From demos to debut albums, SoundCloud is often the first stop for any artist looking to get their music into the world. Now home to more than 20 million creators, the platform has helped empower a new generation of DIY artists to reach an audience without having to compromise who they are. To celebrate Pride, PAPER teamed up with SoundCloud to spotlight rising LGBTQ+ musicians all month long. We're already obsessed, and you will be too.
Bored Lord sounds like mornings spent in the dark, claustrophobic back rooms of Bushwick bars; an amorphous sea of bodies pressed up against each other, hands brushing low-hanging ceilings, a slight unintentional vibrato from the subwoofer detectable in the vocals, the air heavy with sweat. There's a sense of community among strangers moving to a singular rhythm, overtaken by a visceral connection to the beat.
The queer artist's music is very much born out of this DIY club sound with its drum-driven take on techno that's embellished with mutated pop samples. Based out of LA, Bored Lord came up through Oakland's vibrant community, finding a home on underground club label Knightwerk. Her most recent EP, Transexual Rave Hymns, is a ferocious nine-track odyssey that features a everything from dreamy breaks to a Britney Spears-sampling barn burner that will make you grow spikes all over your body and fight an army of transphobes. It is an absolute must for any self-respecting DJ looking to tear up the dancerfloor.
PAPER caught up with Bored Lord to help you get to know the hype-worthy club killer. Follow her on SoundCloud, here.
How would you best describe your sound?
My sound is a dance-focused hybrid of melodic classic rave with modern visceral club tones. Maybe what dance music would sound like in a '90s cyberpunk film set in 2069.
What was the most insane show you've ever played?
When I lived in Oakland, I played a New Years Eve event that was a break-in party at an abandoned massage parlor. That was chaos.
Who are your influences/inspirations?
I think my biggest influences and inspirations are probably my peers and other DJs I've met along my journey. I wouldn't be DJing if it wasnt for people like Bastiengoat, 8ulentina, or Ben Jenkins. They supported me in very challenging times.
What was the first MP3 you ever downloaded?
God, I can't even remember. Probably a Linkin Park track off Limewire.
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What does Pride mean to you?
Pride to me means resistance. It means Compton's Cafeteria. It means Stonewall. It means that we can't just make pride playlists and rainbow versions of logos. We have to fight for and take care of our own. No corporation or politician is gonna do that for us.
As a queer artist, what challenges have you faced?
I'd say the biggest challenge is being included in anything that isn't queer oriented. We've had to make our own labels and our own parties in order to even have visibility.
"We can't just make pride playlists and rainbow versions of logos. We have to fight for and take care of our own."
How would you like to see the industry be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ voices?
Just give queer people the opportunity to gain an audience outside of their peers. They'll do the rest.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
This summer, I have lots of remixes coming out on Knightwerk and an EP in the works for Loveless Records.
Why do you think SoundCloud is important to creators in the LBGTQ community?
Soundcloud allows us to curate digital spaces to highlight ourselves where other media leaves us out.
How has SoundCloud been a tool in helping get discovered?
To me, Soundcloud at first was a community-based platform for sharing music with other like-minded producers but, in the recent past, has become more of an online resume where you can post or repost your songs and/or mixes. As a DJ, it's a good place to have a stream of updated tracks from my friends and peers to play out.
What other queer creators have you discovered while on SoundCloud?
The most crucial one was definitely Jasmine Infiniti. She used one of my tracks in one of her mixes years ago. I fell in love with her hypnotic style of long blends immediately.
Photo courtesy of Bored Lord