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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

After Her Mother's Death, Turntables Brought DJ Lala Out of Depression and Into the Spotlight

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

East of Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles' Airliner nightclub is filled with somber fans drinking by the bar in their blue crew apparel. Fhanet Rubio, a black bandanna covering her head save for the shoulder-length cherry-red locks that frame her face and match her lipstick, takes over the turntables just after midnight. She tries to cheer up the crowd. "What's up, Los Angeles?!" Rubio says. "You win some, you lose some, but you've got to move on."

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