Hailing from the North, Laurence McAulay is a London based disc jockey who has been steadily piecing together a musical identity amidst the busy capital. He has been a steady figure in the Glasgow dance and electronic music scene for many years having founded the Vicious Creatures party series which has been hosted prominently at Sub Club across many years. More recently he has brought the longstanding venture to London where he has hosted bustling parties at The Waiting Room in East London with the likes of Job Sifre, Oceanic, Johannes Albert and Andy Blake all having joined Lárus behind the decks in his new found home.
As a dj his style is broad and varied, channeling energy from the days of trance and hardcore through to the more abstract and dynamic realms of disco, bass, house and techno. Expect the unexpected and you will be sure to learn a trick or two from a man who was brought up with two feet firmly rooted on the dancefloor.
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Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you ?
Laurence McAulay, from Glasgow, living in London. I’m a resident for Vicious Creatures and also been doing the promotion side of things for them since the start of 2018. We ran nights fairly regularly at the Sub Club since 2013 but now concentrating on doing stuff in London mostly.
What does your music sound like?
Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Where was the mix recorded?
A studio in London
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Somewhere dark with a decent sound system.
What should we be wearing?
The 1988 Germany away top
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
There’s a couple of mixes up on my Soundcloud that I recorded when I was lucky enough to be playing at Sub Club, doesn’t get much better set up wise than in there I guess.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Probably the Kasper Marrot one.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Recorded mix would probably be CD 2 of James Holden’s At The Controls or Sprinkles – Where Dancefloors Stand Still – Love The Grandfather Paradox as well actually. Live set-wise don’t think I’ve been at an afterparty that I haven’t played Johannes Albert’s set from Fusion festival so that’s up there.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Probably a bit cliché but a b2b with Larry Levan at Paradise Garage would be pretty cool.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I got some beginners package thing from DJ Store or decks.co.uk (one of those types of websites anyway) when I was 13, it was £300 for 2x Numark belt drives, a Behringer mixer and a pair of headphones. The decks were fucking awful and I then spent about 2 years trying to mix trance records into happy hardcore records and couldn’t work out why it wasn’t working.
I’ve now got 2x 1210s and a DJM 800 which I’ve had for about 10 years and is a bit fucked.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Both are equally important but I always feel I need to make sure the first track I play is a belter as I know the majority of the time if I’m playing after someone 99% of the crowd won’t know who I am, so I want to try and keep them interested enough to stay for the rest of the set.
What were the first and last records you bought?
I can’t remember the exact record but I remember one of the first few I bought was a Scott Brown picture disc. A quick Google tells me it was the “Hardcoreevolution” remix of Definition Of A Bad Boy. Last record I bought was a repress of Courage by Talking Drums on Dark Entries.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I think most records can be mixed into each other in one way or another.
Upcoming in the world of…
For Vicious Creatures we’re doing a room take over at The Cause in Tottenham this Friday then that’ll probably be us for this year. We’ve got Wolfram playing for us at The Waiting Room in January alongside our pals The Yellow Door who are coming down from Glasgow. Other than that I’ve got a few gigs here and there around London.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Just happy to be here.