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Christopher Lawrence brings trance back to Vegas

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Catch the legendary Christopher Lawrence at the Sahara Lounge on December 23.
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Deanna Rilling

Spend some time this holiday season with your #TranceFamily when the legendary Christopher Lawrence brings the warm vibes to counteract the chilly Vegas winter. We caught up with the veteran artist, who stops by the Sahara Lounge on December 23.

A lot has changed in the world of trance music. Critics said it was dead for a while, but now it’s back and bigger than ever. Trance had been the biggest sound all around the world for probably 10 years. But like everything, people want to hear something a little bit different. And the [difference] was EDM and that big-room EDM sound has dominated, especially in Vegas. Nobody wanted trance for a while there, and it’s really nice that it’s come back.

You’ve been playing massive festivals like Dreamstate in recent years, but you’re playing an intimate room here in Vegas. What kind of set will you spin? When you play a club and it’s more intimate, you can play stuff that’s got more subtleties. You can play tracks that are more delicate or have more finesse. You can play a sound that is more diverse.

Your Pharmacy imprints are releasing a steady stream of new music from fresh artists. I would meet people when I was on the road and they’d hand me CDs—back when there were CDs. I would bring it back to my studio after the weekend and just be blown away that this random person that I met at the show was making this really good music. That’s why I started Pharmacy Music. It was a way to put out my own music as well as music that wasn’t being put out anywhere else. As the label grew, it split. Pharmacy Music is psytrance only, and Pharmacy Plus is more traditional trance and progressive house. We’ve got stuff coming out almost every week on one or the other, so it’s really exciting. Christopher Lawrence at the Sahara Lounge, December 23.

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