Lisa Oakes

From North Wales, Lisa Oakes has been a fan of techno music since she was introduced to the North Wales techno scene at a young age. Always convinced she was happy just dancing and listening to techno, her first encounter on the other side of the decks came by chance after spending the weekend with a friend who owned some Technics 1210’s back in 2008, realising that weekend that she had a natural flair and ability for Djing she decided to then buy her own 1210’s and get practicing. Picking it up straight away, her first gig was only a couple of months later. Her sets on Soundcloud had created quite a following and sparked the attention of a promoter in Leeds where she then played at a night called Future Past where she got introduced to the Code Leeds crew who then became a second techno family to her and North Wales. Going on to then play not only for Code a number of times but also for The Orbit, Dubtek, Gottwood festival, Iard Hendre and various other places in wales. Over the years, she has graced the decks and line ups next to some of her musical idols and big names such as Dave Clarke, Mike Humphries, Jon Nuccle, Gez Varley (LFO), Glenn Wilson, Sunhil Sharpe, Neil Lundstrumm, Cj Bolland, Woody Mcbride and Tommy Four Seven to name but a few. Most recently she had the honour of warming up for Ben Sims at Iard Hendre. With a bigger ambition for djing she had realised to get further, producing her own tracks would be the best way forward, so after taking some time out to self teach herself how to use ableton, her first EP was ready for release. That first EP hit the number 1 spot on Beatport’s hard techno releases charts within the first couple of days of coming out. She then went on to have subsequent chart successes on a number of occasions with later releases. Lately she has sparked the interest and support off Dj Rush who has been playing her music and also Ben Sims who not only has played her music on his radio show but invited her to be a part of a various artist’s EP on his iconic Symbolism label. She’s also been signed to some iconic old school techno labels such as Mark eg’s Black out Audio, Glenn Wilson’s Compound and also signings to respected labels such as Refined Format, Black Square Recordings, Unknown Territory, Viral Outbreak digital, Bubble Jam Gold, Biotech Recordings, Techno Vinyls Records, BLOK records, and Different is Different Records. This year is looking like it will be a very positive one for Lisa with various releases due out and gigs throughout the year and also plans to start her own label.

Sunday May 8th, 2022 3:00 amSat @ Craft & Tails
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