INPUT | Lee Foss, Mosca, T. Williams, French Fries and Bryan Cosgrove
74 Wythe Avenue
New York, NY, 11211
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Few DJs have made such a dramatic impact on the underground house and techno scene over the last two years as Hot Creations label owner Lee Foss. Described by DJ Mag as "one of the most talented new forces in modern dance music today" and by fellow future house innovators Art Department as their favourite producer, Lee has quickly catapulted himself into dance music's collective consciousness. Lee and his Hot Natured partner Jamie Jones currently spearhead a whole family of like-minded producers that includes Robert James, Russ Yallop, Richy Ahmed and most recently Danny Daze who are currently re-writing the rulebook of how to make evocative and emotive house music.
Born and raised in Chicago, the birthplace of house, Lee now lives between London and Los Angels. Lee made his name on both sides of the Atlantic playing at clubs like The Standard Rooftop (Lost Angeles), fabric (London), The Marcy Hotel (Brooklyn), Watergate (Berlin), Spybar (Chicago) and DC10 (Ibiza). Lee's rapid rise to prominence has been as much down to his unified but all-encompassing approach to DJing as it has to his pioneering take nu school house and synth-heavy techno, backed up by a string of hit releases on labels like No 19, Culprit, Wolf+Lamb and his own Hot Creations imprint. His unique sound, born out a lifelong love of classic house, 90s hip hop, 80s electro and Detroit techno, combined with fanatical grassroots support from clubbers in both Europe and North America, made him the highest new entrant in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs poll last December, coming in at number 36.
While growing up in Chicago, Lee cut his teeth on the clubs and raves of the late 90's, which sparked his interest in house and disco. However, it was a chance visit to Ibiza back in 2001, that changed his whole approach to music that helped steer his musical destiny for the next decade and beyond. It was in Ibiza that summer that he first became friends with Jamie Jones and the pair quickly formed a tight brotherly bond that has recently blossomed into their highly acclaimed Hot Natured partnership. Having spent several years abroad, and heavily inspired by time spent at seminal electro and deep house parties in Ibiza and East London, Lee decided to take all that he'd learnt in Europe and export it back to the USA.
After cutting his teeth in the competitive Chicago dj scene for the better part of a decade, Lee chose to uproot and set up in Los Angeles. Lee decided to work on music full time and soon fell in with Droog who were just setting up Culprit Records which became a platform for his early releases like 'h.e.a.d.s EP' in partnership with Jamie Jones. His bold move to Los Angeles soon started paid off as it helped draw international attention to both his DJing and production work. His real break through came with the release of 'Grinding' on Wolf+Lamb, a track that was picked up and played by DJs right across the spectrum of dance music.
Since then Lee has gone on to release a string of hits on a variety of labels including 'The Edge EP' 'Equilibrium', 'U Got Me' and most recently his 'Starfruit EP', all of which have been independently awarded 'Tune of the Month' in Mixmag at various points over the last year. In addition DJ Magazine voted 'U Got Me' as their number 4 favourite record of 2010, having already featured it in their 'Stone Cold Killers' section earlier in the year.
With this many accolades under his belt in such a short space of time, it would be easy for Lee to rest on his laurels but this couldn't be farther from the case. He's just about to unleash 'Forward Motion' his latest Hot Natured production with Jamie Jones, which was one of the breakout records of Miami this year and is shaping up to be one of the summer's biggest hits. In addition to this he's currently in the studio with Jamie Jones and 'Forward Motion' vocalist Ali Love putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming Hot Natured debut album, which he's producing alongside his own debut artist album due out later this year. With plans to turn Hot Natured into a fully formed live act and tour it globally in 2012, this is already shaping up to be a career-defining year for Lee Foss.
We’ve all read enough artist biographies by now. This is just a little intro to the music I make, the trax I run, and a bit about me.
Long story short, I mostly make and play underground house and techno. I came up on the standard diet of hiphop, jungle, rock and indie, as well as lots of dub reggae, dancehall and world music, so I’ve got as many influences as anyone else I guess. But it took me a while to figure out what it was about music I love, and really it’s just a certain vibe… The shit that grabs me most has always been dark but still sexy, it’s deep and emotional but with energy, it’s dissonant and experimental and raw but still made for the club, and above all it’s got endless groove, it rolls… the direction is always >>>
So that’s what I aim for when I’m making tunes or digging for them. I’m a producer first – as in I started producing before I started to DJ – but to be honest I can’t really say one or the other is more important to me. I love other people’s music too much to ever just play my own trax. But I also love producing, struggling to make that mythical perfect tune, you know? I know it’ll probably never happen but that’s some kinda guiding light for me. I know I don’t put out enough tunes, sorry about that… I’m working on it though. Even after all these years of producing I still feel like the new kid though, I’m still learning about music, and to be honest I hope that never changes.
One other thing to mention – I have a two hour show on BBC Radio 1 where I get in the mix and also bring in some friends and heroes in for guest mixes. This is probably the best way to understand what I’ve been talking about here…
But anyway I could bang on about music all day so best to stop here. Thanks for reading.
There's something to be said for getting noticed, for standing out from the crowd. Standing out for the right reasons though isn't always the case. London's T.Williams is one of those 'right' cases, having accomplished a full sweep of merited recognition over the last couple of years. Emerging onto the house scene in 2010 via Tom Lea's Local Action imprint, T.Williams instantly marked himself as a breakthrough artist with a difference; his unique take on house music turning heads.
Whilst he may appear new to the house scene, Tesfa Williams is far from a newcomer to music with a decade of experience behind him in the grime scene as Dread.D. Signed at the tender age of 17 to Jon E Cash's Black Op's with 'Invasion', Williams went on to have mass success in the grime and bass world selling thousands of singles worldwide. After a five year reign, Williams found himself veering towards the world of house music. With a new found love of house and its sub-genres, T.Williams has since forged a sound signature that blends his grime days, dubstep, bass music and the evolution into house. With a style that undoubtedly impacts, T.Williams' crossover sound has been the catalyst for his success. Not only rife with groove and feeling but meticulously produced and engineered, deep rumbling bass lines collide with the aggressive bounce of dubstep, house vocals bleed through intricate percussion work and calypso swing and African undertones ricochet off hard edged dub.
Whilst 2010 yielded the industry to sit up and take notice with productions such as the hit record 'Heartbeat' featuring vocalist Terri Walker played extensively worldwide and reaching no.2 as iTunes best dance tracks of the year, it was throughout 2011 that T.Williams defined himself as one of the most successful breakthrough artists to be seen of late. Releasing solo works on his own Deep Teknologi imprint, Local Action and Pattern, Williams' remixes for Maya Jane Coles, Ben Westbeech and Skream were also received with high regard. Not stopping at pricking the ears of fellow artists and those of the dancefloor, the end of 2011 saw T.Williams nominated as 'Best Breakthrough DJ' by DJ Mag, named as one of the 'DJ Stars of 2012' by Time Out and picked by The Guardian for his Fact Magazine mix as one of their favourites of the year.
In 2012 two new relationships then came to the fore that propelled Tesfa to greater heights. Firstly, a weekly show on the legendary (and now fully legal) London FM radio station, Rinse FM, that has featured the likes of Jessie Ware, Soul Clap, Luke Solomon, Dusky and Duke Dumont guest; culminating in T mixing Rinse 21, one of the most vital of the renowned mix series yet.
Secondly, Tesfa's relationship with one the hottest labels of the moment, PMR – home to Jessie Ware, Disclosure and Julio Bashmore – began, via his remix of Javeon McCarthy's "Lost Time". The remix was made Record of the Week by BBC Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw, and also picked up plays from Annie Mac, Jaymo & Andy George and Fearne Cotton. From here the relationship blossomed, Tesfa signing to the label exclusively and releasing his debut EP for the label, "Pain & Love" in September 2012, and in the process picking up another ROTW from Grimshaw, and this time plays from 7 different Radio 1 DJs. From their further remixes of major label talent such as Trey Songz, Ximena Sarinana and Lianne La Havas followed, as well as his biggest to date, of "Latch" by Disclosure, which was the 3rd hottest track on Soundcloud, receiving just shy of 100,000 plays.
With a follow up EP, debut album and global touring set for 2013, it would seem that the next 12 months will see T.Williams propelled to yet further heights.
Resident DJ at La Favela Chic at 14 with a first release at the age of 16, he's now legal and, just like his Inca ancestors, he turns everything he touches into gold. This kid who has been brought up with Latin music has been blessed early on, which is the only explanation for his genius. At just 18, he earns unanimous support with the ARMA E.P. which was playlisted all over the world before it was even released, from Sinden to Crookers, Brodinski and A-trak. Breaktrough artist of the 2010 WMC without even crossing the ocean, his track Senta was a big hit and made its way into every artist's set under the Miami sun. French Fries is not greedy and lends his talent for remixes where experiments turn the good into great, whether it's for Pony Pony Run Run, We Have Band, Bart-B More, Crystal Fighters or Logo (Kitsune).. The frenzy of his youth and his flawless technique will make you smile, raise your arms and tap your feet.
Are you going through withdrawal? That's normal, the sunshine dealer won't let you suffer too long. Check the weather channel, his E.P.s are as scarce as a meteor shower and that's why you love him.
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