Ahead of one of Circus‘ most anticipated parties in recent times, we caught up with long term resident, Lewis Boardman to talk about his favourite Circus moments, how it all started and what he really thinks of Yousef...
Where are you right now?
In the Liverpool office working on The Shipping Forecast and Circus Easter Bank Holiday Party.
How did your residency at Circus come about?
My residency came about first and foremost from being a huge fan of the scene and Yousef. I had to be involved in this new house night one way or another. So I went to meet Rich and Yos about a month before the club opened with a flyer in my hand and told them I need to be a part of this and was willing to start there and then. And I did too, putting up posters and handing out flyers around town.
Can you remember much about your first Circus gig?
Long time ago! My first slot was playing in the bar alongside Will Jazz. It was a huge buzz to play. I remember having around 30 of my closest friends in the bar going mad. It was a great time for me - it always makes me smile thinking back to when I first started, rushing back from work, packing my records, all of us cramming into my little car and making the trip to Liverpool.
You have played alongside some of the best at your Circus residency. Who have been your favourite guests (for musical & other reasons)?
Wow, there are so many to choose from. For a young DJ warming up for your heroes is always nerve racking and such an honour too. A big one for me was Danny Rampling. He stopped the music after my set and started to applaud me and then the whole club started to applaud too, it was an amazing feeling as I was a huge Danny Rampling fan. Another was when I first warmed up for Yousef; he was (and still is!) a big influence on my music and was a real hero of mine.
At the end of January you played a special extended 5 hour set for Circus at The Shipping Forecast, how was that?
It was great fun thanks, I could have easily played longer. It was a great way to express yourself and indulge in the music you love and tracks that you could not play week in week out. Next time 10 hours please!
Looking ahead to the big Easter Sunday party, whose set is at top of your list to check out?
I love The Martinez Brothers. Not only are they great young DJs who know how to lay it down, but they are really super cool guys as well .
Whose records excite you at the moment? Any tips for ones to watch?
So many great producers at the minute but I love everything Gerd is making, it has this real 1990s Chicago feel to all his productions with really tough rolling beats.
Do you have any productions in the pipelines you can tell us about?
I have an EP forthcoming on Monique, and I am just finishing a new EP at the minute. Lots of late nights in my studio!
Finally, if you had to describe Mr Circus himself - Yousef - in 3 words, what would they be?
A, Bloody, Clown :) Ha really I would say; Hardworking, motivated, passionate.
It’s not long now till the big Circus Easter Sunday party and with tickets completely sold out, it’s looking like it’s going to be one to remember. In the mean time, be sure to check out Lewis’ mix recorded for the after party to this Sunday’s party, it’s the perfect soundtrack to get you through the last couple of working days of he week.
Interview by Alex Ogilvie
Image courtesy of Wilde Agency