An Interview with Steve Lawler

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Thursday, November 4, 2010, 1:26am. (Updated: 11/09/13 at 5:11pm) Add comments

Art by Matt Friend, Gradient Magazine,

Check out this featured interview with Steve Lawler for NYC-based Gradient Magazine! It was conducted by Ravi, our Social Media Director and Webmaster here at Panorama.

Q: What inspired you to throw the M42 parties in the first place?

A: “I was too young to enter a club, let alone play in one, and secondly I wasn’t a profiled DJ back then, I was more of a bedroom DJ who worked in record shops and did bits on pirate radio stations, just whatever I could do to fulfill my passion for playing records for people. The great thing about these parties for me (was) not only learning at a very early age how to throw a party but the experience of playing in front of a crowd. Remember, the first of these parties was around 1990 when I was 16/17 years old and had only been collecting this kind of music for around 2 years.”

Q: What musical and other influences in your life inspired you to go out, grab the world by the balls and make something of yourself? Did you intend to go the path of world renowned DJ? Or as in most peoples’ cases, did it just sort of happen?

A: It definitely wasn’t planned, being a DJ back then wasn’t really a career unless you played on commercial radio, and that was not something I ever wanted to do. I just followed what I loved which was music.. I tried to have jobs when I was younger but had the attention spam of a newt when it was something I didn’t love. I have to love something to even be able to think about it. I am the kind of person that when I set my mind to something I wont stop at it until I am satisfied. I tend to give everything the best I can and whatever I do is never kind of good enough for me, so I am always trying to better myself and further and push myself, sometimes this can be a curse. But I feel it’s this attitude which I have had from a very young age that has driven me. Music is a blessing for me.

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