Headphone Highlights

Ash Lauryn: Detroit Classics

60 minsFirst aired 22 May 2018
Modou Jallow

The Detroit-raised DJ looks toward the Motor City for the classic anthems and formative moments that have informed her sound.

Rising DJ Ash Lauryn is perhaps the best-placed person to wax lyrical about the legacy of Detroit electronic music, even though she has been based out of Atlanta for more than a decade. It was this move in her early 20s that helped her gain perspective on her beloved hometown Detroit, showing her the impact and reach of its legacy and the need to preserve it for future generations. Over the last couple of years on the DJ circuit, and through her blog, Underground and Black, she has done just that, while also advocating for inclusivity in dance music. Woven throughout it all is a love of music that formed while listening to WJLB as a child. For her Headphone Highlights Ash Lauryn pays tribute to the black electronic music that has emerged from her fascinating hometown, while at the same time pondering her future moves in the production studio, adding to the city’s ever-evolving musical story.


Interview by Christine Kakaire
Engineered by JP del Mundo
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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