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SteveLawlerProfile Part 1 by www.watcha3tv.com Steve Lawler is a spellbinding DJ/producer who is treasured worldwide for his innovative ever-evolving technical skills and far-reaching sound...
Demonstrating an extraordinary fidelity to the finest underground house music since the late 1980s, he’s rocked all the best clubbing spaces and won a staunch army of supporters. Respected as an artist who always goes above and beyond the call of his DJ duties, his most meticulous re-edits, remixes and original productions have furthermore helped to cement his super-deluxe status.
Over the last couple of years, Steve has centralised his various creative activities under one all-encompassing umbrella entitled Viva. This has led to Viva residencies in Ibiza, Viva Harlem Nights parties in London, a triple Viva mix compilation, and Viva Music, the fully digital label.
Armed with CDs full of atmospheric samples, intros and a cappellas, which he will intuitively loop and layer as required, Steve destroys dancefloors using three DVJ decks, two EFX-1000s effects units and a DJM-1000 mixer.
Steve: “For me, there is no doubt that Pioneer single-handedly took it to the next level and re-invented DJing. When the CDJ-1000 decks, EFX units and DJM mixers came along, they totally changed the way that I perform. And I am not just telling you this because of any endorsement situation; it’s something that I really believe. The equipment has been on my rider for years. You can be so much more creative with the CD decks than you ever could with vinyl turntables, and I say this a vinyl lover – I mean, I collect the stuff and have around 25,000 records in my loft. But I burn everything to CD these days and now that premium sound quality has been nailed with the latest range, I honestly can’t see myself using any other kit.”
From sculpting breathtaking soundscapes to composing radical multimedia montages, the multifaceted journeys taken by computer programmer Matt Black and former art teacher Jonathan More have been, in a word, phenomenal...
Teaming up to form Coldcut in the mid-80s, these visionary cut ‘n’ paste pioneers have done more to advance the art of the re-mix than most. Critically acclaimed, cutting edge and conceptually ambitious, their blend of talent, technology and soul is legendary. In January 2006 the grandmasters unleashed their latest and greatest opus, an album titled Sound Mirrors. Released via their Ninja Tune label, it’s an innovative feast of contemporary sound and vision.
On the eye-opening Sound Mirrors world tour, the dynamic duo have been making quite spectacular use of Pioneer’s DVJ-X1 DVD decks in conjunction with laptop technology running VJamm software (yet another Coldcut creation). Coldcut view the DVJs as a natural evolution of the CDJ-1000s and have been producing a cappella video footage of guest artists, which they then cut up/scratch and mix in live using the DVJs. Through this exciting technique they are ‘virtually’ able to take any number of musicians with them on tour and spontaneously call upon their video/vocals at the push of a button.
“The audiovisual scratching of ideas is something that we’ve had working for a few years with software as part of VJamm, but the DVJ is the perfect distillation of that particular idea. It’s a great solid interface that doesn’t crash, which is a big advantage.” – Matt Black Sample the Sound Mirrors DVD, The Music Video Project, above.
The original demo of the first generation CDJ-800s.