Few star DJs are genetically equipped to keep the marathon after-hours, 4 a.m.-start-time sets at Space interesting. Ever a work in progress, the British producer/DJ/label-owner was once considered the pioneer of twisted house. That was just one stop on his steady rise from the infamous "motorway raves" of the early Nineties to his legendary Ibiza residencies, where Lawler has spun every summer for the past 17 years. More recently his Lights Out and VIVA tours of North America have expanded his fan base.
Lawler's sound has evolved through the years, but the main elements still remain, meandering through deep, dark, and sexy house sounds. His seminal remixes have included Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," Dido's "Sand in My Shoes" (which slotted number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance chart), and his massive overhaul of incidental sounds from the Hollywood film The Skeleton Key. Not too shabby for a Depeche Mode fanboy teen who got his jollies running illegal parties in an abandoned tunnel under Britain's M42 highway.