Larry Levan


The first place I played at was the Continental Baths. I got pushed into the job. I was doing lights and the DJ walked out. The manager who was like, a six foot three inches Cuban guy, said 'You're going to play records tonight!' I told him that I didn't have any records. 'You've got five hours" It was Memorial Day weekend. I went back to Brooklyn and borrowed records from my friend Ronnie Roberts, who had everything. I went back and worked three straight days

Larry Levan,, 1983

Larry Levan was an American DJ best known for his decade-long residency at the Paradise Garage. He was one of the first DJs to incorporate drum machines and synthesisers into his productions and live sets, which helped to usher in a new, post-disco era of dance music. Along with Frankie Knuckles, Levan paved the way for the ascension of house music worldwide. His lifestyle, however, led him to become increasingly dependent on PCP and heroin. After the closure of the Paradise Garage, Levan began to sell some of his prized records for drug money. He managed to somewhat turn his fortunes around, and as the 90s dawned he was making something of a comeback. However, once he returned, he checked himself into hospital, complaining of a bad case of haemmorhoids. He died three days later of cardiac endocarditis, a fluid build up around the heart.