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As a producer / vocalist / composer, LA native Lauren Kop has cultivated a vivid musical aesthetic, gaining respected roles within her community such as mentor and emerging talent. Blending musical styles and drawing inspiration from 80s, pop, funk, and dance influences, Lauren has written, produced, and released multiple EPs and a full length album under the artist name mini bear, while also performing in historic venues such as The Echo, Moroccan Lounge, The Hi Hat, and Bootleg Theatre. Passionate about the importance of community and improving the representation of women as producers, she's taught workshops to women within her community, and music production at Girl’s Rock Camp Ojai to female youth and with FEMMEHOUSE. Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal and music education at San Diego State University, studying classical music, music theory, and audio engineering. After receiving her degree, she started collecting synthesizers and delving into sound design when she became fascinated with analog synths and drum machines. Her interest in learning how to produce her own music led her to becoming a certified Logic Pro trainer at Apple. She’s currently an educator at IO Music Academy, teaching topics such as Ableton Live, synthesis, and sound design. With years of experience and dedication to mastery of Ableton and music production, her passion for sharing her expertise and empowering female producers has led her to teaching Ableton classes and workshops that focuses on maximizing your creative potential through technology.
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.”
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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. “