Floyd Lavine is an artist of a new African generation. Born and raised in South Africa, Floyd explores our global village in every direction with one foot in Berlin and the other in Cape Town. Gaye, Green, Wonder, Fassie; past legacies were a crucial influence in Floyd’s early life before his introduction to house and techno in his late teens through the likes of MAW, Kerri Chandler and Dennis Ferrer.
Seeking some uncharted adventures, Floyd was drawn to London to explore music and develop himself as an artist. Whilst studying music production and business, he started a label called Uberbeat Records with his friend and fellow DJ/producer Quintin Christian. Together, they worked under the alias “Live Tech Rebelz” – a production duo with numerous EP releases.
After seven years in London, Floyd moved back to South Africa to be a part of its exciting emerging underground scene. He set up Nomadiq Music which quickly became one of Cape Town’s leading labels and musical platforms, showcasing local artists and hosting international talent of all shapes and sizes.
Floyd’s unique talent has landed him gigs at some of Europe’s premier events, venues and festivals, including Berghain/Panorama Bar, Watergate and KaterHolzig in Berlin; Unit 7, The End/AKA, Creche and Jade in London; Wanderlust and Nuba in Paris; Glastonbury Festival and Get Loaded In The Park.
Not to mention his popularity in his native South Africa where he’s one of the country’s favourite DJs and a major actor on the electronic music scene.
Floyd has released his music on some of the leading international underground labels including Upon.You Records (Berlin), murmur records (London), Dogmatik (London), Lower East (London) and on his co-owned imprint, Nomadiq Music. His productions have been supported and remixed by the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Dubfire, Pezzner, jef k, Art Department, tINI, Tom De Mac, Loco Dice and Anonym.
Heading back to Europe in October 2015, Floyd has now settled down in Berlin where he launch RISE at Watergate, his exciting new residency which draws its inspiration from the African continent, looking to showcase talents coming from but also inspired by Africa.
Production wise, Paranoid Dancer, a digital and limited edition vinyl record label based in Berlin, released his latest track, Afrique De Circus, on its 5th Paranoid Grooves edition (now out on Beatport Pro) and he’s got new releases coming up on labels such as Decay Records (London), Moral Fiber Music (Groningen, Netherlands) and BodyPart Records (Moscow).