SHE HAS PERFORMED ON OVER 90 LEGENDARY HOUSE MUSIC TRACKS. SHE TOLD ALAN T TO GET OUT OF HER SPEAKER AND GAVE DT GOOSEBUMPS. SHE TOOK IT UNDERGROUND WHERE HER HEART WAS FOUND, WHERE SHE FELT COMPLETE. SHE KNEW MEN=DRUGS WAY BEFORE THE REST OF US. ONLY THE SPEAKER KNOWS HOW SHE TRULY FELT AT TWILO, LADIES AND GENTELEMEN, THERE IS ONLY ONE…
L U L A
THE EXCLUSIVE NYC DJ ALLIANCE INTERVIEW
NYCDJA’S URI DALAL:Lula DAH-LING! So honored to interview you! Yours is one of many legendary stories of the 1990’s NYC House Music Club scene, if not the most exciting and memorable. What an exciting time to be in NYC while so many brilliant DJs were battling it out for supremacy and bragging rights almost every night of the week! It was at one legendary DJ’s party that your story comes to fruition. Please tell us how you came here and ended up catching DT’s eye. How did it all begin?
LULA: First of all let me thank you for interviewing me! I appreciate it, but Oh NOOOOO… not again this question… AAHHHH! Well, here I go AGAIN: I was going out all the time already here in Vienna in the late 80’s (yes, I’m old…) to the famous club U4, then in NYC to the (original) Sound Factory, then Twilo, the Sound Factory Bar, Roxy, Palladium, Roseland Ballroom, Club USA and so on.
Once I became a fan of Danny (Tenaglia), of course we had to be wherever he was djing. I guess he noticed me because I was always there, in front of the (famous) speaker. Sometimes I would ask him what track he was playing (he hated it). One night at Twilo, (I don’t remember who was djing that night), all of a sudden he was standing next to me while I was dancing (in front of the speaker of course)!
I asked him what he was doing standing there, since I thought he hated me for being annoying, but he said, “I came to dance with you”. From that memorable night on we became friends. It was only a matter of time until I was in the studio with him, and one night in front of the microphone for him….
What a wonderful time we all had in NY back then. I have such good memories. We all are so lucky to have had the chance to experience the 90’s in NYC and Miami, in the greatest of clubs, to hang out with Danny and all the other DJs, like Vibe, Rui, Louie Balo, Cevin Fisher. I miss these times so much.
Well, actually it was nice to answer this question again. It makes me sad, though, to think back. Life is so different now, clubs are so different. It’s depressing somehow.
U: LOL thank you, I know you’ve been asked that a million times… Nope, never gets old for me. OK Next question: My favorite track of yours to play when I’m spinning is ‘The Underground’ by Jonathan Peters – I mean it’s just the sickest, darkest, hardest and tweaked out track I think I’ve ever heard! I remember you were very humble about your part in it when I harassed you for weeks after I realized it was your voice on the track (lol) and that’s what I really love about you, unlike the idea in most people’s head today, you’re legendary but still down to earth as can be. Please talk about your song writing process and how you like to work.
L: Yeah, ‘THE UNDERGROUND’…. an unbelievable track… so dark and underground. I love it. What an honor to have a track produced by the legendary JP. I’m amazed, excited and honored that still, even in this millennium, so many famous DJs agree and want to make tracks with my voice. JP, Kult of Krameria, Johnny Vicious, Rui da Silva, Ralphi Rosario, Jiggy… I mean these are some of my heroes from the 90’s. For me it’s still unreal to have so many wonderful productions. One after the other, really! I’m forever thankful and devoted to these guys.
The way I work or choose lyrics for a certain track differs with every song and/or producer, I guess. Sometimes they send me some music and I try to listen and feel what the music tells me, another time I will send them vocals I recorded either especially for them, or just something I wrote when I was inspired… or, like in Johnny Vicious’ case, this is a story I’ve told many times – I was sitting in his walk-in closet and we just said silly things back and forth… That’s also how “Goosebumps” came about. just talking with Danny and recording it at the same time. Crazy, isn’t it? As I’ve said before, yes, an unbelievable honor and experience to work with all these legendary producers and to know that it is my voice that people listen to and dance to in the clubs or at home, at the gym, at parties etc. Sometimes I get mail from people who tell me, they are really touched by my tracks, who found (their way) back to the music because of me after horrible tragedies, who tell me I’m one of the reasons they even got into DJing or producing in the first place, who are inspired by me etc. this is just the best to hear stories like that from fans. That’s why it’s all worth it no matter if I make money with the music, or if I have many downloads or not.
U: Agreed. I understand completely. It must be wonderful to know that you are the artist on some of the most legendary tracks of all time. That would have me smiling while I was asleep! I mean, to contribute a song to your favorite genre is one thing – and an amazing accomplishment in itself, but to know yours brought happiness to so many people and will go down as one of the best tracks of that moment, I GAG! I know most people will say that they remember ‘Goosebumps’ or ‘Man=Drug‘ first. Out of all the tracks you’ve recorded, which one is your favorite and which mix?
L: My favorite track and mix? I cannot answer that at ALL. (U: PERFECT ANSWER! WHY WE LOVE LULA!). I love every single track I’ve ever made. Maybe for different reasons, but I still love them equally. Like a mother with 16 kids. Maybe I’m not crazy about every mix, I’ve always liked darker, dirtier, ‘dubbier’ mixes, but then again I really do appreciate that DJs produce for different crowds and clubs. That’s good, I believe. I don’t need to only release dark, dark underground just because I like that the most. Why not also make music lovers happy, who have a slightly different taste than me? Certain clubs need a more commercial mix, radio stations need a more commercial mix and big gay parties need a different style, too. Damn, I will never, never NEVER ever forget sitting in a yellow cab at night, driving from my house to a nightclub and on the radio they played Johnny Vicious’ “XTC“. What a feeling…. I mean, really… Claudia from Vienna, on the radio in NYC. Unbef******lievable….
U: Wow, brilliant answer. Of course! Lula, I fucking love talking to you! What about clubbing? Tell us the first time you ever walked into a nightclub and heard that MUSIC! The first time I heard House Music and saw all the freaks (that made me look dull) I knew I was home!
L: First time I went to a club… oh my… I was lucky that my first club was one of the best, darkest most underground places in Europe in the 80’s. I was hooked after the first night. I almost lived there. I slept behind the speaker, went to school in the morning, fell asleep in school….
L: It was the famous U4, where Prince, Sade, Falco, etc. performed. It was dark. Just a dark, crazy crowd… THE BEST sound system, the best DJs (Rauhofer and Makossa) and the most underground music ever, so imagine that!
L: This club set the standard for what I thought a perfect club should be like. Of course the next club where I felt really, really happy was the original Sound Factory, then Twilo. Both places were dark and with the best sound system –
U: State of the art.
L: …the best music and djs. My kind of heaven.
U: Yes, not to knock any other music ever, but I’ve always felt the hippies can have the 60’s… I’m lucky enough to have lived through the inception of the greatest music genres of all time. Punk Rock, Disco, Garage, House, New Wave, Techno, Goth, Hip Hop, I mean our generation invented everything that is fabulous… countless genres. We are legendary! I went to the WORLD and danced with Mick Jones from the Clash – THAT’S FABULOUS! The family of People in my scene here in NYC were the ones who taught Madonna how to Vogue! Geez, Madonna is one of us now that I think about it lol. We ROCK! Amazing time to be alive. Which brings me to my next question: How is the scene in your eyes at the moment?/How do you see the scene 5 years from now?
L: Well, from question 4 to 5… perfect… and sad… what can i say about the clubs in 2012??? Honestly I don’t go out in Vienna, where i have been living for the last 12 years.
U: Really! Why?
L: I can not take it. It’s too horrible and painful. I just cant. The last time I went out in NYC was a disappointment, too.
U: Oh god it’s pathetic now in NY. All of a sudden I was working for all the people I used to turn away at the door to Limelight lol. Now I almost blame myself. Of course it’s awful! The people that run shit now never got IN to the good parties back in the day, how would they know what’s good? In this day and age of information at your fingertips, nobody knows anything at all, it’s mind boggling. Sorry, continue…
L: Well that was maybe 5 years ago…. WTF? The clubs were too bright, it wasn’t about the music anymore, the sound systems were bad…. people were staring and taking pictures of each other… That’s not what I want to experience when I go to a club.
U: I know. I don’t know if I long for a specific moment… What I miss is feeling so passionate about a place or club that I knew was mine. I would pay to get in to support it because it was my secret private Idaho (that I shared with a thousand other nuts lol). I mean the kids today, I kind of get it or them… I worked for Michael Alig for so long in the 90’s that I get the whole ‘being famous for no reason whatsoever’ thing but these kids carry with the whole I am on a reality show thing. YAWN! Now I have to have the best photos on Facebook instead of the best music. It’s pathetic. Lol Thank God I still have good music. At least they like dance oriented music. If I had to play another awful 70 bpm Rap song about expensive champagne or some stupid Get Money bullshit I was gonna quit.
L: Is it better today? I don’t know. I doubt it. I’m pretty sure there are some great clubs in Germany, like Cocoon and Bergain. I have never been there, maybe they still feel like “the underground”. Hopefully I can go there one day to find out. But for the young kids, I’m sure they think all the clubs I don’t like are great and they have fun there. They don’t know any better. The clubs are just so horrible for us, the older generation, who has experienced great clubs like Sound Factory and Twilo.
– Uri Dallal for NYCDJA
I would like to say thank you to KULT Records and I would also like to send a special thank you from the bottom of my heart to the brilliant Lula for such a down to earth hittin’ the nail on the head poignant interview, and for so many DARK SICK HARD DEEP TRACKS that I still play at least once or twice a night every single time I play. Here is my favorite (this year) Lula track: I NEVER give away my DJ secrets so you’d better go and buy this shit right now if you don’t have it – OFF THE METERS!
- Dj Uri Dalal Interview With House Music Legend Johnny Vicious (uritraxx.wordpress.com)