Ralph Lawson is Throwing a Free Party!

The Leeds loft bash will mark his 30 years as a DJ

“I’ve managed to stay in the game for all this time but it definitely hasn’t been easy.” So says Leeds-based DJ Ralph Lawson as he chalks up 30 years as a DJ. “Anyone who has dedicated a lifetime to music knows it is often a case of survival and we are only ever in a job if people want to listen to our music. You’re only ever as good as your last record. I really do appreciate this fact and try to never take it for granted.”

From bedroom DJ to playing at house parties to slots at Leeds event Joy, Lawson also ran his own night called Clear in the early days. Through Ali Cooke, who worked at Kik Flip Records, he was introduced to Dave Beer at a time when they were just about to start a club called Back To Basics.

“They invited me to join as a resident DJ and I ended up playing the first record at The Music Factory venue, in November 1991,” recalls Lawson. “I had just finished college and thought I’d give it a go for a few months. Back to Basics ended up becoming one of the most successful and long-running clubs in the world and I ended up becoming a DJ. First and foremost, a resident DJ.

To celebrate his “landmark year”, Lawson is hosting a free secret loft party in Leeds on Saturday, 28 September, as a thank-you to “the city that has supported me from day one”. The 20/20 Vision label boss has handpicked other “true residents” to join him for the special occasion – the Sub Club’s Domenic Cappello, fellow Basics’ DJ Tristan Da Cunha and Barcelona’s Guille De Juan.

“I’m bringing along a selection of my favourite DJs that also happen to be true residents,” added Lawson. “For me, resident DJs are the best, they have to be able to play so many different styles of music to fit around the guests so become very versatile. They are always first and foremost in it for the love of music and are often underpaid for their troubles.

“We’re going to go to town on sound and visuals to make it a truly special night.”

Massive respect to Ralph from all at iamCrü. Log may your career continue to flourish, mate.

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