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We open the year with a great mix from Venezuelan born, Bogotá based selector and producer Enrique Leon aka Leeon. Leeon pays homage to what the words “Deep House” mean to him with an excellent funky and vibey hour and half for us this month. Over the last while Leeon has been making moves having appeared on the acclaimed Beats In Space alongside Tim Sweeney as well as dropping mixes on The Bunker NYC not forgetting spinning a lengthy one in Berlin’s famous clubbing institution Berghain.
We had a chat with Leeon about the mix, about what his scene is like and what he has coming up:

Hey Enrique, thanks for joining us! Can you tell us about your mix and what the idea behind it was? 

Thanks for having me in the series.

Yes, the idea behind this mix was to pay homage to Deep House.  A couple words that sometimes feel thrown around loosely.

I feel like I reconnected with it and have been inspired and playing it a bunch this year. I wanted to gather a few favorites, oldies and some more.  To be enjoyed with a working sub nearby  XD

Can you tell us a bit about how you usually approach recording a mix or a set? 

I always try to put a specific intention to it, whether it’s showcasing a specific vibe, or a genre, or even many of them together . I love to go back and check tunes I haven’t played in years, a lot of timeless music is sometimes found, or flip sides you actually never played or gave enough attention to haha. But yeah, thinking of a theme , idea or intention is always the first step.

What are your preferred methods for finding new music—do you still enjoy digging around in dusty crates, or do you prefer to buy online? 

Good question!

I usually get my music online because it’s easier.

Here in Colombia and where I’m based, Bogotá, finding electronic music for dance floors, in the house and techno spectrum can be quite difficult. We don’t really get those records found in the EU / UK or US fresh out of the oven, shipping costs don’t make any sense, it’s not impossible but you will need deeper pockets.

When traveling I save some space to bring some records home with me.

On the flip side, Bogotá has an incredible digging scene.  You will find crazy amounts of afro caribbean music in all its forms, translated-to-spanish disco and pop hits, freestyle and many other weird things that were big in the 70s and 80s in this part of the world.  There were some big pressing plants here in Colombia and Venezuela back in the day before tapes and CDs took over.  You will find a lot of those old records still out there sitting in boxes, some of them gems. I occasionally take some antihistamine and hit the shops downtown.

What advice would you give to any DJ’s or Producers just starting out? 

Make sure you are doing this because you love music. Be patient , be kind, build community, don’t fuck people over.

What is your dream setting for a DJ set? 

Anywhere where the vibe is right, where people can be themselves respecting the space, and where there’s a sub next to me.

What do you have up your sleeve for 2024?

I have a few projects in the works , but I can’t really talk about them at the moment.

Expect more music and more dancing for sure <3.

Be sure to follow Leeon at the following handles:

Soundcloud : @lee-on
IG : @djleeon


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