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Elizabeth Small aka Lupa is a 22-year-old new wave techno producer and DJ born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. While attending Arizona State University, she spent a summer in the UK studying architecture and fell upon the underground techno scene in London.

This inspired a new love for dance music and thus in 2019, the Lupa project was born. The human behind Lupa wanted to create a lifelong music brand that prioritized the viewer’s experience, and so she spent hours a day developing her craft.

From music production to graphic design, to video editing, to DJing, the Lupa project evolves with time, always doing her best to bring the brand to life in new, innovative ways. With biting acid synths and vicious kicks, her music is meant to transport the listener into a dark, yet familiar world. Lupa is meant to empower her audience and to make them think differently: to be the best they can be, and most importantly, to be wolves amongst sheep.

After debuting lead singles “For The Ride” and “Darkness,” techno virtuoso Lupa unveils her long-awaited debut EP, Insatiable. A sonic 5-track work of brooding soundscapes and supreme production, Insatiable is available worldwide on Friday, October 1 via mau5trap.

A wolf in women’s clothing, Lupa dares to be different. Brandishing a unique style of new wave techno, the creative reinvents the wheel of traditional club sound. Inspired by the likes of Depeche Mode and the Talking Heads, Lupa’s sound is all-encompassing gritty darkness. Creating music and art with the viewer in mind, the now-22-year-old artist cut her teeth on the music of the UK underground before deciding to pursue DJing and production full-time.

A gripping spectacle, Insatiable is the genesis of Lupa’s life’s work. “I was once asked what motivates me to create music and at the time I had no idea how to answer it. I love the music for the sake of art itself, but there was something else deep inside that pushed me even further,” explains Lupa on her Insatiable EP. “When I’m not working on music or art, I’m thinking about it constantly and it’s usually my first waking thought. The only thing I have is this relentless motivation for self-expression and it’s the only thing I need. This EP represents that fierce, undefinable feeling in my gut, an insatiable hunger.”

Lupa’s debut EP Insatiable is available on all platforms Friday, October 1 via mau5trap. Today, she joins the NUDE Techno podcast, with an hour of Techno. Listen to it below on SoundCloud & Mixcloud. If you are feeling this series, then please consider supporting it on Mixcloud Select.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… 
My favorite hard/acid techno tunes (plus some new originals)

What’s your personal favourite track on it? 
Of my own tracks, Darkness. However, I’ve been obsessed with “All Over My Body” by Superchumbo and Bart Skils lately.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Acid

Tell us about your next EP?
Insatiable is easily my favorite body of work I’ve released so far. It features three vocal tracks and one instrumental. It’s my first EP I’ve ever released so I’m just really excited to finally show people what I’ve been working on. 

What have you got coming up?
Lots of new music and collaborations. Possibly more techno edits as well.  

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Thanks for listening to my music. It means a lot to me.

Tracklist:

ID -Lupa
XXL- ROBPM, MOTV
Bassface – A*S*Y*S
For the Ride- Lupa
Stimulant X- Xenia
Hold that Sucker Down (Charlotte De Witte Trance Remix) – Jerome Isma-Ae
All Over My Body- Superchumbo, Bart Skils
Illusion – Mark Dekoda
When I Rock- Thomas Schumacher
Check- Hi-Lo, Will Clarke
Big Bang- MOTVS
Before I Die (ft. Pau Castro)- Regal 
Rage Mystery- Roger Lavelle
I Feel Love – Ben Hemsley 
Acid Wall- A*S*Y*S
The Dreamer- Kamal Vantanserver, AVCI
Low (lupa edit) – Flo Rida (ft. T. Pain)
D4 damager (T78 Remix)- ROBPM
Darkness- Lupa

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Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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