Who is the neighbourhood character?
As an enthusiastic student of music, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist, and DJ, Ari Robey-Lawrence a.k.a The Neighbourhood Character has collaborated with a range of artists and performers across the EU, UK, and US. Spinning a range of genres, from driving house of past & present, to broken-beat, disco and electro; and soulful and ethereal techno sounds, Ari is currently active in Berlin‘s music scene, playing at a range of local events & spaces including Gegen Berlin (Kit-Kat Club), Tresor’s Globus and +4Bar, Hoppetosse, Schwuz, Crate Diggers Berlin (Prince Charles), and Menschmeier, opening for artists such as Volcov, Lakuti, Tama Sumo, Lars Bartkuhn, and Paul Johnson, among others. Since 2015, the Neighbourhood Character has performed regularly at Freerotation Festival (Wales, UK) alongside Aybee & Afrikan Sciences, and, with Afrikan Sciences as Old Shady Grady and the Neighbourhood Character (OSGATNC). Their Tales from Caturday EP was released in 2015 by Uzuri Recordings, followed by their Tangle Transmogrifier EP on Jordan GCZ’s Off Minor Recordings. In addition to pursuing interventionist research around politics and praxes of marginalised electronic producers as a Goldsmiths Ph.D candidate, The Neighbourhood Character hosted a program on Berlin Community Radio where she participated in the first cycle of INCUBATOR, is a resident DJ and program coordinator/ core organiser at Raumerweiterungshalle since 2013, and acts as a core member of the newly-launched wood // work collective, which released their first full-length album, IYAPO, in November 2017. Her solo debut, Street Food LP, is forthcoming.