Welcome to the home site for Minneapolis based dj, producer, and event coordinator, Nate Laurence.
Aliases: Laurence, Dj Unity, Rocco Docko
Groups: Scrubfish & Laurence, Scrubfish 'N Laurence, Rhythm Renewal
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Owner: Pluralistic Records
Resident: First Avenue Nightclub, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Label Affiliations: Pluralistic Records, InStereo Recordings, Spatula City Records, Flapjack Records, Love Network, Guesthouse Music, Mindtravel Recordings, Onethirty Recordings, Control Recordings, Funkfield Recordings, Maracuja Records, Guess Who Recordings, Tight Recordings, Union Recordings, Junky Trunk Records, Serial Sickness, Flatpack Traxx, Twisted Minds Records, Meltin Funk Records, Funk Mansion Recordings, Delta Blue Records.
If persistence and passion is a recipe for success, Nate Laurence (Minneapolis, MN, USA) characterizes the journey. Nate is, of course, the quadruple threat: veteran DJ since 1994, prolific producer, event-coordinator, and label owner.
Nate has always been a DJ first. Once known as DJ Unity – a patron of former Minneapolis RAVE troupe “UNIK Communications” – Nate has labored for his place in house music. A career that developed over the course of a decade – largely behind the scenes – has now become impossible to ignore. Amid absurd energy behind the decks – layered with dexterous turntablism – Nate impresses even the most cynical critics one at a time “leaving wows in his wake.” Today, Nate remains active with gigs reaching as far as Europe, Southern Africa, and throughout the United States. Though national and international bookings keep him busy, in 2009 Nate fulfilled an enduring aspiration and true privilege by becoming a resident DJ at the legendary First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis.
After living in his second home of Cape Town, South Africa in 2001, Nate focused on production. Since then, his discog has grown at a reputable pace. With rookie releases on Flatpack Traxx, Funkfield, and Control Recordings, Nate proved his aptitude as a gifted producer. His distinct tech-meets-Chicago house production style has continued to mature, signing EPs with Spatula City, Guesthouse, Love Network, Onethirty, Mindtravel, and Flapjack Records to name but a few. He has also provided remixes for some of the biggest names in EDM: DJ Dan, Inland Knights, Chuck Love, Bryan Jones, and many others. In 2007, Nate partnered with Chicago-based beatmaker, Scrubfish (Scott Kammer) and together they continue to reach Top100 lists worldwide while each new release continues to outshine subsequent releases.
In 2008 Nate created “HotDish.” HotDish is both a collaborative of DJs (Nate and good friend J Matthews) and an event crew that has become an illustrious house movement in Minneapolis. Finally, in 2011 Nate began a new philanthropic record label, Pluralistic Records. Pluralistic Records releases distinct and unique tracks that cross the boundaries between Chicago, Detroit, disco house, and tech house...or simply, house.
Notably, Nate (the academic) is also a Social Justice advocate, activist, and educator working at the University of Minnesota. This part of him is infused in his music, his branding, and all that he works to accomplish. Keep your eyes open for this talented and very different househead - who continues to give his all to keep the music fresh and far-reaching.
"Nate's production is off the hook! I'm always keeping an eye out for new talent and when I heard his collaborations with Scrubfish I was completely sold and knew I needed him to remix some tracks off my album. His productions always get a strong reaction on the dancefloor." - DJ Dan, Los Angeles USA (In Stereo, Moonshine, Kinetic, Warner Bros)
"Some of the funkiest tunes I've heard from an artist in a long, long time. I don't know how he packs so much GROOVE into his productions but I can't help but move every time I hear them! Keep an eye out for this one - he's a winner!" - Ricardo Rae, Melbourne Australia (Aroma, Guesthouse, Tango, Control, SoSound)
"Ever since Nate first started sending me tunes, I've been asking him if they are available and signing as many as I can for my labels. I want to get as much now as I can because I know once other labels catch wind of his productions, he will be very busy. The releases he did for my label Control have been killin' it on the dancefloor time and time again." - Bryan Jones, Chicago USA (Control, OM, Fetish, iRecords, Ministry of Sound)
"Nate Laurence.....huge muscles, supreme physique, stunningly good looking, and he also djs! Nate works great in all situations from brisks to bar mitzvahs and also spreads easily on toast. I recommend him with a side of Scrubfish for all around jackin good times on the dance floor. Together they are the Wayne & Garth of new school house; definitely to be worldwide phenomenons soon and at least get two movie deals out of this whole thing. Nate Laurence, party time, excellent." - The Sound Republic (Spatula City, Guesthouse, Aroma, Control, Dae)
"When Nate and his collabs caught my ear in 2006, I saved the URL in C:...Documents and Settings...cc...Desktop...new_hot_shit_myspace (a very lonely folder mind you)! Since then, I've watched him continue to perfect his sound (a unique take on something I already love) and turn into a MONSTER jack producer. If you're into soulful, bangin-ass house and aren't already playing his stuff - that tells me you haven't heard his music. Do not sleep." - Carson Carr / Busy / Real Time Hand Motion, Nashville USA (Jackin' Tracks, Oomph, Spatula City, Lingo)