I n The mix
Cover girl and KL’s coolest DJ Ashley Lau opens up to #TeamCLEO
For some, music may just be something that just fill sin the gaps, in the caro ron commutes. But for others, it has the power to transport and transcend time and place. Fashion influence r-cum-DJ Ashley Lau sees music as a spacecraft designed f or her listeners to escape reality—even for just brief moments. Known for her in-your-face style and playful takes on a th leisure, Ashley’ s passion for fashion has extended to the realm of music mixing. Despite being in the same industry as her sister, Jane Chuck( also a social media influence randa DJ ), Ashley has her own eccentric style and approach to life, fashion and music that sets them both apart. While her Ins tag ram person a is edgy and the cool-girl image may seem intimidating, Ashley is the opposite in person. Onset with # TeamCLEO, it was clear that beneath Ashley’ s calm and composed exterior is a warm, friendly and funny girl who’s also# extra all the time (in her words !). In this exclusive Cover Story, Ashley rocked these tin the latest Coach xS elena Gomez threads and spoke about how she loves staying in( yet know show to get the party started !), and how alt-rock and sad-girl music also has an influence on her. Ashley is the embodiment of contrasts—ands he know show to own it.
When did you star t getting i nto mixing music and who was your i nspiration prior to you j oining the DJ scene?
I t hink i t has been almost a year since I got i nto mixing. I ’ ve been to a l ot of music f estivals and I got i nspired by all t he DJs around t he world. I ’ ve been to Tomorrowland i n Belgium and i t was crazy! That
“I honestly really like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa because they have their own unique style and they know how to rock it.”
experience made me feel like trying it and I’ ve always liked music anyway so I figured why not share all t he good music with others. That’ s really how I got into DJing.
What were some of your earliest memory of music?
Definitely rock music! I remember Simple Plan and Paramore — some of my earliest memories of music.
How would you describe your sets?
Hmm, I would say t hat my sets area little bit different because I would play all kinds of music. I’ m an open-format DJ so it’ s always different. Sometimes I would play more” party” music and sometimes f or events I usually get into more disco-type of music.
What’s the hardest part about l earning how to DJ and mix?
Actually, mixing itself is not that hard. The challenging part is reading t he crowd and knowing what kind of music or tune they like dancing to. If they are bored of the music, then no one would be on t he dancefloor and t hey would just move away. So I don’t pre-select the songs I’ m playing, normally I would see what vibe the crowd is giving and tweak accordingly. If they are not moving and dancing, t hen I would definitely change it—it’ s all about trusting your gutinstinct sometimes.
Are there any DJs out there that you think people should know more about?
I really l i ke DJ Peggy Gou and DJ Yaeji. Peggy Gou is based in Belgium while Yaeji is based in UK, if I’ m not mistaken. I think people should listen to them because they are really cool and Peggy Gou’s style is really nice! When I say cool, I’ m talking about how they play their music during their sets, their characteristics and the vibe they have when they are spinning. I hope someday I get to be like t hem and have my own style of DJing.
I f you could explore a new music genre, what would i t be?
I want to get into more emotional, sad type of music, if that makes sense? Music t hat would bring my listeners on a journey—deeper and more personal. It’ s different from any kind of genre because people usually like to listen to party music but with this one it’ s more for people who are sad or t hose who just went through a break up .[ laughs] I want them to be in their own world when they listen to this type of genre.
What kind of preparations do you do f or your sets?
I definitely practice before I play any of my sets . I need to make sure that I’ ve got the songs right, and the most important thing is that my pen drive is working, right? Other wise, I cannot play any music but so far my pen drive has never failed me, so... Touch wood!
Have you ever thought of doing your own track or make your own songs?
Yes, I’ ve thought about it, but it’ s not as easy as it sounds so maybe it will take some time until I get the opportunity to produce my own music. I think my favourite genre is something like Japanese disco—it’ s very modern yet it’ s also retro.
We know your sister, Jane Chuck i s also a DJ and an i nfluencer. Have you ever felt l i ke you were compared to her i n any way?
For me, not really because we’re both very supportive of each other. We play gigs together—like a duo—so it’ s actually quite fun. We both love music and it’ s something t hat we can share together.
We l ove how you’re rocking Coach x Selena Gomez on this shoot! What i s your top pick of the collection?
Thank you! My absolute favei st hes lip dress because it’ s so feminine and versatile. The last time I was at Coach ella, I wore something like this. It’ s cute!
What do you consider a “Malaysian” st yle of dressing? What do you think i nfluences our fashion scene?
To me, f ashion i n Malaysia i s really about comfort. It’ s very laid-back, probably because Malaysians are still not soda ring when it comes to trying different styles. We’ re used to the comfy, flip-fl ops everyday look. That’ s the true Malaysian style, I feel.
What does your t ypical day l ook l i ke?
I usually watch anime. [Laughs] I l ove to watch ’Attack on Titan’ or any other romantic comedy anime because I really l i ke t he graphics and t he animation. I ’m really i nto Japanese and Korean i nfluences , so t hat ’s something I do on my day of f.
Describe yourself in five words.
Cool, f ashionable, unique, f unny and weird. Weird because I f eel l i ke I ’m super extra all t he t i me! [Laughs]
What’s the one thing people don’t know about you?
I t hink people don’t know t hat I watch anime. Because to me, t hey always t hink t hat I ’m cool on t he outside. Plus , anime i s ver y car toon- i sh and can be childish.
We know fashion and music are your middle names, what are some of t hings that you would want to explore next?
Hmm... I can’t mention anything yet because I am working on something r i ght now so.. . Stay t uned f or t hat!
“I can’t live without my phone, my power bank, my credit card! Oh yeah, and Internet!”
Taking a breather during one of her sets
Dropping beats in Bangkok
Embellished windbreaker in dusty blue; lingerie top in pajama pink; trousers in lilac; crystal embellished Trail crossbody bag in Black, all from Coach x Selena Gomez and Nora Chelsea boots, Coach
Chillin’ with a doggo during Chinese New Year
Baby Ash showing her early love for Sailor Moon. Ash Power, Make- up!