Ash Lauryn balances between two worlds, with an old-school house-head foundation and a digital age suaveness, blending her skills as a deejay, writer, curator, and radio host to champion black dance music. Discovering her passion for music in her native Detroit, she was inspired to start deejaying in her current residence Atlanta, taking inspiration from the legendary Kai Alce of NDATL and Vicki Powell. After noticing a lack of representation for Black millennials in electronic music, Ash started her blog Underground and Black, which has since grown into a wide-ranging platform covering her annual Movement Festival party, monthly NTS show, and podcast of the same name.
Her passion for music has led her across the globe, from her residencies in Atlanta, Expressions, and Deep South, to gigs at Nowadays in New York, Panorama Bar in Berlin, and Printworks London. She has played with musicians Joe Claussell and Moodymann and at festivals like Afropunk, Dimensions, and Flow Festival Helsinki. Her writing has appeared in The Face Magazine, Mixmag, and Resident Advisor, and she recently served as a guest editor for Beatport’s online magazine Beatportal. She has also interviewed electronic music legends Robert Hood and Honey Dijon and recently curated a line-up for Boiler Room Festival New York that included the likes of Ron Trent, Analog Soul, and Kyle Hall.
Lately, Ash was nominated for DJ of the Year at the Bembe DJ Awards and participated in Off- White’s SS21 “Imaginary TV” platform. She is currently working on music production and recently released her debut solo EP titled Truth, co-produced with Stefan Ringer in September 2021. You can follow her at @ash_lauryn_ on Instagram and Twitter.