We are fast approaching the middle of the year, where has the time gone? Well I guess it's time for another vinyl chart. This time round I've listed some of my recent acquisitions that are getting some much loved rotation amongst my sets, some older tracks that have had a resurgence as well as a nice up and coming release from Leo Gunn (I'm so looking forward to getting my hands on this one).
I've recently been in chats with the folks who run a night in London called Krush and have been lucky enough to get an interview with Lawrence. This comes as a lead up to his appearance for Krush's night Techno Taverna @ The Watergate, held on Saturday, February 16 at a secret location in London. Keep up to date with the Krush night through their Facebook page
Interview with Lawrence:
Q. Can you give us a bit of background on how you got into djing/producing and what it was like when you started out?
A. The starting point for me was the Front Club Hamburg in the late 80ies. Every weekend i would go out to listen to early House Music, Techo and Acid house. In 1997 i played my first public parties in Hamburg and Berlin including the legendary WMF and Golden Pudel Club Hamburg. When i met David Lieske aka Carsten Jost in 1999 we started producing some kind of weird tunes and founded Dial Records.
Q. Over the years who would you say has influenced you the most as an artist?
A. If there were any list of artists who influenced my work, it would be thousands for sure. But inspiration does not only come from other music- it can be movies, arts, vacation, forests, people, love, life.
Q. From what I can see you're not one to be held down by genres (with your work as Sten/Lloyd/Boreaux), what do you find yourself playing most of?
A. It is funny that you mention Lloyd and Bordeaux- as there never has been any release out ever of these. Those are projects buried before they were even born. But you are absolutely right i am not held down by any genre. Now my favorite project is an experimental jind of Jazz Band with Christian Naujoks and Richard von der Schulenburg.
Q. What's your expectations for 2013?
A. From what i see around my labels Dial Records, Smallville and Mule Musiq: 2013 is going to be a colorful and exciting year! Plus i am working on my new album to be released in late summer...
Q. Is there any talented new producers you think we should be keeping an ear out for?
A. A label to look at is definitely Giegling, their latest triple vinyl compilation is a deep treasure chest. Richard von der Schulenburg aka R.V.D.S. is is an excellent producer aswell. And a lot of others to keep an ear on are Jenifa Mayanja, Juniper, Aybee, Steven Tang, Dionne, Julius Steinhoff: All them are well known in our circle but they deserve much more success.
Q.. Through your years producing are there any funny or quirky collaborative stories from your work you would like to share?
A. No actually i never do any producing collaborations and stories about myself searching the perfect kickdrum ain't that funny…
Q. What production equipment are you using for your work? Do you use software only?
A. My small studio hoards some selection of vintage acoustic instruments including a Steel Drum and an old Deagan Vibraphone, some essential microphones, computer and stuff, very random. As production is an intuitive process for me, the technical aspect of producing bores me a bit.
Q. If we were to take a look into your crate, what tunes would we be likely to find?
A. My club bag would contain a deep mixture of tracks throughout 25 years of extraterrestrial House and Techno tracks. Way more interesting: in my kitchen crate i got a lovely selection of old detroit and chicago jazz records and some favorite bands like Durutti Collumn, Prefab Sprout or Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. I love listening to splendid music while cooking!
Q. Out of the songs you have produced, do you have a personal favourite?
A. My own favorites are mostly the ones to come in the future. Playing forthcoming tracks at Robert Johnson or Panorama Bar is always so exciting. At the time it's some new album tracks, two pieces i did for my friend Jus Ed / UQ and a Remix for my Jakub Alexander aka Heathered Pearls.
Q. To finish up, what can be expected from your gig with the Krush crew at Techno Taverna @ The Watergate?
A. It sounds maybe a bit exorbitant but my musical mission would be to share heavenly times and reach some unforeseen deep pleasure.
Head along to Juno Records to check out some of Lawrence's releases as well as Resident Advisor to find out more about his upcoming gigs in your area.
Here is a release that's been in the pipelines for some time now, the release date pushed back to perfect the sound. I say good choice because this EP has ticked all the right boxes. From what I've been told this German based producer goes by the name of Birke TM, a play on his real name and a bit of an in-joke amongst his mates. These mates include some heavy hitters from the likes of Baaz, Knarf Skipson and Iron Curtis (featured on this EP).
So take a listen to this wavey, deep house number released on Feel Harmonic Records (who have been putting out some quality releases and definitely a label to keep an eye on). Grab yourself a copy of the vinyl release over at Juno Records and get some real Deep House into your system.