When Dreamstate makes its return to San Francisco next month, it will be an especially personal affair for Christopher Lawrence, whose love for acid house blossomed in the City by the Bay. Lawrence cut his teeth behind the decks in the mid ‘90s, before rave culture became a global phenomenon—when break-ins and beach parties were how it was done. He began DJing because he was the only one in his Cal Berkeley dorm with the dope tunes. In due time, he helped lay the foundation for dance music in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. In helping solidify his own city as a pivotal trance hub, he established his place on the worldwide stage.
For more than 20 years, Lawrence has found new ways to invigorate and redefine the music we hold so dear in our hearts. All the while, he’s kept his roots firmly planted in the underground. To this day, he remains ahead of the curve; you have to be to retain the staying power he’s commanded this long. His cutting-edge approach to production surfaced early in his career, and he has remained a consistent force in the dance charts.
He’s staying on the grind in 2017: His electrifying collaboration with Orpheus, “There Is a Place,” is destroying dancefloors worldwide. The track is the most recent release in a long wave of chart-topping music. He’ll stay busy throughout the year with releases on X7M Records, as well as his own Pharmacy Music imprint.
Christopher Lawrence returns home for Dreamstate San Francisco, where he joins longtime collaborator and good friend John 00 Fleming for one of their crowd-favorite collab sets. We chatted with Lawrence about his long-awaited return to the Bay and his thoughts on the current state of trance music.
Read our full interview with Christopher Lawrence at Insomniac.com.
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