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Dance Music Tea w/Chris Lake

Whether giving us life on one of his fiery original productions (“Changes,” “Only One,” “Boneless,” just to name a few), holding down shop at his Rising Music dance music label or working side-by-headphones-side with top-notch collaborators like Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, there’s a reason why British producer/DJ/music mogul Chris Lake has been straight up giving it to us for nearly two decades now. 

It also doesn’t hurt that he’s remixed hits along the way for Sia, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Tujamo and many, many more during his continuous reign on dance floors across the globe.

In funkdafied fact, Mr. Lake is about to give it to all of Philly when his current and ridiculously fiery Lose My Mind Tour takes over the City of Brotherly Love for a stop at Coda Philly this Friday night. 

But before he gets ready to serve out all of his greatest and latest beat business (his just released romp, “Nothing’ Better,” will take you there..read on to check it out), Mr. Lake was gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for some good ol’ fashioned dance music tea, where be broke mugs about his favorite albums, what he plans to do while he’s in town and what no aspiring DJ should ever, ever do if they want to make it in the biz. 

Dance it out with the incredible Chris Lake below. 

First up, how are you? How’s the tour been going so far? I’m great thank you. I’m 2 weeks into the tour and it’s gone so well so far. The vibe has been fantastic, and the fans have been amped up to hear all the new music I promised to drop. I spotted a lot of failed shazaming. It’s quite a satisfying feeling, I’m not going to lie….

What can your Philly fans expect from your upcoming slay at Coda this Friday night?  Well, definitely a lot of new music. I’ve been on a bit of a tear lately and I’ve been testing it all on this run of shows. Expect the energy to be high and your feet to be sore the day afterwards! 

Shout out a couple of albums you absolutely can’t live without… Ok, first that comes to mind would be Air/Talkie Walkie. These guys are pretty much my favorite artists ever. Their vibes get me every time. Secondly, maybe I’d choose Prodigy/ Fat of the Land. It really did change the way I looked at music all the way back in ’97. It’s genius.

Okay, so one of my personal favorite new grooves of yours is “Operator” which co-stars Dances With White Girls. What was the recording process like for that track? Ah thank you. Well, the beat came together very quickly. My management had a new member of staff start that day and they brought him over to the studio and see my space. He was sat on the sofa behind me with my team and I started a new beat with them all in the room. It came together very quickly and I felt it needed a spoken vocal. I remembered Dances had sent me a load of acapellas.a few years back that I’d not done anything with so I went through those and came across the ring ring acapella. It needed a little bit of re-formatting but it came together nicely and gets stuck in your head!

Please tell me you’re going to be able to kick it in Philly after the show… I hope so. I have a lot of friends in the city so I love to spend some extra time there whenever I can.

One more spill….what would your personal words of wisdom to any aspiring DJ out there who just picked up their first pair of headphones right this very second? As tempting as it can be to copy or emulate others…don’t. 

For much more with Chris Lake, get those tickets to see him at Coda this Friday night and then check out his official website right here

And if you want to hear beats like this all of the time, become a fan of Philly Mixtape right here and here

Let’s groove. 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Chris Lake

Hailed as “the best thing to come out of Scotland since Mylo,” DJ Chris Lake first became known for his rewerks of Prodigy’s “Climbatize” and Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams,” both of which he cooked up under the alias “Cristophe D’Abuc.” The Scottish DJ further broke music ground on his memorable 2006 smash, “Changes,” which features strong vocals from Laura V as well as a piano laced beat that still holds the power to grip your dance music soul.

Mr. Lake followed up “Changes” with an even bigger hit, “Carry Me Away” featuring Emma Hewitt, which owned the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart for several months. Following up to even greater dance music heights, Lake out out two more smashes–“Only One” and “If You Knew” featuring Nastala, both of which rightfully cemented Lake’s place in dance music hearts across the globe. 

On top of being a world-renowned electronic artist, Lake has also been a guest DJ on many radio shows such as Pete Tong’s Radio 1 in the UK, and he also runs two successful labels: Rising Music and Rising Trax. But it’s his infectious catalog of dance grooves that has kept the world turning up the volume on him, whether he’s serving us on the floor with one of his ferocious beats or collaborating with artists like Steve Aoki, Sia and Lazy Rich, just to name a few on a very esteemed list. Truly, there’s no denying that DJ Chris Lake is the pinnacle of overseas dance music truth.