The way DJ Lady Lane spins music might be a fairly accurate reflection of her background and identity: soulful, upbeat, and eclectic. DJ Lady Lane, also known as Rena Anakwe, comes from the east coast of Canada, with both parents from Nigeria. Currently residing and making music in Vancouver, her diverse and multicultural background is definitely portrayed through her mixing.
In an interview with Uneon, DJ Lady Lane explains her music as a way to tell stories. "There are so many artists from everywhere that I think people should hear... I try to tell their story through my own, because they have influenced me." Regardless of language or genre, as long as the music has soul and a beat, Lady Lane feels "even if you don't understand the words... you can feel it."
Too many DJ's today spin the usual top 40 tracks to get people hyped, but after a couple of weeks of the same beats, those mixes are easily forgotten and replaced. What makes Lady Lane's mixes so unique is that there's purpose to it. It's DJ Lady Lane's cultural awareness that makes her art so much more powerful, so much more meaningful. Listening to her music reminded me of M.I.A.'s eclectic music - an artist with a similarly interesting gen 2.0 slant to her music.
Catch DJ Lady Lane spin dancehall alongside DJ She, Erica Dee, and DJ Lady Vishus on Wednesday, August 4th, at Fortune Sound for Rankin Dawtas. And if you still can't get enough of her music, make sure to bookmark DJ Lady Lane's Podomatic profile where you can stream her past mixes.
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