Steve Lawler Biographie

Steve Lawler is a definitive DJ and producer; a tastemaker whose sets
combine quality house music with the power to move dance floors around the
world. In the last few years, he's wowed crowds in such far flung places as
Zouk in Singapore, Groovejet in Miami, Twilo in New York and the mighty
Space in Ibiza. Courtesy of home, he provided the most groundbreaking sets
of the season for many of those lucky enough to hear him. After two months
he had been crowned 'King Of Space' by the locals - a rare and well
deserved honour.

You can find Steve behind the decks every Friday at Deep South @ home,
where his 5 hour sets of twisted house are bringing a new lease of life to
one of London's biggest clubs. As well as guest spots at every pioneering
club in the UK from Renaissance to Bedrock.

If one person had to be singled out for Deep South's success it would be
none other than top-class resident Steve Lawler. Whose mammoth five-hour
sets of chunky house and intoxicating tribal progressive sounds have
dragged him into the realms of the superstar DJ, and the club into one of
the clubbing success stories of the year. But modest as ever, Steve puts it
down to a combination of factors:

"I wouldn't accept that it's all down to me," understates Lawler. "There
are a lot of people involved in making that night good. I just do what I
do."

Steve Lawler hails from the Midlands, yet there is something distinctly non-
territorial in his work. Although loving the atmosphere in the big Saturday
nightclubs (he's an ex-resident at Cream), Lawler also refuses to pander to
any punter wherever he's spinning, especially at home. Think DJ communism,
with equal treatment for all the masses.

" It's rewarding for me to know that so many people are going off to
underground music every Friday night across the country. Clubs like home
and Renaissance have the best soundsystems and crowds in the UK, and the
feeling you get from playing those nights is amazing".

Tuning into electronic music from an early age, Steve used to buy Depeche
Mode records when he was young, so he obviously loved electronic sounds
without even realising it. But it was acid house that really turned Steve
on. Tuning avidly in to local pirate PCRL radio station gave Steve a taste
for house music, and it wasn't long before his mates were luring him off to
warehouse parties.

"I was totally blown away by the whole experience: the dark room, the
strobes and the atmosphere. The whole thing just blew me away and inspired
me to do my own parties."

Which is exactly what he did, putting on a series of illegal parties in a
disused tunnel under the M42 between 1990-1994. "The last one was just
amazing. We had Tony de Vit playing, and it had just grown from this small
party to this huge thing - basically a rave. It was all about town the day
before, people running around Birmingham going 'The tunnel's on, the
tunnel's on.'"

But it was in Ibiza that Lawler got his first true break. Having earned his
Ibiza stripes - he's been every year since 1990 through to 1997 it was
finally Steve's chance to prove himself as an accomplished DJ. He was a
resident at Café Mambo, spinning his legendary 8 hour sets there every day,
as well as playing three times a week at Pacha. It was then he was spotted
by Darren Hughes, then of Cream, who recognised his talent and ambition to
succeed. Signing him up to Cream's DJing agency, he began a residency at
the eponymous Liverpool institution. At only his second date at the club he
had to follow Paul Oakenfold at their NYE party. Not an easy feat, but one
which Lawler coped with admirably. The rest, as they say, is history?
It's not all about DJing though. Lawler's accomplished production, under
the monikers of Novocane, Chameleon and, naturally, Steve Lawler, are
currently causing mayhem amongst the likes of Tenaglia, Tong, Sasha,
Digweed, Deep Dish, and Pete Heller. 'Rise In', his latest single, is a
self-assured cut of heavy dancefloor pressure, which, as with all the best
things, has simplicity as its key. Watch it drop on any dancefloor in the
world and you realise that Lawler, in his production as much as his DJing,
understands how to work a crowd. 'Rise In' is set for a September release,
and if you've been near any of the coolest dance floors on the planet,
you'll have realised just how special the track is. The buzz around the
tune has superceded any of this summer's releases, and the Top 20 beckons.
Who'd have thought proper house music would once again reach such heights?
But then, as most of you know, Lawler is something very special.

"First and foremost I am a DJ," explains Steve. "I am not making records
for a career or the money, it's just that I want to make my own version of
sounds that would go down well in a club. When I make music I sit there and
close my eyes and imagine being on a dancefloor, with the lights and the
soundsytem. It's hard to get right all the time, but I'm going to keep
banging away at it until I do".

Which is pretty much Steve Lawler for you. A hardworking Midlands lad who
has never taken the easy path to success. From his mammoth sets at Space in
Ibiza, or his tendency to re-edit half the tracks in his box, Steve
certainly knows the meaning of graft:

"I do a lot of my own re-edits, because I get sent so many records where
its all good and then some horrible break kicks in. So I just cut that bit
out, get it on to CD and then go and get a slate cut. It's the way forward.
It means that a lot of records that people might have, I have my own
versions of them. It makes it unique, which you have to do these days.
There's 1001 DJs out there. It's probably one of the reasons why I have
actually got somewhere? I do make the effort."

Steve's spun at every club in Ibiza, and every decent club in the world,
and has stunned all detractors of the progressive sound. He was described
in The Face as, "The UK's Tenaglia", and in Jockey Slut as "one of the best
dj's in the world".

Steve Lawler: the pioneer of twisted house who loves a bit of hard work. If
you were waiting for a change of musical tack, then follow Lawler's lead.
Don't be left behind?