DSD grabs some disco downtime with this week’s glorious guest DJ the lovely Lee Harris and talks podcasts, tunes and those Brighton hills.
So what have you been up since you last played at Brighton’s Ohso Social Bar? Had a good summer so far? It’s been a great summer so far, especially with the weather, let’s hope it continues for my set next week, as last summer was a big UK washout for clubland! I played the As One festival, warming up for Rita Ora and the main Fire party, plus my usual sets in London at Society and Brighton and Portsmouth are always packed and the crowd are great.
What festival / gig action are you up to this for the rest of the summer? I have lots planned for Brighton Pride, I’m playing on the main stage with the acts in the park alongside Alex Baker. I’m looking forward to MKS and Alison Moyet and warming up the crowd for the acts on stage! In the evening I’m at Revenge and Legends, plus some other events later in the year and next year which are in the process including some Ozzie action.. Looking good!
Any other forthcoming remix action on its way? I’ve just remixed Luciana for her single ‘U B The Bass’ which made the Australian dance charts, plus my new remix for ‘Cool like daddy’ remixing ‘strut you funky stuff’ will be on iTunes and Beatport in August
Your podcasts are hugely successful – what do you feel is the secret to delivering such a popular podcast? HouseNation UK has been running since 2006, I was one of the first London Dj’s to start a podcast, and it’s grew from there, even with the current number of DJ’s around at the moment I’m still getting 100,000 downloads an episode and downloaded from all corners of the world, keeping a fresh vibe about it and including all types of house music in one set (a whole club night in 80 mins), one of the big themes I have is the mashup mixes, I’ve had bookings just off these mixes and people always look forward to the special episodes I make, as well as catching up with the latest tracks mixed in with remixes of classic tunes.
DSD has a special place in your heart because? It was my first gig in such a different setting, as the crowd mixed with the sunset and beats, plus having people I know around me dancing is very special.. And AJ is a great promoter who really puts pride in his work with the artwork and scenes. Clubland is fierce competition at the moment, so it’s great to see promoters putting effort into the nights.
What can we expect from your DSD set? I’ll be giving you sunbaked beats, with warms vocals, into tribal and mashed up terrace action
House music is a feeling. Discuss. It gives you memories, it gives you moments, it gives you a feeling that everybody is there for the same reason, to come together and shake
We all love Brighton – but if you could add one more thing to the city to make it even finer what would it be and why? It’s toooo perfect, although I’d like it to not have so many hills around my friends houses, being drunk and trying to walk up the street after a messy night is hard work haha!
If you were onboard the international space station right now which song would you perform and beam back to earth? Massive Attack – Unfinished Symphony
Dirty or disco? Dirty, as Disco is always there, Dirty is for special moments
Sunset or sunrise? Sunrise, as I see it the most, and that’s the best time to reflect on what the things you got up to the night before.
Catch Lee Harris at DSD this Friday 26th July at Ohso Social Bar. 9pm-2am.