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

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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

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