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Larry Levan's Advice To New DJs

A newly unearthed documentary from 1989 features the house genius dishing out tips for amateur DJs.
 

A newly unearthed documentary from 1989 features the house genius dishing out tips for amateur DJs



One of the true pioneers of dance music, Larry Levan was best known for his decade long residency at seminal New York nightclub, The Paradise Garage. Levan's weekly Saturday slot became known as 'Saturday Mass' to New York's clubbing elite. Working alongside fellow pioneer, Francois K, Levan experimented with using synths, effects and drum machines during his sets to develop what would later be termed house music.

With the house revival in its second (or maybe third - depending on who you ask) summer in the UK, there couldn't be a more perfect time for this decades old documentary to resurface on YouTube. The documentary is a mix of interviews and club shots. It's a little dated and the footage isn't great in places, but if you're an amateur DJ and you want advice from probably the most influential man to grace the decks, then skip to the last ten minutes, grab a pen and take note.


We're holding a birthday bash for the late, great, Larry Levan this Sunday with Francois K. Get your tickets here.


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Written by Matthew Francey

13 Jul 2015