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HERE are the final months of Steve Lawler's diary on how a mix CD is put together. His Lights Out mix album is out this week.

MARCH 2002

Miami - it's like a school trip or holiday for the dance industry. We tend to let our hair down over there. I completely recommend to anyone who's into clubbing to try to go. It's the only place in the world where you can see that many DJ's in a week. There was me thinking the Lights Out album was finished, but Miami changed all that. In particular, The Crowd Song by Rhythm Gansta. I love this track. It's such dirty house music and I knew I couldn't put the album out without that beat. Even though I just need a section of the track I HAD to have it on there. I knew where I'd put it but the track next to it, Photography by Crossover, was a completely different pitch, at about 100 BPM. Rhythm Gansta is about 125 BPM, you can't mix that, so what I did was create loads of mad sound effects and samples in Pro-Tools to get out of that and introduce Crossover. Got home and Global can't believe it.

I don't think anyone likes doing an album with me. I don't even like doing an album with me.

APRIL 2002

FINISHED, at long last.

CD1 starts sexy, goes percussive, builds and gets busier. There's almost a summery clubby glaze before it goes into darker tribal realms, which is a nice introduction for CD 2. That starts deep, 5 o'clock in the morning moment and twisted house. I think there are mixes there that are so accurate and tight that some records sound as if they're part of the one before or after it and it didn't just happen by fluke or naturally. I just hope people like the CD.

May 2002

Done and dusted, it's time for the promotional stuff. The cover of the CD is my hand covered in luminous paint, so all the press get finger paint to make their own cover if they like. I'm delighted with the finished product. I'm planning my tour itinerary right now, next month I'll be back writing exclusively for the Daily Record on Lights Out on the road.

See ya,

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 28, 2002
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