Techno is to Damian Lazarus what strawberries are to Jamba Juice–a colorful and reliable base upon which to build a completely twisted concoction that can be renamed and adopted as one's own.
This month, Lazarus and a handful of his Crosstown Rebels label mates will serve up their own special blends of funky, spaced-out house and techno on the Rebel Rave tour, which kicks off Thursday at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa. One of the many UK DJs who've relocated to the Southland, Lazarus is a staple of the underground scene, and his debut full-length, Smoke The Monster Out (Get Physical Music), typifies a left field style that suggests you should expect the unexpected when he takes the decks.
OC Weekly (Richard Thomas): You're up pretty early for a DJ.
Damian Lazarus: I've got family in town, actually. We're about to go to Disneyland.
Where have you taken them so far?
Just local bits and pieces. The Griffith Park Observatory, which is my favorite spot in LA. Maybe tomorrow some cool flea markets.