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 and his parter Jamie Jones. Playing together now, they have labelled themselves as the unique duo Hot Natured.
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 favorite 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.
Jamie Jones has achieved in the space of a few short years what many producers try for a lifetime. Turning his hand to a variety of styles while still maintaining a strong signature sound, Jones has created an admired musical identity and a loyal global following. One of Techno’s rising stars, Jamie Jones is part of a new guard of House and Techno DJs, who resonate as artists, party people, DJs, and Live Acts. Raised in Wales (which most people don’t hold against him…), Jamie’s university days in London helped launch his infatuation with club culture that would bring him to Ibiza during the Summers.
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. Ultimately relationships forged and those island summers helped Jamie become an integral cog in thriving music scenes in Ibiza and later East London, where Jones’s bustling DJscandance warehouse parties and regular gigs at Fabric helped him make his mark in London during his Winters. During the Summer, gigs and residencies like the Space Terrace, Manumission’s Music Box Room, and later DC10 (a club he frequented as a one of the first regulars in his early days on the island) helped him gain a foothold in the Ibiza Scene while defining a sound that was uniquely, electronic, soulful, and bouncy, with a consistent groove. During one of these summers in Ibiza, he played his creation Amazon, to Freak n’ Chic boss Dan Ghenacia who signed it on the spot.
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.
Jamie Jones's "Amazon", when released, was well received and immediately drew Jones favorable comparisons to luminaries like Mathew Jonson and Carl Craig, and went on to become the label's biggest selling record. Jamie followed that standout release with recordings on leading labels like Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Cocoon, Poker Flat, and far too many more to mention. Consistent to his production quality are low wobbly basslines, dissonant and hypnotic keyboard lines, crisp snares, and the aforementioned steady groove. Since then, Jamie’s relationship with Crosstown Rebels has grown. 2009 saw him release "Summertime EP", which went on to become the labels biggest selling single. He also had the unprecedented accolade of having 3 tracks in the Beatport top 10 concurrently. His debut album "Don’t You Remember The Future", also on Crosstown Rebels, has been hailed by Press and Dance Music critics across the globe as the best Electronic album of the year.
After "Grinding" exploded, 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 favorite 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 an Jamie Jones.