The Security Blunder That Landed Deeper Purpose an Egg London Residency

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The Security Blunder That Landed Deeper Purpose an Egg London Residency

Sometimes an artist's journey includes a moment of inexplicable fate. Perhaps it's a chance encounter with a legendary producer or a treasure trove of inherited records. For DJ and producer Deeper Purpose, it was when security apprehended him at a club in London.

The British tech house DJ was out clubbing with some friends after finishing a set of his own earlier that night. They were at Egg London, a warehouse-style club licensed to host 24-hour dance parties. It was 4:00 in the morning. Ever the responsible raver, Deeper Purpose (real name Stephen Galloway) handed his buddies a bag of disposable earplugs on the dancefloor. Moments later, he was whisked away by Egg London staff and toted upstairs.

“I got grabbed by members of security, taken upstairs into the office, and searched because they thought I had narcotics on me,” he said in a Spotlight interview with Gray Area earlier this year. “They searched me and found nothing. The manager said, ‘I’m so sorry I’ve ruined your night, how can I repay you?’ I was like, ‘Well, you can give me a set.’”

The manager of Egg agreed, offering Deeper Purpose an unpaid gig in one of the smaller rooms in the club's upstairs. “He gave me a good set slot time to be fair,” he said. “It was, like, 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM. Right when I got on, there was no one in the room. By the end of my set, the room was packed.”

That one-off gig earned Deeper Purpose a job regularly hosting a room at the club. Eventually, he also began playing direct support for touring DJs there. “It all sort of happened organically. It just came together,” he said. “That's when I sort of wiped that polish off and finessed what I'd already learned along the way.”

After making a name for himself with his residencies at Egg London and XOYO, Deeper Purpose has now become a familiar face at US festivals like CRSSD and EDC Las Vegas.

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