April 6 | 2023
About Lady Bee
As one of Amsterdam’s favorite homegrown artists, Lady Bee has more than earned her status as leading lady of the global dance scene. Bee her sound is always evolving, lately she has been rolling into a new sound that has house, dance and pop written all over it. With a legendary remake from ‘Zookey’, the fresh new sound of ‘Soon Not Later’, and a killer remix for Aluna’s ‘Body Pump”. Receiving great support from Sofie Tukker, Robin Schulz, MOTI, Diplo, Don Diablo, and Oliver Heldens and adding collaborations together with industry heavyweights such as Hardwell, Tujamo, Laidback Luke and Timmy Trumpet on her track record, it is safe to say that Lady Bee has built up an extended foundation within the industry.
She has had a constant presence in the touring circuit for over a decade, rocking stages at Mysteryland, Lollapalooza, Dance Valley, Parookaville, Amsterdam Open Air, Ushuaia, Club Hi Ibiza, Atlantic City & Miami Music Week. Renowned for her positive energy behind the decks and her ability to read crowds of any size, thanks to more than 19 years of experience being an artist, Lady Bee is ready to break down any stage across the world!
Before entering the music industry as a DJ/producer, Lady Bee already proved she could interact with a crowd when she was touring around as MC. Bee recorded her own vocals and send them out to DJ/producers she knew. Resulting in collabs with big artists like Laidback Luke and Hardwell at a young age. However, Bee wanted to see some more action and she didn’t want to depend on DJ/producers anymore, so she decided to produce her own tracks. And we are glad she did!
At that time, Bee was obsessed with 2step UK garage, but they didn’t make any CD’s for that kind of music, only on vinyl. So with an enormous 2step UK garage vinyl collection at home, Lady Bee already taught herself how to spin on vinyl. After nine years of obtaining experience reading and whipping up crowds as an MC, Bee made the switch to DJing. After a while, Lady Bee got supported by big DJs such as Diplo and Major Lazer. From that moment, she knew something was turning around for her career. For Bee, an unforgettable moment at that time was when Hardwell opened EDC festival with her track ‘Bring The Trumpets’. From that point, things really took off and international bookings were flying in!
Bee her music releases for over the past 5 years says a lot about her music taste and love for house music. And with her upcoming releases scheduled on worldwide music labels like Future House Music, Mentalo Music, Confession and Seeing is Believing it is safe to say that her love for house music is only growing and going stronger.
Hello Lady Bee, first of all, thank you for your time. How have you been?
Thank you for having me. I'm feeling great. I've been really busy lately with a lot of studio sessions. I can't wait for you guys to hear my new stuff :)
You started as an MC and singer. When and why did you start producing yourself?
As a kid, I was always into singing. I learned how to play the guitar from my father, and with some basic chords, I started writing my own songs. I always loved to sing/rap while playing guitar. The next step was recording my own songs. My first boyfriend, who was also into music, introduced me to a program called Magix Music Maker, and we made a lot of music together. I learned a lot from him.
A few years later, my music career as a professional MC for DJs on dance events started. Many producers were asking me for studio sessions, but they were also touring a lot, and so was I. So I saved money to have my own set up at home to still be able to work with them. My very first professional DAW was Cubase from Steinberg. I started recording vocals on already existing instrumental records, and I kept on sending my vocals to the producers by email, which got me a lot of features and got me into producing.
What is your favorite part of producing music?
Working with a lot of different creative producers, singers, and songwriters. It makes every session exciting and interesting. Oh yeah, and also, the most satisfying feeling while producing is when you find the right sound/sample within 5 minutes. Sometimes it takes hours or even days 😅
And least favorite part?
Endless A&R feedback or the rejection part when pitching music to labels.
Which of your tracks are you most proud of?
The 'Body Pump' remix I made with my friend Daan for Aluna. We made this one in a quick afternoon session, and everything went so smoothly.
Which artists inspire you?
Diplo, as he always involves himself, and he is not afraid to explore and play new music and genres.
Do you have networking tips for novice and advanced DJs/producers?
To be honest, not really... Other than just be yourself. I'm a shy introvert-extravert, so I need some tips myself.
Who was your greatest mentor(s), and what was the best advice they gave you?
I didn't have a mentor. I lived on my own by the age of 16 and had to figure out a lot by myself. But I must say, I learned a lot by doing and making mistakes. The best advice I would give to myself is: don't forget to truly enjoy every moment. Having fun is the most important part of this music journey.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
Don't sign any paperwork without a lawyer!!!!
What can we expect from Lady Bee in the near future?
I have a release with DJEAU coming this Friday, April 7th, on Moti's Zero Cool, upcoming releases on Mixmash Records and Curbi's new label, Seeing is Believing. But expect more release announcements soon 👀.
Thank you for your time and sharing your experiences!
Thanks for having me!