LP sits down with Lauren A. Spalding (AKA hermixalot) to talk about Missy Elliott, echo chambers, how she broke Chingy, paid internships, how to get noticed in the music industry, and Lauren's life-changing work empowering female and non-binary music producers through her non-profit organization FEMME HOUSE.
Lauren A. Spalding graduated from high school on a Thursday afternoon and started working as a publicity intern at Capitol Records the next morning. That was over fifteen years ago, and she hasn’t worked a “real” job since. As an artist management consultant for her own shop, The Spalding Company, she's shepherded fruitful partnerships to help bring her clients' big ideas to life. As a managing member of Sofi Tukker’s artist oasis, Animal Talk Collective, she’s been a songwriter, party planner, publishing executive, and webmaster, sometimes all in the same day. As co-founder of educational non-profit FEMME HOUSE, she chips away at the equity gap inherent to the technical roles of the music industry, providing womxn and non-binary folx opportunities to learn how to be producers and engineers. And as her artist alter ego, hermixalot, she lives out her pre-teen Missy Elliot dreams, writing and performing songs to move the people.