To coincide with the release of her her self-titled debut EP, DJ, tastemaker and curator Luen Free will also be inviting women, female-indentifying trans and non-binary aspiring DJs to free and inclusive workshops across 13 cities – including at Locura Byron Bay.
“With an increased awareness over the last few years around the lack of females being booked for events and festivals (thanks in part to accounts such as @lineupswithoutmales), there are more promoters and booking agents than ever before looking to be actively inclusive of women. I’m proud to offer my skills and knowledge to help women, trans and non-binary become part of the community — and teach them the vital skills of Djing so they can add their voices and selections to the music industry across the country.”
After initially offering a Sydney based workshop to just her social media followers in 2018, Luen was overwhelmed with the response — the event booked out within 5 minutes, and amassed a waiting list of over 300 attendees. With her years of experience, the intimate classes teach technical skills as well as industry knowledge. Continuing the concept across 7 cities in 2019, Luen has now taught over 1,000 women to DJ.
A renowned DJ and dance music authority across Australia since 2012, Sydney-based, Brisbane-born Luen has also performed across the United States, South America and Europe, locally clocking up coveted supports for the likes of Honey Dijon, Kelela, Sleep D, Wolf + Lamb, Red Axes, DJ Seinfield, The Internet, A$AP Ferg, Jagwar Ma and Rhye and played festival stages including Falls Music & Arts Festival, Splendour In the Grass, Strawberry Fields, Subsonic and Dark Mofo.
Known for championing emerging musicians as well as showcasing some of the world’s most interesting new artists to local audiences, she leant her trend-setting curation to Triple J’s dance music rosters including Mix Up Exclusive, Good Nights and House Party for over 3 years, and has been dedicated behind the scenes voice for progressive artists, working with VICE, and various media agencies promoting music and events, as well as created her own zines and compilations including the popular Hand Games series.