Local Phoenix and Arizona musicians, heed the advice of Nicole Laurenne, the international rockstar of the all-female band, The Darts. Nicole doubles as a Gilbert judge by day (read the first sentence again if you do not yet feel any sense of amazement) and a musician by night.
Nicole has toured internationally and sold a hell of a lot of music in France with her previous band, The Love Nots — as seen on the cover of France’s Rolling Stone, and you will just die, literally I will bury you rn, DIE— after you listen to her session with us on Episode 2 of Up in Smoke.
Listen to Nicole Laurenne on Up in Smoke Ep. 2 here.
Not only does she rock a bang cut like Bettie Page and live a rockstar lifestyle that puts Mill Avenue to shame, but she is also a mother to twins (HOW. WTF).
Nicole talked to Raina and I about playing shows with other law students while attending The University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law as well as the steps of becoming a (then) small-town judge. Her podcast also includes stories about the beginnings of her music career at local mall venues and an interesting last-minute interview in the Red Light District in Paris that skyrocketed her career and landed her on the cover of France’s Rolling Stone.
The rockstar spoke about using rejection as a tool to go forward in her creative endeavors and attributed the majority of her music marketing luck to showing up to interviews that she didn’t necessarily feel like going to, much like her last minute interview in the Red Light District.
The black-banged goddess also told Raina and I that the key to her success in music and in law school was having a good mentor.
“You gotta find a mentor. I’m telling you, this is the key to everything single thing I’ve ever done that I think I’m even barely succeeding at– it’s because of meeting the right person who could sort of guide (me) into it,” Nicole said.
She pointed out the importance of finding locals who are doing things successfully and asking them how they are doing it in order to take her own creative endeavors to the next level.
You can check out the full conversation in our second podcast episode here.
Also shoutout to The Dart’s drummer, Rikki Watson. I have never met you but Raina and I think you are a drumming goddess.