A creator of nostalgic, emotional electropop, mini bear is the alias of L.A. native songwriter and producer Lauren Kop. She uses analog synth textures and modern technology to write songs that blend elements of 80s freestyle, funk, and modern dance-pop. Having grown up with JEM, AIM, Livejournal, and Myspace, mini bear is inspired by 80s/00s pop and internet culture. Her lyrics touch on technology’s influence on the duality of human connection and emotional detachment in our evolving cyber culture. Influenced by the music of early Madonna and Janet Jackson, it is dance-pop soaked in synths and tasty drum samples.
After majoring in music and studying classical voice in San Diego, mini bear moved back to Los Angeles and became interested in 80s analog synths and drum machines. Teaching herself the art of synthesis and drum programming, she began self-producing and composing with her computer in her bedroom.
mini bear released her EP Mind Control via her label New Professor Music in the fall of 2016. Highlighted by Grimy Goods, her single releases are described as : “Dark electronic flavor doused in analog synth and vibrant breakbeats, ‘Clique’ sounds as though it came straight out of an underground English disco (circa 1983). It has the ability to sound nostalgic, whilst effervescing with a sharp futuristic tone.” Having largely spent 2017 writing and working on new demos, she has a treasure trove of new synth-gems to release in 2018.