San Diego’s CRSSD Fest – presented by FNGRS CRSSD — has become a sanctuary for underground electronic music fans. The upcoming March edition looks to be the festival’s most promising offering yet, featuring an even greater array of delectable house and techno acts as well as some formidable headliners such as Recondite, Flume, Lane 8, and Bob Moses. To dig a big deeper into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for a daily interview series before the festival.
Lauren Lane’s infectious enthusiasm for underground electronic music catalyzed her development from an ardent participant in the New York house scene to the exploding global talent she is today. Having been taken under Rob Fernandez’s wing in her early days and put in hard work DJing at Pacha and other parties around her East Coast hometown, she then moved to LA where she became a resident at Hollywood’s Sound Nightclub.
Over the past few years alone, Lane has signed regularly onto prestigious labels such as Eats Everything’s Edible imprint, Saved, and more all while maintaining a busy tour schedule. Her most recent release, “Mantra 304” has been a favorite among fans since its unveiling in December last year, foreshadowing an even brighter 2017 which thus far has included multiple festival appearances.
Read our interview with Lauren Lane below, and be sure to catch her for what’s sure to be a groovy, quirky, and driving house and tech set at the Spring edition of CRSSD on Sunday, March 5, where she’ll be gracing the City Steps stage with her presence.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?
My first release was “Lazer Eyez” featuring Jaw from dOP and it came out on Visionquest. Yes I would definitely still play it and I do when the moment is right.
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
2016 overall was a pretty breakthrough year for me. I released music on Edible, 20/20 Vision and Saved…plus I had my biggest summer yet in Ibiza playing gigs at Paradise, Rumors, ANTS, elrow plus the Ushuaïa closing party. Every year keeps getting better and better!
What’s your opinion of the dance scene in the US right now?
It’s come a long way. It’s good to see how many people’s tastes have evolved from more commercial EDM to some deeper sounds over the past few years. I’m proud of my friends and peers for pushing the boundaries.
What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
I’m excited to play in my current home state and see how the people here get down!
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
No one…always be you.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just three acts but I would say Cassy, Josh Wink and the Seth Troxler B2B with Eats Everything, which is going to be wicked for sure.
If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
Probably my dub mix of “Never Ending Moments” coming out with Acid Mondays featuring CaroWar.
CRSSD will be held Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.