San Diego’s CRSSD Fest – presented by FNGRS CRSSD — has become a sanctuary for underground electronic music fans. The upcoming Fall edition is pumped with a wide array of unadulterated talent, where headliners including RÜFÜS DU SOL, Richie Hawtin, and Hot Since 82 are joined by up-and-coming acts like Breakbot, Solardo,and Hito to make for a weekend of top quality music from all over the underground spectrum. To dig a big deeper into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for an interview series before the festival.
Lee K has become something of a stalwart within the San Diego underground. Cutting her teeth at FNGRS CRSSD, primarily through her residency at the Gaslamp club Bang Bang and through every CRSSD Festival to date, the Socal native was soon noticed by Richie Hawtin and swept off to Ibiza for an international run for his ENTER. series in 2015. She continues to play alongside Hawtin and other accomplished peers to this day, with gigs lined up in Spain, Switzerland, and more throughout the fall season.
It’s artists like Lee who show the art of DJing is still very much relevant in today’s producer-heavy climate. While she might not have a SoundCloud with thousands of followers amassed based off her own compositions, what she does do is expertly weave together all things minimal, dark, and techy into finely-crafted sets that knock out the dance-floor. In doing so, she shows off her immense creativity and lets her taste in music show off her true artistic capabilities.
Read on for a glimpse into her life and success ahead of her 6th performance at the festival.
At what point did you realize that Djing could be a career for you, rather than simply a passion?
I’m not sure there was one defining moment – it still feels like a work in progress to me! But once I started playing internationally I think the feeling of everything shifted.
What’s the most important project in your pipeline at the moment?
Working on my own music in the studio as well as getting the next few releases ready for my label.
What’s your opinion of the dance scene in the US right now?
It’s in an interesting place. Dance music is bigger now than it’s ever been which is a blessing in so many ways. There’s promoters across the country who are bringing underground music to small towns like Wilmington in North Carolina – I don’t think you would’ve seen that five or ten years ago, at least not on any type of scale. It’s great to see and I think it’ll continue to evolve.
What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
It’s one of my favorite weekends twice a year – simply because it feels like home & I get to see and hang out with many, many friends and family! It’s one big party for two days straight.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
Trent Reznor. Nine Inch Nails played a big part in my youth.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Denis Sulta, Floorplan, Richie Hawtin.
If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
Equus – Ash; originally released in 1996 and Nuno Dos Santos recently re-released it on his label SoHaSo.
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