Damian Lazarus

Damian Lazarus is a British DJ, musician and label owner born in London, where he lived until he relocated to Los Angeles in 2009.

History

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 - 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 Housecat's 'Silver Screen Shower Scene' and Tiga & Zyntherius's 'Sunglasses at Night'; 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.

DJing break

Lazarus received a major Djing break in 2002 when he was invited to play at Barcelona's Sonar Festival and by 2003 he had residencies at some of the best club spaces in the world. In 2003 he founded Crosstown Rebels the label's records offering a wide range of unique and twisted angles on electronic music and recent releases including music from Rebels from Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Deniz Kurtel and Art Department.

Releases

Starting 2008, Lazarus is hosting Lazpod (lazpod.com), a monthly radio show that draws influences and inspirations from all corners of the musical spectrum, while delivering it in a more informal style. With a substantial audience across the globe, Lazarus uses the Lazpod to showcase his experimental and eclectic tastes.

Between 2004 and 2010 Damian Lazarus has released a number of acclaimed mix CDs, including: 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). His debut artist album, Smoke The Monster Out, was released via Get Physical, boldly steping outside the realm of what one might hear in a Lazarus DJ set. Featuring his own vocals and riding a vast plain of influences - Neil Diamond to Photek, Bjork to Jeff Buckley - Lazarus demonstrates his keen ear and meticulous attention to detail in a collection of heartfelt, grievously honed tracks. The album club tour made its debut at the SXSW festival in March 2009 featuring a sophisticated live set which included several decks, effects and a visual show.

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