DJ Laurel / Producer
DJ Laurel shows
Dj Laurel (Lavr Berzhanin) has been playing and collecting vinyl since 1999. He was the first in Belarus to play what is called Nu-Jazz, Latin House, Disco, Funk representing music of such of superb labels as Compost DE, G-Stone AU, Ubiquity US, Schema IT and much more. Later the influence of the British label Tru Thoughts made his musical emphasis move closer to funk & soul.
3 years later his dj sets focused mostly on rare funk & boogie 80’s , obscure disco 70s, latin. Digging rare vinyl by all around the world Lavr has the biggest soul & funk, boogie and disco records collection in Belarus.
In 2005 Laurel starts working in the sphere of booking organizing events in Belarus with the participation of one of the world’s greatest independent artists and dj’s.
Jazzanova / Sonar Kollektiv, Germany
Richard Dorfmeister – part of Austrian godfathers K&D duo / G-Stone, AU
Clara Hill / Sonar Kollektiv
Robert Luis / A&R Tru Thoughts, UK
Joe90 / Futureboogie, Kiss 101Fm, UK
Florian Keller / Compost, Into Something, Germany
7 Samurai / Gamm, Compost, Panoptikum, AU
Mc Coppa / G-stone, RockStar, UK
Bonobo / Ninja Tune, UK
Andy Smith / PORTISHEAD DJ, UK
T-woc aka Michel Donohoe /Alpahabetset, Ireland
Valique / Freestyle Rec.
GruyereDJ / New Cheese, SP
Crazy P / 2020 Vision, UK
Nickodemus / ESL, NYC
Lack Of Afro / Freestyle, UK
Diesler / Ninja Tune, Tru Thoughts, UK
Dj Format, UK
Dom Servini / WahWah45’s label boss, UK
Jon Kennedy / Grand Central, Tru Thoughts, UK
Michael Reinboth / Compost label founder and owner, DE
Roskow Kretschmann (ex-Jazzanova, Kosma, Intega) Compost Records, DE
Freddie Cruger aka Red Astair / Tru Thoughts, UK
Pitchben / Compost, DE
Chris Read / BBE Records, UK
Kym Mazelle (NYC) live – the first house diva
Aroop Roy (UK)
And much more….
Laurel had joint dj sets in London’s Big Chill Bar, The Queen, Favela Chic, Germany legendary Mufathalle Café , USA, Montenegro, France, Austria, France sharing stage with such great musicians and Djs like Montefiori Coctail, Gabin, Jake Wherry (The Herbaliser), Up, Bustle and out, dj Food, Jason Boardman, The Karminsky Experience, Nickodemus , Dj Format, Florian Keller , Dom Servini and many many others.
In 2009 and 2011 took part into Dj Festival in Montenegro alongside with Dom Servini, Florian Keller, Eddy Ramich and many more.
In 2011 for the first time ever played on the live WahWah45 tent on Love Box festival, London sharing stage with Stac, Adam Scrimshire, Blue Daisy, Colman Brothers and much much more.
In 2015 played back to back with Dj Andy Smith (Portishead) at London’s astonishing Koko club warming David Gilmour, also with participation Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) on Staging a Revolution I’m with the Banned
In 2015 Lavr became a part of he book: International Entrepreneurship in the Arts focuses – on teaching students, artists, and arts managers specific strategies for expanding creative ventures that are already successful domestically to an international audience. International Entrepreneurship in the Arts is already announced by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and is on pre-order on Amazon.com and will be published in spring 2016
Most charted Belarusian edit producer on UK’s Junodownload
(https://www.junodownload.com), also played on the weekly Craig Charles Funk &Soul show on BBC6.
In 2006 Lavr, in association with Free Theatre, organizes the first underground international music festival “World Musicians for Solidarity with Belarus” the aim of which is the musical solidarity with Belarusian counterculture. A line of the world’s leading funk-Djs have already participated in the action.
In 2007 Dj Laurel with the theatre group had a meeting with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. The musical project “World Musicians for Solidarity with Belarus” became under the patronage of Mick Jagger. Dj Laurel and The Free Theatre provide solidarity actions all over the world trying to involve most talented funk & freestyle dj’s into musical movements called “Free Belarus”.
In 2008 Dj keeps on working at a new project of “Free Theatre” which is called “Discover Love” by Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada, director Nikolai Khalezin.
Dj Laurel has got a lot of positive feedbacks from one of the finest dj’s;
“Belarus is not an easy thing but the little man has got a lot of energy and kind heart, a very good taste in music as well as good dj skills.” / Valique, Freestyle Rec.
“Excellent musical digging” / Nickodemus, USA, NY
“The best Belarusian dj. Has a perfect music taste and plays true funk and soul” / Florian Keller, Compost, De
“Don of a rare groove in Belarus” / 7 Samurai aka Tom Wieland Panoptikum, Compost, AU
“Respect & free thought to Laurel, great promoter. Professional attitude and warm great hospitality“ / Mc Coppa, G-Stone, Universal, UK
“One of my favorite djs in the world. He’s great! You know what his secret is? It’s his height! He is short and is closer to the turntables with the records!
You are very lucky to have him and don’t have to complain that he is the only of his kind around. Believe me, it’s better to have just one outstanding DJ than hundreds of common ones” /
Dom Servini, UK
“Respect what he’s doing in Belarus” / Bonobo, Ninja Tune UK