Lab 4 are a hard dance
act from london
, formed by Adam Newman and Lez Elston in 1994. Their musical style is unique. Lez and Adam were originaly involved in M.A.D, a little known industrial metal
band, and formed lab 4 upon its demise. However, although you can see the metal influences in lab 4's music if you look for it, they are clearly a dance act. Their music is variously categorized as hard house
, hard trance
, dark techno
and more broadly as hard dance.
Lab 4 are also more like a metal band, and less like dance producers, in 2 ways. Firstly, they play live
sets. The very concept of live dance music seems alien, or even ridiculous to many rock fans, as they envision pressing a few buttons on a powermac g4
, and watching it run off an entire set. This is not, however, at all realistic. Although, clearly, all of the samples are pre-recorded, and much of the structure of tracks is set out on computers, drum machines, a live set is still live. It will be varied according to the venue, audience, mood of the artists, and audience response. Unlike with traditional DJs, who can only vary what songs they play, and in what order, lab 4 can modify the songs as they play them, which is what makes them unique in dance music. See lab 4s website (lab4.com), for their retort to charges of faking their live sets.
Moreover, lab 4 have been around for a lot longer as a stable unit than most dance music producers
, and have produced an extensive discography
of tracks, and remixes
of both their own, and other artists, music. They have produced some very varied music for adverts
and media, as well as playing several live sets a week, and producing dozens of tracks; much more work than most producers or DJs seem capable of.
Lab 4 play regular sets at The Fridge in Brixton, amongst other places, and there are several mp3s of these sets around on the internet (probably bootleged by promoters). If you want some of these (they're around 100megs) or are gonna see lab 4 live, /msg me.
Some info from lab4.com