Interview With Ralph Lawson
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Ralph holds the honour of playing the first ever record at Back to Basics in Leeds and is best known for his 19 year residency at the club and his record label 2020 vision.
In June he organised the Inner City Electronic event along with Ben Thompson. I asked Ralph about his connection with Leeds and Back to Basics.
BACK TO BASICS PUT LEEDS ON THE MAP
It certainly did, I played the first ever record at the club in 1991. We are seeing the 3rd generation of clubbers coming to the club now. It brought it all home when a couple brought their son for his 18th birthday to the club as they had met at Back to Basics in the early days.
IS IT TRUE THAT IT IS THE LONGEST RUNNING HOUSE MUSIC CLUB IN THE WORLD?
It's not official but it is probably the longest running one. Leeds is very special, it wouldn't happen in London as things change constantly. It is a northern thing in a way like the working men's clubs were - people went at the end of every week to have a good time.
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I was originally a drummer but that gave me an advantage to be a DJ as I could pick up the rhythm. Dance music was just starting and was not as big then, there was no career in being a DJ.
IS LEEDS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR YOU?
Certainly, my record label is based here, we get demos sent in from all over the world. The city is a compact one, there seems to be a new restaurant opening every week.
Leeds is in a good place at the moment, it always has been.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT AT THE SYMPHONIC SOUNDS OF BACK TO BASICS AT THE MILLENNIUM SQUARE CONCERT IN LEEDS AT THE END OF JULY?
We've got a 50 piece orchestra playing the club classics from the early days of Back to Basics with some very special guest vocalists lined up such as Robin S, Alison Limerick, Robert Owens and the Utah Saints amongst others. There will be myself there and also Dave Beer from Back to Basics.
There will be DJs on from 6.30pm with the Symphonic Sounds Orchestra performing with the guest vocalists from 8pm.
Dance music has a history now and the clubbers from the 90's might not go to the clubs any more but still like dance music, this is an opportunity for them to re discover the club classics again and hear them in a classical setting. It will be a great night I'm sure.
The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics, Millennium Square, Leeds - Friday 27 July
Interview With Ralph Lawson, 10th July 2018, 15:27 PM