Q&A: Crosstown Rebels Boss Damian Lazarus On Sexual Danger, Dr. Dre Starting Burning Man & When Keeping It Real Goes Right
"Look at me, Damien! It's all for you," says a possessed nanny before jumping out a window with a noose around her neck in 1976's The Omen. After Resident Advisor released the 2011 edition of its Top 100 DJs poll earlier this week, one might be tempted to think of the nanny as the DJs out there not on Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels label, with the online electronic-music magazine as the noose and Damian as the smiling demonic boy just taking it all in at his own birthday party.
After the announcement, message boards lit up with whining over the Rebels' domination (they had 11 spots on the list, and four of the top 10). But the Rebels did dominate 2011 as DJs, producers and artists (Nico Jaar also scored top live act). But our story begins way back in the early '90s, where our demon seed started as a lowly music journalist [sic] working his way through an A&R job at London Records and creating two of dance music's most influential labels (the other being the electro cornerstone City Rockers). After a year where Crosstown "saw all of its dreams come true," we look toward the future. (This conversation took place a few days before the label's big win at the polls.)