James Lavelle Interview

Mo’ Wax Recordings releases were an essential part of my musical evolution. Plain and simple. I remember sitting in a warehouse at Taranaki St (in early 90’s Wellington, New Zealand) with a few fellow DJs and hearing for the first time DJ Shadow’s cinematic ‘Influx’ permeate the room like a sweet, dense opiate fog. It completely turned me on and turned me out, leaving me in no doubt that we were entering a new age and certainly seeing the term ‘hip hop’ redefined. James Lavelle, as I don’t need to tell you, made this happen.

James Lavelle is undoubtedly a DJ, a producer, and an erstwhile label owner, but most of all to me he’s a walking zeitgeist detector, a cultural barometer, a man who knows how to bring the right people together and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.

There was so much I wanted to ask him at the Basement Sessions I genuinely didn’t know where to start. Here it is…


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