A quick word with… Damian Lazarus
One of the most interesting characters in dance music, Damian Lazarus not only heads up cult label Crosstown Rebels, but has also just launched his live venture, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons. Stu Todd caught up with him ahead of his Provocateur gig
How was the recent Day Zero event in Mexico?
Day Zero was once again an incredible event full of music, performance and joy. Thousands of party people from all over the world joined us to celebrate life and love and to reconnect with the ancient Mayan culture and ideas.
How important is the spiritual aspect of the festival to you?
I feel it is important to create something more than simply a dance floor for people to go mental on. In an ideal world people would feel comfortable in the space to really let go of all their baggage, allow the music to move them and to seek and find something stronger, something more powerful in the experience.
When did this become the case or have you always been a spiritual person?
Ever since I began growing the beard. Or maybe some time before then… maybe in a past life?
How did your debut of Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons at Day Zero go?
It was mad. It was the first time I performed with my new band, in fact the first time I ever performed with any band. We learnt a lot from this first show and we are working on a few things now but for a debut performance it was pretty epic. I have some incredible musicians working with me on this project and we are very excited to begin touring this spring.
Can you tell us a little more about the hardware set up, your role and the influences involved in the sound?
You’ll have to wait until you see but I can tell you this is
not simply a DJ standing in front of a laptop!
What can we expect from your new album due to drop this year?
Some beauty, some mystical songs, some heavy and trippy music for the heart and soul.
What do you have coming up on Crosstown Rebels?
New album projects from Skream, Francesca Lombardo, Aphrohead and a couple more things about to be announced. Plus some killer new singles coming on both Crosstown and Rebellion from a number of amazing artists.
Who should we be looking out for in 2015?
I guess Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons would be high on the list; there are some new artists coming through also like Squire, Azimute and David Pher.
What can we expect from your upcoming set at Provocateur in Dubai?
A night of twisted, mystical, magical music.
Damian Lazarus plays Provocateur on Friday February 13, Four Seasons Hotel