From label management to music production, Steve Lawler handles business and makes it all seem effortless. For nearly two decades, he’s recorded and remixed for renowned house and techno labels, such as Drumcode, Rekids, and Sci+Tec. Lawler’s own VIVa MUSiC imprint experiences continued success thanks to his discriminating ear and supportive demeanor, and the recruitment of top-shelf artists, including Simon Baker, Davide Squillace and Tiefschwarz. Unsurprisingly, Lawler is no slouch in the DJ booth, either, earning residencies at London’s Ministry of Sound and Ibiza’s Space. His style combines elements of classic house and driving techno, fueled by tribal percussion and uncompromising kickdrums, and aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Lawler brings the heat, so prepare to dance until the lights come on. You might pack a towel for this one.
(John Alex Colon)
June 8 at Spy Bar, 646 North Franklin, (312)337-2191.