Damian Lazarus: 15 Things That Have Influenced The Crosstown Rebels’ Boss
Damian Lazarus has seen his label Crosstown Rebels grow to become the preeminent independent label in underground dance music. Striking the perfect balance between avant garde experimentalism and big-hit accessibility, the label celebrated its 10th anniversary with a four-month world tour at the beginning of the year that included stops at Fabric in London, Panorama Bar in Berlin and Miami for Winter Music Conference.
In addition to running a label and DJing across the globe, Lazarus has found time to release a little of his own music. His debut album, Smoke the Monster Out, was released on Get Physical Records in 2009, followed by a series of solo and collaborative singles: “Different Now,” “Rise Before Zod” and“Robot Heart.” On Sunday (June 23), Crosstown Rebels Presents Get Lost will take over the Neon Garden stage at Electric Daisy Carnival, where Lazarus will be joined by label mates Jamie Jones, Art Department, Infinity Ink, Subb-An and Francesca Lombardo in addition to Pete Tong and Sasha.
Lazarus’ success is due in large part to his wide-ranging and idiosyncratic interests in music and beyond, which has allowed him to stay ahead of the curve, unearth emerging talent and throw some of the coolest parties on the planet. Here, he takes us through 15 of the biggest influences that have shaped him into the A&R wizard and great curator of music that he is today.