Monday, May 11th / by: Angela Verish
Described by DJ Mag as “one of the most talented new forces in modern dance music today” and proclaimed as Art Department’s favorite producer, Lee Foss is an innovator in the dance music scene and is only making bigger strides by creating new and original sounds drawing from house, soul, and funk that will be sure to get your booty moving.
Co-founder and owner of record label, Hot Creations, Lee Foss fell in love with the dance music scene after checking out the Chicago rave and club scene in the late 90s. His love for house and disco only grew as he traveled through Europe and Ibiza, meeting Jaime Jones along the way where they would later join forces as Hot Natured. From there, he’s only submersed himself deeper into the world of house music, releasing music on a variety of labels with hits such as the “Starfruit EP”, “B5 the Dinks”, and “U Got Me.”
Repping his Bull’s jersey with pride, Lee delivered a pumping set to the Spybar crowd this past Saturday, May 9th, indicative of Hot Creations’ soulful sound. Wanting to know more about what this inspirational innovator of sound has lined up for the future, we were extremely lucky to chat with him about just some of the many things that are going on in his successful career.
Spybar: With your hectic touring schedule this spring into summer, are there any venues that you’re excited to play for the first time or anywhere you’re looking forward to returning to?
Lee Foss: Well it goes without saying I’m looking forward to returning to Spybar, I love coming home to Chicago and I feel especially appreciated at Spy both by the clubbers and the staff.
It does kind of make me feel like a hometown hero. I’m headed back to Tokyo to Womb July 10th and also to do a hip hop after party set. Tokyo is just a wild, weird and different place with crazy style and fashion I can’t help but be stoked about it.
As far as festivals in late spring/early summer Movement, Wearefstvl, and Parklife are always amazing gigs to come back to.
As far as first time gigs, I have my first Vegas gig at SLS with Pete Tong Friday June 26th… It’ll be my first time ever even visiting Las Vegas, I always just felt like it was a place that just wasn’t my speed, but things seem to be changing there and I know it has a lot of potential and I’d love to make it a place that had a stronger quality music scene.
I just got back from my first gigs in Africa, in South Africa and Kenya which were just crazy inspiring places to visit. Hopefully will be headed back early next year.
This Memorial Day Weekend you’re making your return to Movement Electronic Music Festival. What’s your favorite thing about Movement and how is it different from other festivals? Can we catch you at any Movement after parties this year?
I mean Movement is just head and shoulders the best American electronic music festival, and right there with Coachella as the best festival overall, they’re just very different from each other. It’s different to other festivals because of its complete and wholesale commitment to music quality above all other priorities including profit. I’ve been headed to Detroit every year for a decade now for DEMF or Movement. First as a clubber and in the last few years as a participant… It took so long to break in there that to finally play as Hot Natured in 2012 and as myself last year felt like a huge honor.
I really feel humbled that I’ve been invited back to play for the second year in a row which I know they never really do. To top that off yeah, Movement is allowing me to play two awesome after parties, which I know is rare that they do for acts playing the festival.
Sunday night I’ll be playing at City Club with the Visionquest guys and Art Department guys for Dino G/Paradigm in the Visionquest room. Will be so great to get in to town Sunday and play with all the homies.
Monday night I’ll be playing the official movement after party with Gorgon City, MK, and Kidnap Kid.
We know you recently remixed Fearing Love by Serge Devant. What else we can expect coming out of the studio in the near future?
I’m wrapping some new Lee Foss Ep’s and have a couple new Hot Natured records and some new Pleasure State coming out soon… some more remixes coming as well, and launching a new label/clothing brand called Repopulate Mars… [Editor’s note: Is that all?!]
You always make a point to rep your Chicago pride with your Bulls jerseys and hats. How does it feel to be back with home court advantage playing at the legendary Spybar Chicago?
Being From Chicago is very important to me, I never want to lose that in my identity, it made me who I am and I’ll never change. I think it’s nice to connect with the crowd with the Chicago gear, especially since it’s the playoffs :-)…
I do feel a home court advantage when I play at Spybar, it’s such a great room full of great people who support me.
I played basketball in high school and ran track at UIC so athletics have always played a big part in my life and following the Bulls is probably my biggest hobby.
You help operate the label Hot Creations, so tell us – what’s the hottest, most delicious creation you’ve ever made in the kitchen?
Well last night I made minted cauliflower couscous with walnut, passion fruit, and celery salsa with a lemon dill cedar planked salmon with a ginger/soy asparagus cream sauce, and colored carrots with oyster mushrooms in a white wine reduction. That was pretty good, but too many things to list, I like to cook.
Sadly, Lee Foss hasn’t opened up a new restaurant (yet), but you can check him out online on: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // SoundCloud // Resident Advisor // Beatport
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