Since the release of her debut single ‘Live A Little’ in 2010 – accompanied by remixes from Maceo Plex and Eats Everything – Laura Jones has risen to become one of the top figures in house music, joining the ranks of Crosstown Rebels and Leftroom. Ahead of Laura's appearance at Visionquest Thirteen at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Saturday 27th April, The Warehouse Project caught up with the lady herself to talk Miami, Visionquest, what she's been up to in the studio and more.
What have you been up to recently? In the studio or mostly on the road?
I’ve just finished off a new remix for Culprit of an original by Burnski and M A N I K as well as a couple of new original tracks. I’m working on an EP for Leftroom and also continuing to work on new material for Visionquest. And gig-wise, I’ve spent the last few weekends in Geneva, Stockholm and Amsterdam., all of which were great!
You were in Miami last month – what was your experience there like and how did it compare to your previous Miami appearances?
Miami’s always a great opportunity to see and meet up with people you’ve not seen for a while as well as meet some new ones of course. Was nice to get away from the extended winter that seemed to only just leave us in the last few days. I played Electric Pickle on the Tuesday night for an air London showcase which was cool. Be-At TV came along and filmed it, then it was the Leftroom vs Culprit party at Cafeina Thursday daytime through to evening and Visionquest at Villa 221 Friday. All 3 were very different but great nonetheless…
I notice you played a b2b set with Ryan at a Visionquest event. Tell us a little bit about your relationship with Visionquest and how that came about. What does it mean to you to be part of the Visionquest family?
I feel very lucky to have had the support of the guys since the start and feel blessed that I’m part of a crew that are on the same page as me musically. I’ve actually been friends with Ryan and Seth since warming up for them in 2007 at Mint Club in Leeds and then I came to meet Lee and Shaun through them. They liked my first release ‘Intentions’ that I put out on Leftroom’s sister label Left’d then when Matt Tolfrey played them ‘Live A Little’ when they were all in Detroit’s for the Movement festival in 2010, they decided they liked it, signed it and the rest has gone from there really.
As a musical partnership, how important is your work with Gavin? You recently released a remix of Romanthony’s ‘Let Me Show You Love’ – what inspired that? What sort of thing are you working on together at the moment?
We’re planning on doing some more projects together in the future but for the time being, trying to concentrate our time and energy on our solo projects. Romanthony was an opportunity that came our way and it was a no brainer to do it together and despite nearly splitting up about 5 times, we were really happy with the result and it’s seemingly gone down really well which is good. The next thing we’ll be working on together is a remix from Matt Tolfrey’s latest album ‘Word Of Mouth’. We’re still yet to decide on which one we’ll be remixing though.
What’s lined up for your summer season this year? And what can we expect release-wise in the near future?
A large proportion of the Summer plans are all in the process of being finalized as I write this but I have some exciting things coming up in Ibiza throughout the summer, another North America tour in July, my debut at Eastern Electrics festival in August and on the run up to Summer if it ever comes, I’ll also be making my debut at Detroit’s Electronic Movement festival at the end of May playing alongside Cajmere, Dennis Ferrer, Ellen Allien, Soul Clap and more on the Beatport stage so can’t wait for that.
It must be good to be joining a Visionquest line-up for The Warehouse Project this month. We’re really looking forward to having you here. What can we expect from your set on the night?
I absolutely cannot wait yeah. I couldn’t think of a better way to make my debut there. I’m not sure of my set time as yet but you’ll be undoubtedly hearing john Dimas popping up in there as really liking his stuff at the moment as well as something from the latest Illusion records release by Acid Mondays as that’s super nice and has a great remix on there from Delano Smith. One of the tracks from the new Mathew Jonson album will definitely be getting some air time as massively excited about that. I’ve also been doing some digging back through some older stripped back dubby Perlon and Trelik stuff and I guess other than that, just a nice blend of house and techno, old and new as with all my sets.
Saturday 27th April
Victoria Warehouse (WHP)
Tale Of Us