Lucien Foort has developed well over recent years as a producer and DJ. He has a popular progressive & tech house sound that fits well with the likes of John Digweed, Dave Angel or Dave Clarke.

Looking back into the history books, Lucien Foort certainly had a well-educated musical background. His parents insisted that Lucien attend music school at the early age of 9, where he went on to achieve A.M.V. music training. He spent 8 years at music school combined with 5 years saxophone and orchestra education. All this music training certainly set him up to be able to tackle the most complex of musical compositions (and career – DJ’ing in key).

Lucien began djing at the tender age of 14, one Sunday afternoon at a friends house; asked of he liked it, he loved it and progressed from there. Beat Street was the first record Lucien ever bought and he was quickly on his way to spinning some great tunes. Club Carrerra in Rotterdam was the first club Lucien ever played at in 1994, from djing in his hometown to a diary full of dates all around the world.

Lucien took Holland by storm when he released the worldwide hit “Quadrophonia” back in ’89. This was a smash and sent Lucien around the world promoting it to all four corners of the globe. When it comes to production Lucien has remixed for labels such as Bedrock, Positiva, 3 Beat, Cyber recs and React.

Lucien is well known for his Dutch Liquid productions, which were favoured by the likes of Carl Cox, whereas his more progressive productions were under the name Funk Function. The Funk Function productions have been repeatedly licensed for many dj mix CDs, such as Sasha, Nick Warren, Dave Seaman and Seb Fontaine.

One of Lucien’s most famous remixes was for Dirty Vegas “Days Go By”; this track (in it’s original form) is currently on the Nike commercial all through America.
Lucien’s most recent remix was for Trisco “Ultra” on Positiva with plays from many radio dj’s, but most importantly Pete Tong.
2001 – Saw Lucien as a monthly resident for Sheffield based club Gatecrasher. He was selected to play there for his progressive / tech house sound that was a great base for other successful dj’s to take the night onto complete hedonism. 2001 also saw Lucien play the main stage at Dance Valley which is a real honour for and DJ, playing in front of 50,000 out of the 100,000 that attended was as Lucien states “Awesome”. He was also a monthly resident for Dance Valley in Ibiza @ Amnesia playing with the likes of Billy Nasty and Michel De Hey.

This was also the year Lucien really developed his sound and status in Australia. He appeared on the Gatecrasher festivals throughout Australia with headliners Tall Paul, De La Soul and Roni Size, but it was the under dogs that the Aussies really loved and on many an internet message board the following day was he being praised for his style and flair. Lucien was also credited last year for his ability as a DJ, when he was nominated for a Muzik Magazine award for the “Best BBC Radio One Essential Mix” category.

Lucien mixed the Fluid Recordings compilation this year with Evolution, released back in Jan ’02 and licensed all over the world. Very pleased to be requested by Fluid as it has been a label that has delivered great productions that Lucien has been able to use in many a set.

Following on from appearing at many festivals / events in 2001, he was again selected to play at 2002’s Homelands event. He also appeared at GCSSS in the Bedrock arena, finishing at the early hours of 6:00am, he was then chased by many who were in the audience to his car. Keen fans desperate to hear him spin again.

2002 – is time for Lucien to be more studio based and also concentrate on developing himself in America. With constant requests from promoters and dj’s informing him of his demand this cannot be ignored. Vinyl in New York booked for this year with legendary club promoter Mike Bindra, Lucien is still excited and inspired by the industry he works in.

words by Rachel Birchwood-Gordon

Lucien Foort