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- Me, Myself, and I
- Lisa Lashes - the most exciting female DJ on the clubbing circuit today! She has a stunning combination of personality, good looks and cool clothing. Coupled with her superb technical skill on the decks Lisa is the numero uno DJ for many of today's serious clubbers. Those in the know predict that Lisa will be the sensation of year 2000 making it to the top slot in the UK.. Lisa plays all the top UK clubs and has a regular slot in Las Vegas. Lisa is one of the few DJ's who regularly plays 5, 6 or even 7 nights a week! She has recently played a two week tour in South Africa; capacity crowds of 12000 in Cape Town and 20,000 in Johannesburg. Lisa's talents extend to production work as one of the Tidy Trax girls who's last release reached number 7 in the Club charts. Lisa has appeared on Club@vision, MTV, Rapture TV as well as numerous radio broadcasts. Watch out for her summer appearances at Amnesia in Ibiza, .
I grew up in a place called Holbrooks in Coventry with my mum, dad, 3 older
sisters and 2 brothers; I am second from youngest. It’s not always easy to live in such a big family, especially for my mum (!), but I’m lucky that they’ve always been ultra supportive with whatever I chose to do. I went to John Shelton School in my early years and then to President Kennedy Comprehensive School. When I left school my younger brother, my mum and I moved to Nuneaton where I got my first job in Marks and Spencer’s. I now live in Leicester.
I started going out, clubbing every week-end at places like Moneypenny’s and Chuff Chuff. My favourite DJs at the time were Lisa Loud, John Kelly and the great and late Toni De Vit. I remember it was all new to me; but as soon as I discovered the music I knew I wanted it to be part of my life… and this, everyday. That’s when I decided to learn how to DJ. I had a mate who had decks but his mum wouldn’t let him play loud music in the house, so I borrowed them off him. She did me a great favour there! Then I started buying records from charity shops and borrowing tunes from record libraries. I think my first record was Adam and the Ants “Stand and Deliver”, though I have no idea of where it is now. I often get asked about my DJ name; well I chose it because that’s what my friends and sisters used to call me when I was a kid as I have extremely long eyelashes. Then I guess my style and image suits it rather well!
My first gig was at a boat party on the River Severn in 1996 for Sundissentials. I was lucky to be discovered by Madders that same night, and that’s how I got my first residency. From there, I worked really hard practicing and trying to find other venues to mix at. People seemed to really like what I did and I suddenly got offered more residencies and played regular club nights at some of the most prestigious clubs in the UK: Base, Escape, Euphoria, Eat Your Words, Frantic, Fully Charged, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, Golden, Goodgreef, Hotdog, Koolwaters, Naughty But Nice, Progress, Radioactive, ROAR, Scream, Slinky, Storm, Temple Theatre, The Met, Tidy, and Tranzaction. I think I’ve named them all! And since 2000, I’ve also had the privilege to headline all the top festivals—Godskitchen Global Gathering, Homelands, Tidyweekender, Tidy Magna, Creamfields UK and Ireland, Homelands, Knebworth, Escape into the Park, Planet Love, Gatecrasher Summer Sound Systems and Dance Valley. I always enjoy these marathonesque parties where la crème de la crème of DJs are reunited.
My job has also enabled me to play all around the globe, and I think I’m really lucky to be able to travel the world like I do. I get to go to the most amazing places, greatest clubs and meet loads of different people. I’ve toured the United States, Canada and Australia, while making appearances in Brazil with Guess Clothing, Tenerife and Corfu. Travelling is tiring and it can take a lot out of you. But I wouldn’t change it for anything. I get to play the music that I love in front of crowds of clubbers who are passionate about what I do. Each gig is unique. In China, on the Slinky in Heinekein Tour, I became the only female DJ to have played to a crowd of over 5,000 in that country. Actually, my best club memory was also a massive gig abroad: I played in South Africa in front of 33,000 people. It’s the best feeling ever to perform in front of huge crowds like that.
The most amazing project I have ever been involved with was the launch of the Lashed parties in Ibiza in 2003. I had already held residencies for several years on the island (Godskitchen, Judgement Sundays, Slinky and Tonic); but I wanted to create something completely unique on the summer’s hottest location. I wanted to put the fun back into the party. Lashed is a more exciting way for me to celebrate my furious brand of music with legions of clubbers.
I still can’t believe the success of Lashed in Ibiza. It has
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