Chris Lawhorn’s Fugazi Edits

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Indie-rock fans haven’t heard brand-new material from Fugazi since the iconic quartet went on “indefinite hiatus” more than a decade ago. Through its Dischord Records website, the D.C.-based quartet did treat its followers to an amazing digital vault of live recordings in 2011, but that wasn’t enough for one DJ/fan.

Lawhorn’s Fugazi Faves
“Smallpox Champion” from In on the Kill Taker (1993): “Because of the chiming guitars at the end.”

“Long Distance Runner” from Red Medicine (1995): “Because the music matches the themes of the song so well.”

“Do You Like Me” from Red Medicine (1995): “Because it takes such a surprising turn at the outset.”

No, Chris Lawhorn—a sometime spring-break spinner from Fort Wayne, Ind.—had the idea to weave together instrumental passages of certain songs, creating a long-player of reimagined mixes called Fugazi Edits. And with the intention to donate proceeds to a variety of charities, he gained permission to use the song samples from the band itself. (The project is available via iTunes, Amazon and Lawhorn’s site— We caught up with Lawhorn to find out how it all happened.

DJ Times: What’s your DJ background?

Lawhorn: I’d been putting out rock and punk albums on my own label—Case/Martingale—since 1996. Then, I started DJing on South Padre Island in Texas for a spring-break company in 2004. In 2008, I started an 18-month stint as the resident DJ at Marie Claire magazine. When that wrapped, I started work on Fugazi Edits.

DJ Times: What did “resident-DJ” gig for Marie Claire entail?

Lawhorn: I overhauled the playlist section of their site and wrote a recurring column about music. I do the same the same now for Shape and The Huffington Post.

DJ Times: What makes a good spring-break DJ? What’s your set-up?

Lawhorn: I use [Native Instruments] Traktor. Spring-break DJing isn’t exceptionally complicated. You play hits and try to make sure no one pours beer on your setup.

DJ Times: So, how does a spring-break DJ come to remixing Fugazi?

Lawhorn: When I’d first launched my label, I’d been playing drums for a punk band—Cata
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