From a prolific DJ career traveling the world and working with luminaries, to dedicated spiritual and healing studies, to a breadth of artistic projects, Lauren “DJ Chela” Harkrader weaves together lineages of expression to inspire her audiences and engage their spirits, reaching audiences across Latin America, Asia, Canada, and the US.
In turntablism, she earned the 2009 Winter Music Conference Spin Off battle runner-up and placed second in the 2007 “She’s My DJ” battle. Chela has DJed for Saigon, Pharoahe Monch, KRS ONE, Immortal Technique, Mystic, Talib Kweli, Rah Digga, and Ladybug Mecca, and has been featured in The Source, Allhiphop.com, Scratch Magazine, Foundation Magazine, and on MTV.com. Chela was nominated for three Justo’s Mixtape Awards and has broadcasted shows for five years on WOBC, WXDU, and www.dabeatminerz.com; she’s also been named a Top 10 College DJ by Urban Network Magazine.
Chela is also a doula, Reiki Master Teacher, a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, and Tom Kenyon-trained sound healer, possessing a well rounded skill set that serves to support her community far beyond the dance floor.
Lauren was on Next Level Team Senegal.