Damian Lazarus, Carlos Lamar
10th ANNIVERSARY of MACARENA CLUBâ€
Francotirador del hype mÃ¡s fresco dispuesto a encender cualquier pista con ansias de promos y white labels propios del Dj a la Ãºltima. Gracias a Ã©l, la carrera de Felix Da Housecat se relanzÃ³ vÃa electro-clash y hits como Sunglasses At Night y Fly With Me de Tiga & Zyntherius que en City Rockers se convirtieron en hitazos llena pistas. Las claves del sello donde Lazarus hacÃa de A&R quedaban bien claras en la serie de recopilatorios Futurism. City Rockers: reciclar nuevos patrones de sonoridad electrÃ³nica para pistas de moda con nombres de moda como Ellen Allien o Miss Kittin. Al final tuvo que salir del sello por discrepancias artÃsticas con el fundador del sello, Phil Howells (ex-jefe de FFRR/London) y decidiÃ³ fundar una nueva etiqueta, Crosstown Rebels , donde publicÃ³ el Cd mix Rebel Futurism con perlas de lo que Ã©l llama "dirty & deep electro house" y que triunfa en locales como The Loft, de Barcelona donde Damian Lazarus fue residente durante un tiempo, lo que le sirviÃ³ para calibrar los gustos del pÃºblico espaÃ±ol. Otros locales que han contado en nÃ³mina con Damian son el Mondo de Gerardo Niva (Madrid), Circo Loco en DC10 (Ibiza) -donde se convierte en Dj asiduo de la fiesta de inauguraciÃ³n de la temporada veraniega-, Polar TV (Berlin) y 21st Century Bodyrockers (Londres). Teniendo en cuenta el olfato que tiene Lazarus para los negocios no fue extraÃ±o que la segunda parte de la colecciÃ³n Rebel Futurism no se hiciera esperar: Crostown Rebels Present Rebel Futurism Session Two (2005) con temas de Silversurfer, Petter, Anthony Rother o Dj Koze. Un aÃ±o despuÃ©s lanzÃ³ un doble Cd mix acompaÃ±ado de Matthew Styles de Music for Freaks titulado Get Lost que volvÃa a poner en el mapa del minimal a Damian Lazarus. Precisamente en 2007 confÃa la segunda parte de esta su colecciÃ³n de mixes al Dj Jamie Jones. Ese mismo aÃ±o es Ã©l quien que se encarga del segundo volumen de Monza: Club Ibiza (Get Phisical) que selecciona y mezcla a medias con Dj T. En 2009 publica su debut como productor en Get Physical con un trak soulful, Moment, que ademÃ¡s se postula como adelanto de su Ã¡lbum de debut programado para verano de este mismo aÃ±o.
â€œâ€¦and to have fun in the process. Playing around with different styles and ideas is what I do best,â€ Lazarus explains.
Driven by an almost childlike curiosity, a vivid imagination and wicked sense of humour, heâ€™s used his role as a DJ, label owner and now musician to nurture and share the most exciting and experimental music on the planet. Drawn to the darkness, but buoyed by the light, ever ready to embrace new ideas and different perspectives on music and the dancefloor, Lazarus is always ahead of the curve, with a wry smile on his face and a neat trick up his sleeve, How many DJs do you know whoâ€™ve played â€˜Reviewing The Situation (from the Oliver! soundtrack, no less) half-speed to a jubilant crowd at DC10 in Ibiza. How many DJs do you know whoâ€™ve received a sitting ovation on the dancefloor?
Lazarus was born in London, where he lived until he relocated to Los Angeles in 2009. During childhood, Damian was naturally drawn to classic pop music, and inherited from his grandfather an affection for showtunes which continues to exert itself in the strangest of ways. He spent his teens immersing himself in the sounds of hip-hop, electro, soul and funk, before discovering house, hardcore and jungle at university â€“ sparking a love of twisted, innovative dance music which endures to this day. After working as Music Editor then Assistant Editor at Dazed & Confused, Lazarus joined London Records and in 2001 became head A&R of the City Rockers label. Here he helped sign and release some of the biggest tunes of the era, including Felix Da Housecatâ€™s â€˜Silver Screen Shower Sceneâ€™ and Tiga & Zyntheriusâ€™s â€˜Sunglasses at Nightâ€™; his Futurism and Futurism 2 compilations remain the definitive documents of electroclash, not only providing a snapshot of the underground at that crucial moment in time, but mapping its future too.
Damian received a major Djing break in 2002 when he was invited to spin at Barcelona's Sonar Festival and by 2003 he had residencies at some of the best club spaces in the world. His tenure at Circo Loco (DC10 Ibiza) has become the stuff of legend and found him consistently breaking boundaries of sound and stamina, freaking out the dancefloor and taking those on it to places they never knew existed, and may never get to again.
â€œI thought a lot about these dj sets when pre-producing the album; especially the idea of placing off and strange melodies within a 4/4 dance music structure. Itâ€™s amazing what you can achieve when youâ€™re into weird stuffâ€, he says.
Inspired by the new energy and possibilities in international club culture and music, Lazarus founded Crosstown Rebels in 2003, the labelâ€™s records offering all kinds of unique and twisted angles on cutting edge electronic music. Recent releases on Rebels from Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Deniz Kurtel and Art Department have found the label consistently breaking new ground and the new imprints CDR (a digital only label) and Rebellion are set to change the rules once again.
In 2008 Damian began Lazpod (http://www.lazpod.com), a monthly excursion into weird and wonderful sound, a radio show that draws influences and inspirations from all corners of the musical spectrum and is delivered in a fun and laid back style. With many thousands of fans across the globe, Damian uses the show to let listeners in a little closer to his experimental and eclectic tastes.
â€œLazpod is a great entry point for new listeners to my musicâ€, he says, â€œand has been setting off warning signals of what might be coming on my album for some timeâ€.
A number of popular and critically acclaimed mix CDs have appeared in the last five years, charting Damianâ€™s personal development as DJ, listener and supporter of new artists: Rebel Futurism (2004), Rebel Futurism (2005), Bugged out presents Suck My Deck (2005), Get Lost (with Matthew Styles, 2006), The Other Side (2006), Sci:Fi:Lo:Fi 2: Night of The Dark Machines (2008) and Fabric 54 (2010).
Damianâ€™s critically acclaimed debut artist album, Smoke The Monster Out, is another expectation-confounding gesture from this restless musical mind. Released via Get Physical, the album boldly steps outside the realm of what one might hear in a Lazarus DJ set. Featuring his own vocals and riding a vast plain of influences â€“ Neil Diamond to Photek, Bjork to Jeff Buckley â€“ Lazarus demonstrates his keen ear and meticulous attention to detail in a collection of heartfelt, grievously honed tracks delivered straight from the soul. Itâ€™s a sensitive record, a bold record and above all a celebratory record - one which revels in the pure pleasure, healing quality and dream-potential of music.
â€œIt took me a while to start producingâ€, he says â€œbut once the juices started to flow I knew immediately that this was to be the best musical project I ever createdâ€.
A groundbreaking live set to accompany the album was been built from scratch, enhancing different elements and including new club versions of the more introspective album material. Featuring decks, effects (no laptops) and a live visual show, the album club tour debuted at the legendary SXSW festival in March 2009 and went on to blow minds in just a handful of globeâ€™s best clubs.
Damian Lazarus is a believer in giving people something exciting, unusual and idiosyncratic. He lives life to the limit, always rebelling, always moving forward: thatâ€™s Damian Lazarus.
â€œDamian Lazarus plays the best underground records in the world" (DJ Magazine)
(Fuking Family-Macarena Club)
C/Nou de Sant Francesc, 5