Although not a Legend, Lee is from Medway, and has been collecting records from a very young age, hanging around his local record shop (Barnaby Records, Gillingham) every day after school, Saturdays and school holidays, doing odd jobs in return for vinyl rewards, in addition to digging around in second hand record shops and charity shops. This progressed on to Saturday excursions through London record shops. The collection is still growing.
Although Lee wears several hats from the musical genre wardrobe, his main drive is anything ClubSoul/RnB/HammondJazz/LatinBoogaloo derived, along with the raw Medway sound. Born in All Saints Hospital in ’74, he grew up in the surroundings of Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium, just missing out on the early days of the Medway ‘scene’, but born in to the Modernist world by his parents and older brothers (namely The Jam, The Who and Motown), and his Mum’s legendary Gillingham based youth club, which attracted many faces from the Medway Modernist and Scooter scene during its run between 1982-88.
DJing started at private parties from the age of 16, with guest slots also at Churchills and Queen Charlotte, but following a completed apprenticeship at GEC Avionics, Rochester, it was time to relocate in his VW camper to Newquay, Cornwall where Lee has settled since ’94. Many of the early weekends were actually spent back in Gillingham, as a base for various gig attending, including The Prisoners, Thee Headcoats/ees, Goodchilde, JTQ, Now!, End of the Beginning, The Clique and Beastie Boys, among others.
Between 2000-2015, Lee ran a regular club night with his brother, mainly in Newquay, Cornwall, widely known as Club Peel, tailor made to the lovers of Hammond Jazz, Northern Soul, Funk, Latin, Exotica, Soundtracks, R&B and 60s/70s Soul. They also ran the POW! club night, which saw Medway Magic fused with Indie, Alternative, Punk, Mod Revival and Brit Pop. Club running and DJing has also included promoting bands to the South West, with Big Boss Man being a regular, as well as localised bands.
Throughout his musical purveying career, Lee has been honoured to play at Looe Music Festival, The Vintage Festival at Southbank, Boardmasters Festival, Blow Up, Eden Project as well as supporting various touring bands/performers mainly in the South West.
In addition to DJing, Lee currently presents a weekly radio show (Wednesday’s 6-8pm), The Spinout Show, on online NCB Radio, with his co-host and partner in musical crime (Little Miss) Mojo, as The Speilers, they throw out musical wonders, giving you a vinyl stew with an eclectic blend, but frothing with Soul, Funk, R&B, Jazz & Exotic Delights! This will always include a fine selection of Medway Magic, wether old or new (send us your work for online air play!). Lee and Little Miss Mojo also perform as a DJ/PA collaboration.
Lee says he is looking forward to the Medway Legends weekender!
Current shakers: –
Dirty Water – Billy Larkin
It Ain’t What You Got – Jimmy Hughes
Hit The Bongo – Tito Puente
As I Look – The Rebel Rousers
African Boo-Ga-Loo – Jackie Lee