Sloan from Lezure: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix

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Deep thinking, party focussed grooves from the Lezure co founder.

Lezure is a collective from Glasgow which has since risen to prominence in numerous cities. Energetic, fun filled parties with a focus on spotlighting both local and international DJ’s to great effect.

Over the years they have booked and supported a steady stream of artists who have since gone on to do great things. Lezure as a collective are very much tastemakers in their own right.

From a musical perspective the sounds that they have pushed are pretty broad – however it has never necessarily been about hype and the importance of each guest and their approach to DJ’ing remains pivotal in making the party what it is.


Calum, aka Sloan, is one of the key figures behind the long running party series and brings with him a reputable array of knowledge across a broad spectrum of Electronic music.

When we saw the tracklist for this one we were pretty stoked as we feel it represents both the proper thinking sensibilities of the Lezure crew as much as it does the party orientated gang they are known for.

Listen and read the interview below:

Please introduce yourself…

Nice to meet you! I’m Calum, who does music busy bodying under my second name Sloan.

Who are you, where are you and what are you

I head a wee party called Lezure that originated in Scotland almost 9 years ago. Alongside a good group of pals we started a collective in Edinburgh where we saw a gap in the tune-sphere and quickly doubled down in my home town of Glasgow. For the last four years I’ve made Hackney my home.

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)?

Lezure and my own taste has always been about what the ‘band’ are feeling currently. This changes on the daily with so many different musically involved voices present – what seems like chaos is how we work. Currently I’m throwing back to the motor city and rave roots of first going out plus the bass focused sounds of new friends in London.

Where was the mix recorded?

My living room to the annoyance of my neighbours!

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Taps aff, baws oot at your local like minded emporium.

What should we be wearing?

A kilt with a mesh top.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

Where I first learned how, in Dundee at my pal Dode’s gaff for 24h (min).

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Got to give love to Jay Carder for her most recent release but the A Better Tomorrow track from 2K4S x NDSOMEWARE is a record that never leaves the bag.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

I have a new favourite every week! There’s a Robert Hood mix from the old Unit in Glasgow that harks back to an era gone by. Collectively the Midland Panorama Bar mix from 2013 when every member of Lezure listened until the early hours and formed the idea for our club night.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Andreas Gehm. The booking that never was. RIP.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

My first setup was 2 Stanton turntables bought off a wee guy with a big dog from Castlemilk. Currently I have 1210s with a Xone 23 supplemented with an RXDJ by my lovely friends Gino and Lucine whenever I need.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

Depends on whether it’s a club night or a mix! For a mix, the first track draws you in and for a club night, the last track is what you leave with. Personally the middle bit is what sets people apart.

What were the first and last records you bought?

My first record was gifted to me by my mum when I was 17, Machine – There But For The Grace Of God I Go. Her getting ready to go out tune. Latest I bought was in Rubadub recently Mor Elian – Diva Test.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

An Irn Bru wham bar combined with a frozen can of Tennants in a blender to make something greater than the sum of its parts.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A Caracal.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

So many depending upon the time of day/night. Specifically remember stressing over some Drexciya white noise at a party pre Egyptian Lover playing in 2013.

Upcoming in the world of…

Lezure x La Cheetah presenting official release of new Pangaea album!
Plus a London small thing at The Plough E9 with the original Barbershop crew from The Cause.
A little tease to a b2b all night with Lukas Wigflex in December at the church of La Cheetah.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Londoners can’t understand Glaswegians!