As October shows her autumnal face and those clocks get confused and push themselves back an hour please don’t despair. Because as the leaves start to fall surely you can hear the dance-floor call? It’s the wiggling season, so this month Queenie catches up with a fresh faced young man who seems to be getting people to dance wherever he goes. Ladies and gentlemen – here’s Toby Lawrence!
What’s your DJ name?My name’s DJ Toby Lawrence, really original I know!!!
Where can we see you playing these days? Currently you can see me in Brighton at Revenge for FOMO, R-Haus, Hampshire Boulevard & Bar 38 in Portsmouth and The Edge in Southampton.
How would you describe your djing style? I’d like to say my sets are quite mash-upy, all over the place (in a good way!). I like to switch things up, keep people on their toes, try to mix tracks together in pretty unique ways and make sure that the crowd is happy and responding well to what I play.
What’s your favourite song of all time? I have so many to choose from! If I had to pick it’d be Superstylin’ by Groove Armada or Turn Me Out by Russ Chimes
Which tune always fills up (or rescues) your dancefloor? If I’m playing commercial a good pop-punk song always goes down well when people need a pick me up. Teenage Dirtbag is an anthem at FOMO and people are always ready to damage their vocal chords screaming along to it!
What would be your ultimate dream gig? I’d love to do festivals! I’ve always wanted to play the Pride dance stages since I’ve started DJing. I think that’s when I’ll be able to look back and realise that this weird dream of playing music to drunk people was all worth it.
Name a tune you wish you’d never played? Oh I’ve done it countless times! I don’t think there’s any shame in that. Part of becoming a DJ is testing the waters and seeing what works and what doesn’t, it doesn’t make anybody a bad DJ; it’s all a learning experience, which I really enjoy to be honest.
Guilty pleasure? Oh definitely the Vengaboys. I am not cool in anyway so I have no shame in admitting that I listen to the megamix on a lot of long train journeys.
What’s been your best ever gig? This year was my first ever Brighton Pride! I had an amazing time DJing at Revenge and the Village Street Party. It was a weekend I will remember for the rest of my life and really validated quitting my job earlier this year to pursue music full time.
Tell us a secret! I still often get ID’d walking into a lot of the clubs I work in. Oh well, can’t fault security for doing their job can you?!
Toby’s Top October Wonders
UMEK Jingo (Original) 1605
Midnight City Sexy Lady (Piano Lesson) (Original) Unsigned
Philip George Alone No More (Original) 3Beat Productions
Ryan Blyth Special (Original) Cuff Records
Hervé You Give Me Something (Original) Love & Other
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