This Dominican EDM Duo Begged For a Shot, Now They're Raking in Millions of Plays
We're a duo from the Dominican Republic that goes by the name Lash, and we each have a little bit of a different story. For Omar, he started DJing before producing... In April 2009, he bought his first pair of CDJs, 2 Stanton C 314s, with a 2 channel Gemini mixer. He would DJ in all of these small shitty clubs when he was 14 (not even old enough to be there), and then about a year or two after that, Max Vangeli's manager introduced him to Pierce Fulton, which led to the world of production.
Omar has opened for some of the biggest DJs in the world, and is a very prominent DJ in the Dominican (kind of like being the tallest midget), but he's really made a name for himself, which has really helped Lash.
For myself, Kelvin, I started making beats in my room on a custom desktop computer and FL Studio 5. I fell in love right away, and slowly started upgrading my studio by first buying a midi keyboard, then monitors, etc. I would spend weeks locked in my room obsessing over new plugins or studying sound design.
We feel that being from the Dominican put us at a disadvantage as far as exposure goes, but the real turning point for our career is when we met our manager Alexander Bender. It's actually a crazy story.
Bender manages some other bigger acts and was on tour in the Dominican. Omar knew the promoter who booked one of Bender's artists, Kap Slap, so he came to a dinner to say "Hi," and begged Bender to sit in his car for 2 minutes to listen to some tracks. Bender agreed and a week later when he was back in the US, we got a call and we signed to Revere Music Group.
A month later our first release as Lash went #1 on Hype Machine, and now has 3+ million plays on YouTube. The most plays I had ever gotten on a remix before that was 10K... Pretty crazy.
When people think of dance music, the last place they think of is the Dominican Republic. I think the actual artists playing Electric Paradise [Punta Cana, Dominican Republic] will be in for a surprise when they show up to play and find thousands of diehard, screaming fans.
If we can change the artist's opinion about the Dominican Republic, I think we can slowly start to change the world's opinion as well. We're definitely not at the forefront of the Electronic Dance Music bubble, but there are thousands of kids across the DR who put down a baseball bat for a midi controller and we're (Lash) the perfect example of that new generation.
You can catch Lash at Electric Paradise in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on December 19. Info and tickets: http://electricparadise.com/