By Lazarus

Hi 🙂 Thanks for dropping by. I don’t have a website. I had one once but I had neither the skills nor the means to keep it updated, and I can’t afford to pay someone to do it for me. Being married now I can’t offer sexual favours to anyone to do one for me either.

In real life my neck is actually straight

In real life my neck is actually straight

Enter the joys of WordPress, when it suddenly struck me that I could post tracklists and download links to all my shows and sets here, without the need for an actual domain, website, or afore-mentioned skills! Thankfully I’ve also been able to acquire very reasonably priced web hosting and a domain that sends you here – apologies if it’s not that flashy, I’m just hoping the content makes up for it 😉

It also gives me an excellent opportunity to occasionally spout my nonsense into the bottomless pit that is the blogosphere. Maybe people will even read it, perhaps it will even change their lives and perspectives on things, but I doubt it. In fact I’m sure it’ll only just demonstrate to people who might not otherwise be aware just exactly how strange I really am.

So my random ramblings will likely be occasional rather than regular. This site is all about my love affair with trance.

My love affair with electronic music in general has been long-winded to say the least, and I won’t bore you all from my first post by reciting 20 years of influences. But suffice to say that once I found my way to trance I never left it, and so more than half a lifetime later I’m still here, still obsessed, and (finally) no longer just some weirdo who makes people suspicious because he likes “computer music” instead of “real instruments”. Thankfully there is now an entire planet full of weirdos just like me.

I was taught to mix in 1999 by a guy called Andy Woodward, whom I lived with at the time, during that crazy summer that shall, for me, be forever Gatecrasher.

Nowhere on earth like it, before, or since.

Nowhere on earth like it, before, or since.

I’d pre-empted my purchase of a CD player many years earlier by starting my CD collection before I had one, so that when I finally got around to it, I had CDs to actually play. Similarly, I began to collect my own vinyl before eventually acquiring my own decks and mixer in 2003.

I’d make demo mixes onto an old tape-cassette recording deck. It was quite amusing in that my first decks used to play records slightly fast, and similarly, the tape deck would record things slightly fast – so my first few demos generally headed around the mid to high 140bpms. I was the guy who kept the 120 minute cassette tape industry going for a while until I eventually harnessed the power of the PC.

In early 2004 I managed to blag my first gig at a night called Energy at Club Zero. I’d always sworn that playing in a club was something I always wanted to do once, but admittedly, that night had a profound effect on me in the sense that it made me hunger for more.

A few weeks after the gig I spotted a post advertising for DJs as part of an online-radio station called DJ Source Radio, part of the now defunct but legendary DJ Source forums. As the station was in its infancy, as was the general state of internet-radio at the time, I was able to get myself two weekly slots on the schedule.

When asked what I wanted to call the two shows, I had no idea, and hadn’t given it any thought at all. But as I DJ under the name Lazarus (a story I’ll get to another time) and I’d drunk a couple of vodkas at the time I received the email, I was able to brainstorm the two show names in a couple of minutes. Just as well I didn’t get three shows as I only came up with two suggestions.

The shows were called The Rebirth Session and Back From The Dead, and, well, ever since really, I’ve been doing both shows periodically on various stations, since DJSR took its’ final bow. When I’m feeling in the mood or if someone else asks nicely I also do other mixes too, for special occasions or guest mixes generally. Every now and again I even get to play live in clubs from time to time! 🙂

In the early days it was all about fun and playing for a handful of people (sometimes 1 or 2, occasionally over 30) but with club gigs so hard to get it was the next best thing, and certainly preferable to playing records to a wall.

I guess you could say that this website is the story of everything since then really! Enjoy 🙂

19 Responses to “Greetings And Salutations”

  1. 1 Rich
    July 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Weirdos who like computer music? LOL. I live in Arkansas. Imagine the looks I get!

  2. 2 Naz
    August 31, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Did my post evaporate:)

  3. 4 mrhtbd
    September 8, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Dude, you are doing a great service to the world.
    I love this music, and I’m 50, so you must be doing something right.
    Anyway, can I download or purchase the tracks on this show?
    I love your selection of music.

    • September 8, 2009 at 8:12 am

      Most of the tracks have been released are already available to purchase from good download stores – I’m a Juno Download man myself, and there’s a link on the right of the page here 🙂 Thanks for the words of encouragement! If you check the site again later tonight the whole show of Episode 113 will be available for download here, but in the meantime there are over 300 or more of my other sets available on here 🙂

  4. October 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    You music Super best Flay nice Frends good luck next project xD

  5. 7 Schumi
    October 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Im from Romania and i listen your mixes from 2 years u have beautiful mixes thank you for sharing this i apreciate your work.

  6. January 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hey Lazaro….

    Oscar, from Madrid ( Spain )

    I love trance…trance is my way of life…

    I met yesterday this session of you..back from the dead 129 emotional party 4

    it.s amazing…is exactly the music that i dream…

    Please, answer to me to this mail i would like to know more of you and your music.

    Sorry for my english and so many thanks for make this special mix…this sound id the most similer of fly in the heavenn

    Greetings from Spain

    HOpe your news


  7. April 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Hey Laz, I’ve already told you, you’re doing an amazing job mate! Really, everything that you put out on Defcon is a bomb, pure uplifting and melodic trance. I think I could live of these tunes without drinking and eating!
    With the shows it’s the same: stunning! I suspect you are mixing them live, and I really aprreciate that as I’m also doing some mixes live from time to time. 95% of the DJs out there use some software to mix, which I find pretty boring and lacking the “human touch”.
    So, I just want to show you my support, and encourage you to continue because trance music is my life. Never loose your passion and keep sharing with us the pure beauty of what trance music is.
    Cheers from Switzerland,

  8. May 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm


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    Good Luck next New Work Music SET 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!

  9. 14 kret
    September 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Lazarus doing amazing music :)Keep up!!Poland greets 🙂

  10. 15 Duky
    September 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    thanks for so much impressive trance art!
    hope you do so further the next 50 years. i will never hear other kind of music till my end 🙂

    • 16 Dave.
      April 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Blimey, this is like a blast from the past! I used to frequent DJSource, there was nothing else like it on the web then all of a sudden it was gone. What a loss. I’m sure I have one or two of your downloads from DJS and also Hypnotix, whatever happened to him?
      Great to find you Lazarus. Good Luck in all your projects.


      • April 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        Hi again! 🙂 Still in touch with a few of the old DJS crew who started everything but can’t say I’ve heard from Hypnotix? Shame the forums died a sudden death as well but many forums have gone that way since. Great to hear from you! 🙂

  11. 18 Paulr
    September 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Discovered your mixes and what can I say!! Its all I listen to now. You really inspire me through the way you mix.., absolutely awesome… Don’t dyop doing what you do..,,

    1st Class…,,

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