Exclusive mix 64: Dark electronic with Amélie Lens

Model, DJ, producer, entrepreneur. As her crazy schedule will attest to, Amélie Lens (1990) gets around. That doesn’t mean she didn’t take some time out to record this exclusive mix for us. A mix that is, as she says, perfect “for a Friday evening, after dinner, before going to the club.”

Can you describe yourself in a few words? 

Happy, sensitive and a perfectionist. By being sensitive I’m not specifically talking about the emotional side of it. But the beauty of hearing, seeing and feeling everything, I really take it all in. I hear quite often that my happy personality doesn’t fit the darker music I play and I never really know how to respond to that.. Maybe it keeps me in balance somehow.

How did you first start making music?  

I discovered my love for electronic music at Dour festival when I was 15 or 16 years old. I came home as a completely different person. Music became my hobby and I was obsessed with music blogs, myspace and finding new tunes every day. I took the train to the other side of Belgium all by myself to see a liveshow or a DJ. I met my boyfriend when I was 17/18 years old and we both shared a great love for electronic music. He was a DJ so within no time I was using his turntables and I guess that was the start of everything. Two years ago I decided to focus on music and also start producing. My boyfriend (yeah, still that same awesome guy!) is a really great producer so i’m super lucky to have learned a lot from him in the last couple of years. I’m still learning, I think producing music is a never ending learning process.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment?

I have a lot of energy so I always had many things going on in my life. I started working fulltime as an international model when I was about 16 years old. I still model sometimes but I try to be selective in the jobs that I do as I already have many things going on. I run a company of instant oatmeal together with my boyfriend, called Baerbar. It’s little cups of gluten-free, sugar free oatmeal that we sell on our webshop. I recently designed my own collection of clothing for FRIDAY (by CKS), which started as outfits that I would wear on festivals or for my gigs but it’s coming out in the winter so I added some warmer pieces as well. It will be for sale in all CKS/Friday stores after summer. I’m also hosting events together with Labyrinth club called “Exhale by Amelie Lens”, we’re doing this every two months, I book both international and local techno producers and Dj’s that inspired me over the years. I know this all sounds a lot, but I spend most of my time searching and producing music. Whenever i’m not in the studio, I’m recording a podcast, checking new promos, shopping for vinyl etc. As I’m only 25 years old I missed the beginning of electronic music so i’m also reading and listening a lot to learn about the very beginning of electronic music and try to catch up all the years that I missed.

Can you describe the mix in a few words?

I think it’s a mix for a Friday evening, after dinner, before going to the club. I could listen to clubtracks all day every day, it’s the first thing I do when I wake-up in the morning. But I think most people would enjoy this mix on a pre-party!

When and where did you record it? 

I recorded this mix in my studio. We just bought a house last year and the ground floor is the studio, it’s one room full of music. I have all my gear, records and turntables there. It’s definitely my favourite room of the house. It has high ceilings and big windows so there is always a lot of light and sunshine inside.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Looper – Amnesiac (Charlotte de witte remix), it’s from the Belgian techno label Coincidence Records.

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?

Kobosil – we grow, they decline
Not only my good friend but also one of my favourite producers. Whenever I know he is working on something I just cannot wait to get my hands on it and play it. I think there is a Kobosil track in almost all my sets!

Pan-Pot – The Other + The remixes
These two albums were really something! I remember buying one or two tracks first, then another one and so on. I probably ended up buying the whole album and all the remixes. It doesn’t happen that often that an album comes with so many peaktime club tracks. I couldn’t be more proud and happy to release on this label later this summer!

Benjamin Damage – Obsidian
This album has the perfect balance between electronica and straightforward techno tracks that work very well in clubs. I’ve been playing many tracks of this album for several months now

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

I actually had one of the craziest weeks just now! I played with Fjaak in Liege on Friday, mainstage Extrema Outdoor festival on Sunday, Watergate Berlin on Wednesday and Labyrinth club on Saturday! I have many more great gigs coming up this summer at Chalet in Berlin, Dour festival, Wecandance, Ostend Beach, Solar Weekend in Holland and some gigs in Amsterdam, Italy and Germany coming up. Exciting times ahead for sure!