Hi Laura, great to chat to you! You are known as Femme, one third of the band Ultraista and most recently as the brain behind lau.ra, an impressive CV. Could you tell us who your latest sonic incarnation lau.ra is?
I launched my new project lau.ra from a desire to flex my muscles a bit more as a producer in dance music after having become a little frustrated making pop music as FEMME. I’ve found that self-producing artists in the electronic scene are celebrated and supported where as before when I was making pop music the fact that I was the performer and the producer was met with confusing looks or usually disbelief. My output as lau.ra is beat driven and bass heavy music designed for the dancefloor. I love working with other vocalists and MCs which bring a dynamic personality to every track I make.
You recently revealed a new bass heavy single, ‘Body Go’, which will be backed by a remix from Lawrence Hart. What were your aims for this release?
Body Go is a fun track I made to make you move. Every single I release I want it to make your ankles loose and your knees wobble.
You have a unique take on electronic dance music sprinkled with many UK flavours, seamlessly taking elements from a range of genres. Are there any artists or styles you’re particularly influenced by at the moment?
I look up to producers like Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Justin Martin, Four Tet, and also take a lot of influence from old school UKG. I’m also a big fan of a great vocal hook, a vocal can make or break a tune and I have a good ear for lines that’ll stick in your head forever.
Your last ventures on Needwant saw Cousn and Nightwave on remix duties. Both brought very different styles of breakbeat to the table – I dare say left field leaning – now we have Lawrence coming in with a 2step twist. Can you share something about the thought process behind bringing in remixers?
I’m always looking to collaborate with the newest and most exciting people on the electronic scene. A lot of the remixers who have jumped on my singles have been making some of the most forward looking electronic music on the UK scene in my opinion and I always look forward to hearing what direction other producers take the tracks in. I never have a brief for the remixers, every release is an open book for them to take it where they want to.