Common Ground 5 Year Anniversary with Ralph Lawson
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COMMON GROUND!!!!
Can't thank you all enough for the support over the last 5 years to get us to this point. Without further ado, we can't be more excited to bring you a very special talent from across the pond. With 25 years under his belt as a professional DJ and label boss to one of the most prolific labels around, 20:20 Vision, it is with great honor we proud present Ralph Lawson as Common Grounds special guest!
Ralph Lawson Biography
Now entering his 25th year as a professional DJ, Lawson has stood the test of time by continuing to find, support and play cutting edge electronic music. Lawson is always consistent, delivering seamless mixes with sharp technical skills and killer flow. Few DJs match Lawson’s experience and knowledge and he has never lost the passion.
Lawson is well known for his long running residency at Back To Basics club in Leeds, where he played the very first record in 1991. Lawson helped the club win 5 major industry awards (DMC, Muzik, DJ Magazine) for Best Club and has been personally nominated for Best Breakthrough, Best DJ and Lifetime contribution by DJ Magazine.
Lawson learnt his trade as a true resident DJ, playing every week at back to basics. He became known for playing long sets alongside the best electronic music artists in the world. These included Daft Punk, Danny Tenaglia, Derrick Carter, Francois K, Derrick May, DJ Harvey, Masters at Work, Chez Damier, Stacey Pullen and many others.
Ralph’s reputation spread from his Basics residency with guest appearances at the legendary Hacienda, Sub Club, Flying, Full Circle, Venus and Shindig as well as early excursions around Europe. Ralph become one of the first UK DJs with a residency in Barcelona at The Moog club and began playing in Ibiza at Ku, Space and Amnesia from the mid nineties. Touring started to extend across the world into Australia, Argentina and Japan. The USA became a firm favourite with shows at Red Dog and Smart Bar in Chicago, The End Up in San Francisco and The Sound Factory Bar, Limelight, Tunnel, Cielo and Studio B in New York. In NYC Lawson was invited to open for Danny Tenaglia at his ‘Be Yourself’ parties and even ended up producing music for the ‘De La Guarda’show on Broadway.
Lawson founded 20/20 Vision in 1994, which has gone on to become a highly influential and pioneering record label. Alongside long-term production partner Carl Finlow, the pair produced a series of releases including the classic ‘Raptures of The Deep’. Productions for David Bowie, Fat Boy Slim, Arthur Baker, Josh Wink, Felix Da Housecat and many more followed. But it was their remix work for New York artists Blaze that really put 20/20remixes on the map, most notably ‘Lovelee Dae’, ‘Funky People’ and ‘Wishing You Were Here’.
Lawson also produced music with Detroit’s Chez Damier as Chuggles on Prescription Underground and Serious Grooves including the highly sought after ‘Dedication to Jos’, ‘I Remember Dance and ‘The Moment’.
In 2000 Lawson added more long running residencies at Space Ibiza and The Loft in Barcelona and begun playing at the worlds best festivals including; Sonar, Glastonbury, Burning Man, Exit, Festival No 6, Loveboxx, Hideout, The Garden Festival, Eastern Electrics, Creamfields, Ultra, Beatherder, Electric Elephant, Rockness, T in the Park, Gottwood and many more.
In 2003 Lawson co-founded the 2020Soundsystem, which pioneered new ways DJs could play with musicians live. The band successfully toured the world for over a decade and released two studio albums ‘No Order’ and ‘Falling’ and ‘Live at Sonar.’ In 2007 Lawson mixed Fabric 33 for the famous London club after being a regular guest since the club’s inception. The album cemented Lawson’s reputation as a DJ away from his work with 2020Soundsystem.
In 2012 Lawson returned to being purely a DJ and creates a new production outlet called Lost in Time. After playing at Burning Man festival he was invited to headline Robot Heart in New York City. Lost in Time continues to develop as an imprint and artist project, the single ‘Hold Over Me’ being picked up by Art Department’s No19 record label in 2015. A Lost in Time album and a return to remixing are now in progress for 2016.