We’re now just over one week away from Back to Basics’ 21st Birthday celebrations at The Garage with Chez Damier, Luke Solomun, Laura Jones, Maurice Fulton and the full arsenal of residents and the hype around the event is really starting to take off - helped no end by the incredible thread of Basics classics on facebook.
Ralph Lawson has been at Back to Basics since the very beginning, spinning the club’s first ever record, so who better to talk to for the third part of our Back to Basics 21st Birthday interview series.
Coming up soon... the final interview in the series with Dave Beer.
It’s said that you played the first ever record at Basics, can you remember what it was?
Yes of course, Marshall Jefferson presents Truth - Open Your Eyes.
Having been involved with Basics for so long, how would you say your residency has influenced you?
Well, Basics has been part of my life for exactly half of it now! So that is a major investment of my time and it has been a massive focus. It is the reason I live in Leeds for a start. I do feel I have influenced Basics as much as it has influenced me. I was very involved in the booking and musical direction especially during the middle years. In some ways basics has been a bad influence, a bit like the kid at school you shouldn't play with but I've managed to find my own path through.
Having played at all of the venues Basics has called home, which have been your favourite and why?
I had great times at all of them. Even the worst one Rehab had the odd good night. I think the Pleasure Rooms at it's peak was the best though. The music > factory was the original and had the most off the hook atmosphere due it finishing at 2am as well. It's a toss up between one of those 2.
Hypothetically, if you were playing the closing set at the last ever Back to Basics party – what few tracks would you be picking from for the last ever tune?
I'll cross that hurdle when it comes but I run a blog which is a good resource for people who want to delve deep into the basics history. Try a few from here - http://www.ralphlawson.co.uk/blog/category/sleevenotes
Back to Basics 21st Birthday [Part 2]
Saturday 24th November
The Garage, Leeds
+ Residents (Ralph Lawson, Tristan Da Cunha, Buckley, James Holroyd, Burnski, Frenchy)
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Article by Alex Ogilvie
Image courtesy of Marc Sethi