focus on production, La La released her very first mixtape, Give Yourself A Try, a ten track mix album of her own productions, which was also her first ever release which she put out on her own label, Scottish-only Brand New Records. She described the release as “jackin’ house, percussive club tools and oddball techno”, and hosted a free listening party in Hackney last June ahead of the release. She has now founded a second label, called Sound As, which spans beyond Scotland and afar with its featured artists.
She also landed herself a four-part residency on BBC R1 and curated a mix for Bicep’s Feel My Bicep series, episode 225 in November, as well as a Track ID playlist for Spotify earlier this month. More recently she has been announced to play at some absolutely killer festivals this year, including Edinburgh’s Terminal V in April, Nuits Sonores in France in May, Croatia’s Hideout Festival in June and Awakenings again this July. The music she plays holds no bounds, from peak time techno to house and garage, and everything in between. You can catch La La play for Tribal Warehouse, back to back with Sheffield based Denham Audio on Saturday the 3rd of February, alongside Nick Spencer and Lo Shea, tickets are available here.
Words by Ruth Casey
LA LA, Denham Audio, Nick Spencer + more
Hope Works, Sheffield – Saturday 3rd February
To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: La La, Denham Audio, Lo Shea & Nick Spencer tickets from Skiddle .