Profile: Steve Lawler
King of Space
King of Space?
OK, I’ve heard of DJs with big egos but this is ridiculous We don’t mean he’s overlord of the cosmos. He’s been resident at Space, the award-winning house superclub in Ibiza, for the last seven years. ‘For a DJ it’s still the hub for electronic music,’ he recently explained. ‘Ibiza has always been about music. There is a magic about the island and its music that is difficult to put into words. To be honest, if I wasn’t in Ibiza at the time I was starting out I might not have perused my career in the way I did. The experiences I had in Ibiza gave me the hunger to become a DJ.’
Phew, so he’s not insane. But what does he get up to when he’s not on the White Isle?
His dark and deep tech-house is in demand pretty much all year round. He’s held residencies at legendary venues such as The End (London) and Twilo (New York). Then, of course, there’s the production work with releases on R&S and Bedrock among others, remixes for Justin Timberlake, Maps, Bat For Lashes and Radio Slave, mix CDs (particularly his Lights Out series on Global Underground), and not forgetting his own VIVa Music label.
Sounds good, any more info?
Lawler ran the now defunct Harlem Records but realised the future was digital. He’s now abandoned physical releases with all VIVa Music only available via digital. The label is a hotbed of up-and-coming talent with deep house and tribal techno cuts from the likes of Dualton, Sean Miller, Dragosh, Town Crier and more. While Lawler has stated he’ll only sign a track if he ‘thinks it’s the bollocks’.
I like a man with passion and convictions, where can I catch him?
He’s playing a three-hour set at Musika this fortnight.
Musika at Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sat 24 Oct.