He has also organised a wide range of events, and DJ’d all over the world - from Brazil to Siberia (where he was the first western DJ to play in Yakutsk in 1996). Respected by artists and Big Chillers alike, The Big Chill has worked with over two thousand artists, building to its current capacity of 35,000 and has played a major part in giving early bookings to such names as Lily Allen, Goldfrapp, Talvin Singh, Amy Winehouse, Gotan Project, Hexstatic, Röyksopp, Zero 7, Lemon Jelly, Kinobe and Fila Brazillia. As a compiler, Pete Lawrence’s first mix album ‘Eyelid Movies’ (Global Headz 1996) now a sought-after collectors item, was Mixmag’s album of the month and described by Melody Maker as “an album that brings the sunshine inside your head”. He followed this with ‘Pipedreams’ (Rumour 1997), Enchanted 01 (Big Chill, 1999 - working with long-time Big Chill collaborator Tom Middleton), The Rough Guide To Global Dance, the summer soundscape ' Beach' and 'Enchanted 02' (both Oct 2000), 'Glisten' (Sept 2001), the acclaimed ‘The Big Chill Loves You’ set (July 2002) and the ‘iChill’ compilation (Summer 2003). Universal Records released a CD to mark The Big Chill’s 10th birthday in Feb 2004 entitled ‘Big Chill Classics’, and since then Pete has also released ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘The Big Chill’ (Resist) as well as the folk infused ‘Garden Of Delights’ for Sanctuary. Pete also records under the name of Chilled By Nature and has just released his first album ‘Under One Sun’ on Big Chill Recordings.
The album features a number of live guests, including The Swingle Singers, and Mozez of Zero 7 fame, who collaborated with Pete on a brand new track, ‘State Of Grace’. The album has been in progress since The Big Chill's inception in the mid 90s, though Pete has been kept busy with all things Big Chill, so his music-making has certainly been a labour of love when he's been able to prioritise it. "This approach has certainly had its benefits", suggest Pete, "in that it's given time for the tracks to evolve naturally and draw on a wide variety of influences from certain time periods, ensuring that the end result shouldn't be tied to any short-term vagaries of fashion. My aim is to make timeless music that will still sound good in 30 years. Pete is also a writer and radio DJ.
His latest writing is featured in the book ‘Crossfade - a Big Chill Anthology’ (Serpents Tail) and he has a weekly radio show on Chill DAB every Monday 8pm. He made his Radio 2 debut on August Bank Holiday 2006 with a two hour chill out show. London’s Time Out magazine recently described him as "chief eskimo of kingdom chill." Others have described him as Godfather to a whole chilled movement. Pete’s love of music extends across many styles and genres and his latest venture - 'Fab Gear', a double CD of classic late 60s Summer Of Love hits and rarities for Universal - takes him into exciting new territory and proves the vibrance and relevance of that sound 40 years on.
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