Co-creator of the Berlin-based label Rise, Floyd Lavine is playing his part in providing a platform for African-inspired artists as well as contributing with his own lauded output of Afro-rooted deep house. Since leaving his home of South Africa, the DJ and producer honed his skills simultaneously at the University of Westminster and London’s underground clubs with his Nomadiq label and parties, and then went on to hit Cape Town and Berlin, moving in circles frequented by the likes of Jef K, David Meyer, Henrik Schwarz, and Black Coffee. Well-acquainted with Berlin institutions such as Watergate, Berghain, and Sisyphos, Lavine sits at the heart of Europe’s electronic music scene.
Being new to Berlin and relocating to Europe, I played around 58 gigs last year, which is roughly about four gigs per month.
I’m constantly flying high in the sky with my morning meditation—Jah man (joking). Last year I took roughly 30 flights and this year so far it’s been about 18 or 20.
I usually take my music with me. I play with USB and some vinyl—it depends on the set up in the club. I also take my laptop to work on ideas whilst travelling. And my dancing shoes, I can’t forget my dancing shoes.
Traveling means the world to me; to travel and connect with people from another part of the world, to see how they live, to experience their culture, the food, the music, the energy and also the humanity we all share. It’s humbling for me to travel and makes me appreciate the gift of life.
I miss my coffee and my pet rabbit. I think my girlfriend will not be happy to hear this—haha. Being serious; when I’m travelling I would sometimes like to share it with someone and I think that would make it extra special, but apart from that I miss my loved ones and my friends or I wish they were with me.
I think I’m slowly learning that I have to take care of my body and mental state. But a good book also helps; just to read something while waiting at the airport. And also I feel very lucky and blessed to get to travel and see different places and meet new people. This helps me keep the balance.
Crazy stories, haha. I think it’s best for everyone I keep that covered. Let’s just say I love a good, crazy party. I think if you’ve had the chance to be on the road with me you’ll know that anything can happen. The best story is sharing music and experiences with the people I meet on my travels.