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Showcase #2

K8-e and Dawn Lee
Saturday 1 June 2019

K8-e
Dawn Lee
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K8-e
HARD HOUSE according to K8-e 
(May 2019)

Q - What is your first Hard House Experience? 
A: - I guess it was hearing "4 Motion - Over 4 Me" at Slinky (@ the Opera House in Bournemouth) back in the late 90s but not realising it was hard house at the time (I was there for the trance). When I got into djing, the guys who taught me were playing hard trance, hard house, techno, hardcore and drum n bass, so I got a flavour for multiple genres. My first totally hard house night was in Northampton 2003 ish, and it was watching Glazby that night that made me realise what it was all about.  


Q - What one track gets you on the dance floor? 

A - Loads! But Ace of Space - 9 is a Classic (Disco Brothers remix) or Henry Trotton - James and the Giant Hoover spring to mind! 


Q - Which track defines hard house in your mind? 
A - That's a really difficult question but probably: Justin Bourne & Lee Jeffrey - Drop the Dime. I think there are many facets to hard house from the funkier side to the filthier side though and there are great tunes across the spectrum I would play to give a broader answer! That was the first tune that came to mind though and one that would also get me on the dancefloor without fail. 


Q -  What one HH track do you wish you had produced?
A - There are also many, and so many producers I admire, but the one that springs to mind I've played a lot lately is: Ross Homson - Galvez Groove - I think it's beautiful piece of hard house! 

Q - Is there a commercial pop track that you think is crying out for a hard house mix? 
A  - Yes - but they are my secrets and I am keeping them! I like to bring pop into hard house, so look out for my next few releases.


Q -  What is the longest set you have played? 
A - 2 hours warm up at the Lisa Pin-Up Weekender earlier this year. I enjoy a journey! 


Q - As a clubber, do you prefer the big production large crowd nights or the smaller more intimate underground ones?
A - As a clubber I have grown to love intimate events for hard house. Numbers aren't massive for hard house events these days so things are naturally more intimate for the most part, but I think having a crowd of people who are truly up for it and love the music can be more intense than the big events. 





Dawn Lee
HARD HOUSE according to DAWN LEE
May 2019

Q - What is your first Hard House Experience? 
A: - my first commercial hard house experience was at slinky at the opera house in Bournemouth, I think BK and Lisa Lashes were on the bill and I remember being dragged away from the dance floor at the end of the night when the encore track got dropped 99th floor elevators ft Tony de vit "hooked" because our coach was leaving shortly!! I nearly missed my lift home 😂


Q - What one track gets you on the dance floor?            

A - This is a hard question as there are so so many .. I was at a woods party just outside guildford area many many moons ago and for the first time I heard "Access" KY Jelly babies mix and couldn't stop dancing!!!! I loved it so much I went out and bought it on vinyl! 

This was my first ever vinyl and kick started me off into my vinyl addiction and learning to DJ seriously so for this reason this track just pips many many other floor stomping tracks that get me on that dance floor!! 


Q - Which track defines hard house in your mind? 
A - Another REALLY tough question as there are so many I like for different reasons.  Many DJ / producers influenced that sound for me such as Glazby, Dom Sweeten, RR Fierce, Bourne and the list goes on, I don't know if I could narrow it down to just one track!


Q -  What one HH track do you wish you had produced?
A - This answer would change daily as there are so many I love and take inspiration from nowadays!!  If I were to start my career earlier, back when hard house was at its peak, twi big tracks spring to mind BK - Revolution and Baby Doc - I need you were two I would have given my right arm to have written back in the day! 


Q - Is there a commercial pop track that you think is crying out for a hard house mix? 
A  - Because I love so many genres and I take my inspiration from many angles then there is so many pop tracks that would rock a hard house mix ... I don't want to give to many of my ideas away though so I will tell you that when I first started my production journey one of my besties Sam asked me to beef up Chesney hawkes - I am the one and only one day for her as she is a massive Chesney fan and for the funny!! Well Sam piper, challenge accepted it will happen one day!!!


Q -  What is the longest set you have played? 
A - I have played a couple of 90 minute sets solo and a 2 hour B2B set! I am relishing the thought of a full 3 hour journey though!!!! 


Q - As a clubber, do you prefer the big production large crowd nights or the smaller more intimate underground ones?

A - I like both for different experiences .. the large scale productions if done well are all about the show!! The lasers, the big production, the whole journey and experience, however just tipping it slightly for me are the smaller more intimate events, because I like to be able to watch a DJ play a bit more up close and personal than somewhere lost up on a big stage and also the crowd seem more friendly and more enthusiastic and more up for it! Being in that kind of atmosphere always makes me feel like I'm part of the family and I'm finally home!! i




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Photos taken at Dawn Lee and K8-e's Showcase event on 1st June 2019. Photo's courtesy of wo0.co.uk 

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