DJs don’t sit down very often, but we managed to get DJ and promoter, Lee Fredericks in the 10 questions chair. Lee is a massive part of the dance scene and still has a buzz for it after nearly 30 years in the mix.
1. What got you into DJing?
I first got the bug organizing a school disco as part of a business studies project. To save money I put myself down to Dj at it. This was 1988. From there on in it was just the passion for music and the excitement and explosion of rave music and culture that propelled me from there.
2. Who was the first DJ you saw live?
I have a lot of fond memories of local DJs in that 1989 – 1990 period where I’d just left school – like Jacko in regimes phase 2, Daz Willott at Shelleys, Pete, Tes & Justin at Introspective and Nick Sheldon playing loads of little parties as I was friends with his brother and we’d tag along with him so I guess they were the first guys I saw do proper DJ sets. Some great memories.
3. what was the first record you bought?
First record I had bought for me was Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes but the first one I went to a shop to buy was the Breakdance the movie soundtrack. I had a copy of electro 5 on a tape but it had more hiss on it than 808 lol.
4. Who would you say is the best DJ performance wise?
That’s a tough question to answer as there’s so many factors to consider within a performance. Obviously the main factor is music selection. Energy behind the decks and technical ability are important also and musical knowledge with an instinct of what will work the dancefloor without too much of a compromise to your musical style. There’s too many to choose from, particularly as genres differ so much but with house music I’d have to say Roger Sanchez takes some beating in my opinion.
5. Where was the first DJ gig you played?
Are we counting my school disco? Lol. I warmed up a handful of times for half an hour when I worked at Harpers in Hanley as a glass collector while the DJ had a pint and chat with the manager playing records I liked out of his box and once at Shelleys on a Saturday when Daz Willott was half an hour late and I had his records from Entropy the night before but my first proper gigs playing my own records would have been New Dawn at The Gallery in Newcastle 1993.
6. What is the best lyric you have ever heard?
Most soulful music lyrics are about love and positivity which is my domain really but as for meaningful lyrics, it’s usually music telling a story. I’m sure everyone says Bowie and I’d have to agree to an extent although someone like mike skinner from the streets certainly made an impact with the naughties generation. If I had to pick a song for incredibly powerful and meaningful lyrics I’m going with Mele Mel on The Messsge by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5.
7. Who came up with the name ‘MOVE’ and why?
My long term friend and Move Magazine collaborator Sandra. She picked it out of the blue! No rhyme or reason behind it.
8. What song do you wish you had remixed?
Difficult question again. The best records are usually ones that don’t need remixing or shouldn’t be touched lol. I have a soft spot for Hot Natured – Benediction, there’s aspects of that I’d like to change so I’ll choose that.
9. What venue would you like to perform in?
I think most iconic venues that resonate with me no longer exist so that’s a tough question too. I guess if I had to choose somewhere currently operational I’d pick one of the legendary ibiza nightspots. I’m not one for a big main room though so I’d go with something a bit more laid back like the Pacha roof terrace or Cafe Mambo.
10. What DJ would you like to book in Stoke and where would you put them?
There’s not many that haven’t already played here in the last 30 years believe it or not. There’s a few left on my list but if I had to say one I’d go with Kerri Chandler. Where? Wherever he wanted! 😉
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