Subculture feat Ralph Lawson

  • Venue
    Sub Club
    • 22 Jamaica St; Glasgow, G1 4QD; Scotland; United Kingdom
  • Date
    Sat, 8 Nov 200810pm - 4am
  • Attending
    • 2
  • Easily holding one of the longest UK club residencies, Ralph Lawson dropped the very first record at Leeds' clubland institution Back to Basics way back in 1991 and still remains its resident to this day. Packing them in week-in, week-out, over its near twenty-year existence Basics has established itself as one of the best known and best loved clubs not only in the UK, but the world over. All the while, Lawson has gone from being, as he puts it, "a thick DJ", to someone not only skilled in the art of moving a dance-floor but also working in the studio. Starting the 20:20 Vision label in a deserted farmhouse in the middle of Yorkshire's rhubarb triangle, alongside keyboard genius Carl Finlow in 1995, over the years the pair welcomed what now looks like a who's who of dance music to contribute; Josh Wink, Stacey Pullen, Chez Damier and Ron Trent, Derrick Carter and Mr C to name but a few. As the studio grew in stature, 20:20 Vision's talents were even lent to the likes of David Bowie, Fat Boy Slim and Jamiroquai but despite rubbing shoulders with these big stars, the pair never lost their grip on the underground edge. When Finlow left in 2000, to start a new life in Paris, Lawson grew bored with what was happening around him, becoming hungry for something new. "I thought clubbing was really boring, all the DJs around at the time were playing it safe, everything was really repressive, there was no experimentation, there was no real leftfield; it had become such a boring mass-produced experience." – Ralph Lawson An opportunity to collaborate with Manchester's Fat City label in 2002 for their 'Stars on 33' mix album whirled Lawson into a new world of inspiration. Around this time his work with drummer Dubble D was also released and the following year, while sifting through a towering pile of demos, he found a gem in the form of Argentinean-band, Silver City. Fortuitous coincidences and perhaps a destined like-mindedness brought them all together in the studio and soon after 20:20 Soundsystem was born, the trio going on to take their energetic live act, combining Lawson's turntable talents with the drumming of Danny Ward, Fernando Pulichino's bass-playing and Julian Sanza's keys, around the world in support of their own 'No Order' album and Dubble D's 'Reaching Out' release. Last year saw Ralph Lawson join a list of talented DJs and producers who've contributed to Fabric's Mix Series; combining thick acidic basslines and swelling crescendos for its 33rd instalment. This year's he's set to release a follow-up to 20:20 Soundsystem's debut, but till then the long-time friend of the Subculture makes a long overdue return�
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