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A creator of nostalgic dance-pop, mini bear is the alias of L.A. native songwriter and producer Lauren Kop. She uses analog synth textures to write confessional songs that blend elements of 80s freestyle and modern dance-pop. Having grown up with AIM, Livejournal, and Myspace, mini bear is inspired by internet pop culture. Her lyrics touch on technology’s influence on the duality of human connection and emotional detachment in our evolving cyber world. Influenced by the music of early Madonna and Janet Jackson, her music is soaked in grooving bass, sparkling synth melodies and tasty drum samples.
After majoring in music and studying classical voice at college in San Diego, she returned to Los Angeles and became interested in 80s analog synths and drum machines. Teaching herself the art of synthesis and drum programming, she began producing and composing with her computer in her bedroom. She has created a detailed and vibrant aesthetic, and in the process has become passionate about building communities of female-identified producers who have the resources to grow their music production knowledge. Over the span of five years, mini bear has evolved her live show into a dynamic performance that evokes emotive and carefree fantasy. She has been featured at events such as KCRW Summer Nights and has performed at some of Los Angeles’ notable venues such as The Echo and Moroccan Lounge.
mini bear released her EP Mind Control via New Professor Music in the fall of 2016. Her featured single “Clique” was described by Grimy Goods as “dark electronic flavor doused in analog synth and vibrant breakbeats. It has the ability to sound nostalgic, whilst effervescing with a sharp futuristic tone.” She followed this up in 2018 with her single “cyberlove”, and it is described by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands as “a laser-guided bounce through the foibles of making real connections in a time where our gaze is fixed on screens more than human beings.” 2018 was a year of deep discovery and intense revelations regarding sexuality and sense of self, and she has a collection of songs that have emerged from her journey that she plans to release in 2019.
" I got out of a long-term relationship and found myself immersed in the world of app dating and swipe culture where there’s too much choice, which in turn made me feel super anxious and disconnected. It can feel like a video game where people are endlessly swiping to achieve validation. cyberlove is a slightly dark take on the difficulties of trying to connect behind the screen, while still retaining that optimistic and fundamental human desire to connect and find love.”
Featured in Playlists by Madame Ghandi and Hype Machine.
LA Weekly by Falling James - “Visibility is so important — it’s important to see someone doing that. That made me want to inspire others. This year, I decided I wanted to start teaching music production for people who might not have the tools to create. How do we level the field and [increase] the visibility of non-cis males as engineers and producers? “
Grimy Goods - “Running through all the anxious and bitter revelations that come with engaging in “swipe culture,” Kop’s cries escalate until they’re left darting between the tangle of dance-pop glam and you’re left with its incessant hooks in your head. “