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| 2.26 | The Electric Cabaret: DAMIAN LAZARUS & Joel Chandler | The Muse
We've decided to close out the 1st full month of The Electric Cabaret properly by bringing in one of the very best in the business - Crosstown Rebels front man Damian Lazarus! Joel Chandler - one of our main dudes from DC - will be getting things started for the evening....
(Crosstown Rebels, London)
(Elite, Radio:eZque - DC)
The Electric Cabaret is EVERY THURSDAY @ MUSE
717 6th St NW DC | 202.842.9800
18+ to Enter
$10 General Admission
FREE ADMISSION Before Midnight for 21+ w/ Facebook RSVP:
OPEN BAR FROM 10-11PM
Damian Lazarus Bio:
Damian Lazarus delivers a fresh and unique sound best described as dirty & deep, electro house - a rebel sound designed for lovers of late night madness, future dance floor classics and cutting edge new ideas.
With dj sets designed for good time party heads - his style combines the most upfront twisted music with a touch of attitude.
As former Head of A&R for UK based label, City Rockers, Lazarus divided his time between signing and developing the next wave of future bands/artists and spinning the most vibrant new tunes to like minded clubbers. He is responsible for signing and releasing classics like Felix's Silver Screen, Tiga's Sunglasses and Coloursound's Fly With Me. At the end of 2002, City Rockers was voted "Label of the Year" by various music magazine and the genre defining compilations, Futurism 1 and 2 (both compiled and mixed by Damian) were included in many music publication's 'Albums of the Year' lists.Damian received a djing major break in 2002 when he was invited to spin at Barcelona's Sonar Festival and by 2003, He had four perfect residencies at four of the best club spaces in the world - Circo Loco at DC10 (Ibiza), Polar TV (Berlin), The Loft (Barcelona) and 21st Century Bodyrockers (London).With his style and sound developing in 2004, Damian launched his new label, Crosstown Rebels. Rebels is firmly dedicated to the support and development of the best cutting edge, international underground Electronic dance music. Rebel artists include Kiki & Silversurfer, Phonique, Hiem, Adam Sky, Frankie Flowerz, Dan Ghenacia, Jennifer Cardini and the Glimmer Twins amongst many other next level producers and artists.Damian has released early 2004 his new dj mix album - REBEL FUTURISM SESSION ONE - to great critical acclaim. (see below). Always a lover of 'proper' music - and not a fan of mainstream music machines - Damian Lazarus is a believer in giving people something exciting, special and different.
Where do you live now?
When did you first want to be a dj?
I bought Technics 1210s and a Numark 1775 mixer when I was 14, but I couldn’t mix and didn’t realise there was a career in djing until much later.
What music were you into then?
Mainly hip hop, electro, soul and funk. I then discovered house, hardcore and jungle whilst at college in ‘89.
Has music always been a part of your life?
Yes, before working at record labels and djing I was a music journalist, I was the Assistant Editor and Music Editor at Dazed and Confused magazine between ‘93 and ‘96 and freelanced for other publications.
What were your favourite interviews?
I did so many but I guess the special ones were meeting and interviewing KRS-One, Chuck D, India (from Masters At Work), Wyclef Jean, Photek and Mathiew Kassovitz, not forgetting the time I interviewed Gonzo from The Muppets.
How did you start working in the music industry?
I was offered a consultant A&R job at London Records and later set up City Rockers with the same guy from London.
When did you set up Crosstown Rebels?
In 2004. I left City Rockers with a plan to start out on my own. Now we have a small but efficient and enthusiastic team of people and an amazing family of artists.
When did you have your first real djing break?
In 2002 at the City Rockers party. Bodyrockers, where I was a resident. I then got asked to play at the Sonar festival in Barcelona at Space in Ibiza.
What has happened since then?
I have defined my sound, played some amazing parties and travelled the world with some incredible music.
Describe your sound now?
Twisted, raw, deep underground techno, house and electro. Crazy future music that works just as well at peak times in large clubs as it does in the early hours in small spaces.
What does the future hold?
Continuing to play records at some of the best parties around, releasing amazing music on Crosstown Rebels, working on music soundtracks for movies and generally enjoying life with a smile.
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