King of midnight dance parties comes to Vail
Born and raised in Northern California, Lawrence grew up dreaming about the underground British electronic music culture. Obsessed with bands like New Order and Depeche Mode, Lawrence spent his teenage years locked away in a darkened bedroom studying the lyrics of The Smiths and other bands that personified the angst and alienation of urban youth.
His love of music and language led him to the University of California in Berkeley to study the humanities. Living across the bay from San Francisco, Lawrence continued his descent into the underground world of alternative dance culture and out of this was born a new dream: to pursue music. After graduating from Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, Lawrence immersed himself in the early San Francisco rave scene, where he became infamous for hosting the free midnight dance parties in Golden Gate Park and the pirate dance station Universal Radio.
Years later, as a Grammy nominee, the recipient of the “Best DJ” award at the Dancestar USA 2002 Awards and one of the top-ranking American artists in DJ Magazine’s prestigious “TOP 100” DJs of 2002, Christopher has kept true to his teenage aspirations and been able to find success in something that enthralls him.
In demand, Lawrence has been described as “America’s Top Trance DJ” by MUZIK and “One of the most popular DJs on the global circuit” by DJ Magazine. In 1996, he became the first American artist to be signed to Scotland’s cutting edge Hook Recordings. With a discography of groundbreaking tracks played by DJs from Paul van Dyk to John Digweed, his “Navigator,” “Interceptor”, “Renegade”, “Rush Hour,” “Shredder” and “Cruise Control” have found success on the U.S. and European charts. Inducted into the UK superclub Cream’s “Superstar DJ” Hall of Fame in 2001, Lawrence is the only U.S. DJ invited to headline each of the Ministry of Sound, Cream, and Gatecrasher inaugural tours of America.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by my peers in the electronic music industry,” he said. “I feel really privileged and grateful. I take my DJing very seriously in that I approach every event I play as if it is the most important. It is purely a personal thing, but it is great to be appreciated.”
Lawrence says he is still influenced by the freedom of the early days, noting that when he started DJing, there were no rules or genres and DJs were free to spin whatever they felt like. In his studio, Lawrence plays a variety of styles for himself, from acid breaks to house, although his personal down time is limited by the constant travel and demands of life on the international DJ circuit.
Lawrence’s aim is to turn a new generation onto the underground sound of trance, while continuing to reach the people that he has been playing to for the past 10 years worldwide.
DJ Christopher Lawrence spins tonight at 8150 at 10 p.m. For more information call the club at 479-0607.