Ask any journalist with a few years under his or her belt, and they’ll tell you they’ve had some harrowing experiences on the phone or in person with totally uncooperative interview subjects. Today’s case in point: a chat with Paul Oakenfold, who clearly isn’t into interviews. Click on through to read the whole thing.
On Friday, February 22, Beatport Live presents UK techno talent Perc. Having gained early recognition for his hit “Up” on Kompakt, Perc went on to catch the ears of Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Chris Liebing, Slam, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan, Steve Lawler, and many more. That critical and peer acclaim led to him being signed to bona fide techno powerhouses like Ovum, Drumcode, and CLR. As well, his own label, Perc Trax, has become a force in itself.
You may recall that last summer we tracked the ongoing trials and tribulations of 11 up-and-coming DJs from around Europe as they vied for three coveted spots in burn studios’ residency competition in Ibiza. Now the contest has returned for another big season, and the submission window is open for DJs just like you to be mentored by Steve Lawler, Solomun, Maceo Plex, and plenty more music-industry giants—and of course, to find yourself in one of burn’s much-ballyhooed club residencies.
When it comes to producers with a percussive flair, they don’t come much heavier than Steve Lawler. No wonder Loopmasters signed him up for an extensive collection of beats and loops for DJs and producers. Nothing hits the spot like a well-tooled drum track, so we’ve put together a set of charts highlighting our favorite bonus beats, drum tracks, loops, and drum samples across house, tech house, progressive, indie dance, and hip-hop. Nothing but drums, drums, and more drums!
Steve Lawler will be hitting the high road in style this fall, as he charters a bus to take him on a North American tour hitting 13 cities. He’ll be accompanied by VIVa MUSiC artists Leon and David Pher, kicking off in Vancouver, BC on October 20 and wraps up on November 6 in New York.
Lawler has been bringing the VIVs spirit truly alive at his Space residency on Ibiza this summer, earning a nomination as Best Tech House DJ at Pacha’s 2010 DJ Awards, and now he’ll bring that energy to four corners of the continent, from Vancouver to Baja Mexico, and from Miami to Montreal.
VIVa itself has had a productive summer, averaging two releases per month. The newest, Horatio and Sinc’s “Ramayana,” is out today, featuring remixes from Carlo Lio and Darius Syrossian & Nyra. And coming up in October, Lawler drops “Gimme Some More,” a collaboration with Atlanta’s Roland Clark that features remixes from Audiofly, Guti, And.id, Mendo, David K, Daniel Dubb, and Sean Miller alongside three original versions from Lawler himself.
When Steve Lawler won “Best DJ” in DJ Mag’s “Best of British” poll last year, it was a fitting tribute to a DJ who has a longer history than most bringing quality underground music to the people, from the early days of acid house to his game-changing residency at Cream and his Viva Nights parties at The End.
Traveling widely, Lawler keeps his ears open for the freshest talent from the most unexpected places—something that shows in the output of his VIVa MUSiC label, a steadfast supporter of unknown artists and rising talents. Check out Lawler’s Weekend Weapons and get inspired.