Ash Lauryn’s biography starts off by stating she’s ‘doing it for the culture’, completely summing her mission to highlight black underground culture. Through her NTS show and blog, Underground & Black, Ash brings awareness to her experiences navigating the dance music world as a black woman and most of the music she plays is black American music – her RA podcast is a showcase of black producers across generations, both established and newcomers.
Originally hailing from Detroit, Ash now resides in Atlanta and is very much an active member of the dance music community. She hosts Expressions parties alongside Stefan Ringer and is a resident DJ with Atlanta’s Deep South collective. Ash also hosts Underground & Black parties at famed institutions such as Movement Festival and Bossa Nova Civic Club. Capturing the world with her emotive DJ sets, some of Ash’s gigs this year include Tresor, Flow Festival, Secretsundaze, Elsewhere and The Hydra at Printworks this weekend. Ahead of her Printworks set, Ash provides an insightful guide to Atlanta, covering all grounds with the best food, dancing, and music spots as well as highlighting her favourite local DJ.