Dance Floor Warriors

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Steve Lawler has been a party bringer, thrower and haver since the tender age of 16. He has got crowds moving all over the world - whether it be the illigal raves under the M42 motorway where it all began, his midweek sessions in his hometown of Birmingham, at the legendary, now defunct, The End in London or in various locations on the White Isle such as Mambo, Amnesia, and Sankeys where he began his Viva Warriors residency last year. This year, the Warrior journey kicked off in London at Fire on March 2nd, where the dancefloor warriors were out in force for one hell of a party.

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On entering the club, the energy was immediately noticeable - and highly contagious. I decided to arrive early thinking it would be busy and boy, did I make the right choice looking at the large queue already forming outside. To start the night off, Julian Perez was on the decks in Room 1 and at this point in the night there was still quite a bit of dance floor to be seen although the place was filling up rapidly. Meanwhile in Room 2, female duo Anek had the whole dancefloor moving and 'cutting shapes' with their bouncy, vocal house sounds easing everyone into the night. Tracks like Applebottom' 'All night' made the place go crazy!

 

Just before midnight, I returned to Room 1 to try and save a good dancing spot for the Martinez Brothers with the club getting increasingly full at this point (you could definitely tell it was a sell out event!). Having not seen the Martinez Brothers play out before, I was keen to see the masters at work and when the brotherly duo stepped behind the decks sandwiched between a wall of bright L.E.D lights, the excitement from the rest of the crowd was obvious. Seeing just the shadowy outline of the guys standing there you knew the Brothers we're about to go in and the atmosphere was amplified by the futuristic lazers and smoke machine filling the room. 

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The duo took the crowd on a proper journey, kicking off with soulful, pumping house, which then progressed into Latino-inspired sounds, getting a little deeper around 1am and  finishing up with more minimal and futuristic tracks to bring the set to a close. A notable banger that got everyone's fists pumping was CrossNineTroll's recent anthem 'Wanna say'...

 

Next up to the decks was the main warrior himself, Steve Lawler, which ensured the main room was now filled completely to the brim. He started his set in true Lawler style, with a dark and eerie build up whilst bright white lazers circled the room.

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As soon as the first track dropped the room was filled with 'ooohs', 'ahhhs', whistles and 'oi's'. Steve kept to his dark house vibes, taking it into some darker techno sounds, before changing it up into slightly more bouncy and melodic house when he dropped Eats Everything's Chicken Tits Refix of Chicken Lips' 'He Not In' which sent the crowds fists up into the air yet again.

Steve brought his set to a close by dropping his new track forthcoming on Viva Music, 'Avaida (The organ track)' which he named after his daughter to be, after comparing the process of creating it to making a baby, as it's taken him 9 months to make! 
 
 
 

During the course of the night I did need to make a few trips to the bar (as one does) so found myself in and out of Room 3, hosted by the One More boys with Antonio De Angelis, Outart and Arnaud le Texier providing the sounds. Throughout the night there was always a great buzz in Room 3 - with the club being so busy, it was mainly filled with people seeking a slightly less hectic time or recharging their techno arms ready to hit the main room once again after a quick refuel. One of the beauties I remember walking into whilst refueling with a Vodka and Coke, and which seemed to be going down a treat with the crowd was 'Mr Jack' by Luna City Express. 

   

At 4:30 it was time to venture back into Room 2 to check out Darius Syrossian, another main player at Steve's warrior events, who was keeping the energy high with some classic house tracks including Waifs & Strays 'I Saw Yo Girl (Full Acid Vox Mix)'. 

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I've got to hand it to Steve and his Warriors he does put on one hell of a party. The quality of music was top notch and the energy from the dance floor warriors lasted right through the night. To get an insider's perspective, we caught up with Steve to see what he had to say about the event; "Great to see all the Warriors out in action, Sorry to those that couldn't get in, rest assured we will get a bigger venue next time. Big Thanks to Fire, all the artists that came and partied with us and most of all our Warriors...we love you".

The Warriors journey is now in full swing and you can catch them this weekend at The Warehouse in Coventary or in Miami hosting their own beach party 22nd March at the Shelbourne as part of the Miami Winter Music Conference. Viva Warriors will be returning to the while isle this season to host their residency at Sankey's Ibiza this time on a Sunday.You can also catch Lawler and his Warrior crew at Vertigo Festval in Italy this August. We can't wait for the summer season excitement to begin!  

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Event reviewed by Helayna Kohlinsky