For Jamel Lee, it all comes from a feeling. Whether it’s the swing of a hi-hat or an unexpected key transition, these musical elements all serve one purpose to him---to make the listener feel something. It’s through manipulation of these fundamentals that gives him the unique ability to truly take the crowd on a journey. While comfortable with any genre, you’ll most likely find his psych & shoegaze influences bleeding into his sound... where he pays homage to the deep & dreamy, the dark and the uplifting sides of dance music; these are the magical moments that he searches for and constantly seeks to bring to his audience.
A classically-trained musician, Jamel Lee has been involved with music all his life. After growing up playing piano and guitar, he dabbled in heavy metal and folk music before landing squarely in the welcoming arms of psychedelic rock and synthwave.
After his relocation from NY to the Bay Area, Jamel aided in bringing the brainchild of Cole Odin (Das Sind Wir) to life as a founding member and keyboard / synthesist. Titled “Ownership”, the 6-person project could be compared to The Verve, if they went on an acid trip with LCD Soundsystem and met M83 in their collective hallucinations. Contributing members included the SF-grown, Berlin-based techno producer Jamaica Suk (Gradient) as well as musician-composer Achint Thakkar of Bombay, whose debut album ‘Shalimar’ was nominated for Best Non Film Debut at the Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) awards.
After the band amicably parted ways, Jamel soon found solace in the San Francisco underground house & techno scene. Along with founder Scott Hatfield (SMB, Household), Jamel helped run the Simple Minded Beats radio show and manage the 13-person crew right up until its retirement in mid-2019, after 5 years running. Its mission was to showcase and unite Bay Area DJs and producers, sharing in a collective love for all forms of house and techno.
Since then, Jamel has played some of the most visible venues at the forefront of the San Francisco club scene such as Halcyon, The Great Northern, Monarch, Temple, and The EndUp. His atmospheric sets have captured the attention of SF promoters, granting him the privilege of sharing bills with renowned international artists including Butch, Audiojack, HOSH, Joyce Muniz, Tara Brooks, Brett Johnson, ALINKA, and scores of hometown heroes.
2020 will mark a return to form for the multi-disciplined artist, who has begun mastering on original productions ranging from deep & spacy tech house to more progressive compositions featuring spoken word and uplifting synth-work.
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