Kat Lane is on a mission to spread positive dance vibes across South Florida.
“I love seeing people having fun and making them dance,” she says. The Miami DJ's love of EDM is indeed infectious, something that's helped her connect with South Florida audiences. “Being able to try new things and seeing the effect they have on the crowd is a brilliant, amazing experience that never gets old. I think that is one of the reasons I do what I do.”
From opening for Steve Aoki twice within the past year to her weekly Friday-night radio show on HITS 97.3 and residency at the 954’s Passion Nightclub, chances are homegirl’s been the reason you’ve partied hard at one point or another.
And tonight, Lane will be burnin’ it up at Boca’s Sakred Nightclub, getting the crowd high (off her beats, of course) and ready for the “forefather of West Coast gangsta rap” himself, Snoop Dogg.
“I’m superexcited!” she shouts. “I’ve always been a Snoop fan. What I love about him is that he really caters to everyone. He’s done songs with Katy Perry, the Pussycat Dolls, Justin [Bieber's roast].
“He works with a variety of people, genres, and styles,” which is something the DJ says she relates to, thanks to her radio show and newfound niche for mashups.
“I get to take vocals from pop music alongside beats from completely different genres to create a new piece of music,” she explains. “It’s been really fun to build on another part of the artistry of music. To be able to use my ear for music and melodies alongside beats has been something really special.”
Lane may have made a career out of DJ'ing, but the Miami girl is just as much a dancer and singer as she is a disc jockey.
“I think my mom danced around the house when she was pregnant with me,” she laughs. “Ever since I was a little girl, I loved performing and feeding off the energy of the crowd.”
But no matter how much talent one may have, without hard work, determination, and confidence, making a career out of your passion would be impossible, a lesson Lane learned early on.
“There will be lots of nos,” she admits. “And really, if you ever feel like you can’t do it, if you’re reading this, you can do it. It’s taken a lot for me to get where I am, but I love every step of it. We really show that anything is possible if you take the action.”
And her latest single, “QPED,” is about just that.
“'Shoot from the heart,' one of the main lyrics in the record, means you can shoot from the heart in anything you’re gonna do," she explains. "It’s about being true to yourself and being who you are in the face of adversity. When you shoot from the heart, you aim with a purpose.”
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As much as Lane wants to inspire with her music, her goal is also to make people have fun and live in the moment, something she hopes to accomplish at her show tonight with D-O-double-G.
“I’m gonna be the Katy Perry of the night, if that makes any sense,” she jokes. “If you look at [Snoop's music], that [his ability to bring variety to the table] is what he does well, and the variety I offer as a DJ — it just makes sense.”
Snoop Dogg. With DJ Kat Lane. Tuesday, June 16, 7 p.m. Sakred Nightclub, 7000 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 561-609-2590; sakrednightclub.com. Tickets cost $50 plus fees via eventbrite.com. Ages 21 and up.