Amelie Lens was born in Vilvoorde, Belgium. When she was five years old, her mother passed away and Lens was raised by her grandmother from that point on. She went to art school in Antwerp. From an early age, she had a diverse interest in music, citing Nine Inch Nails, Underworld, Boys Noize and Ellen Allien as early influences.
Lens became absorbed in electronic music at 15, after attending the 2005 Dour Festival in Belgium, an experience she describes as “life-changing”. She says: “As soon as I got home, I started reading about the history of electronic music and discovered so many new artists and labels. It was like a whole new world opened for me; I made playlists in iTunes, putting tracks in an order that I liked, kind of like a podcast but not mixed.
Shortly after the festival, Lens was discovered by a modeling agency and subsequently began working full-time as a model, living in London, Paris and Milan. She has walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier and campaigned for H&M.