Lee Burridge gives a taste of Hong Kong

When an English man ends up in Hong Kong and lives there for six years his life takes a turn-off; it changes either in a better way, or not, in a less good way. Lee Burridge was fortunate to say the least. He was one of the first dance music DJs in Hong Kong and it was easier for him to impose his personality.

Constantly building his profile and after he put Hong Kong on the clubbing map he became an international DJ. After six years, Lee was guesting at most of the big club tour parties in Hong Kong, including Cream, Ministry, Malibu Stacey and Northern Exposure. On 10th of July he was part of the line-up at one of the biggest festivals in Europe, EXIT 05 in Novisad, Serbia.

It was quite a priviledge for us to interview maybe the funiest DJs around. After a quick hello to Danny Howells who was just in the middle of his set, Lee made his appearance at the DJ Arena backstage and we caught him while he was having a chat with a few people.

I started doing house music parties because they weren't happening in Hong Kong and I was fortunate enough to be there at a time when there were lots of people from everywhere that already had exposure to dance music.
BeatFactor: You lived for six years in Hong Kong...

Lee Burridge: I did.

BF: Why did you go there? You looked for something exciting?

LB: Why? Umm... I had a very boring job in the UK. I was a DJ as well and I tried to make my life as a DJ in England and it was very hard, I didn't live in London, in countryside. I didn't know anybody and even moving to London it was kinda like scary. I had a girl friend, it was the first ever girlfriend I had and after five years she hated me, you know, and she broke up with me again and I'm like "No, no, we have to get married!" So I'm like "Ok, let's go on holiday to Jamaica!" So she said "ok, let's go". And on the second day of being there, we're sitting in a restaurant, she's looking amazing in this beautiful long white dress and we ordered lunch. A sausage turned out, it was this big (pointing to almost half a meter), it was the biggest sausage I ever seen in my life and bake rolls, mustard, ketchup, gurglings, onions, salsa, like stuff all over it. And I'm like amazed (her name is Rachel, she's older then me) and I said "Rachel, look at the sausage" and she wouldn't look. "Look at the sausage, look at the sausage" and she wouldn't look at the sausage. So I put it on the fork and lift it. "Look!" At which point the sausage came out of the fork and it flew across the table like in American SuperBall and it hit her on the nose and it rolled all the way down on the white dress like in the Indiana Jones movie when he was running and all they were chasing him, and it got to the ankles and it stopped.

BF: So she looked at the sausage... (Laughing)

LB: Yeah. I think it's the funniest thing I ever seen in my life. And she got up of the table, punched me in the head really hard and left... the island! And that was the end of my relationship with my girlfriend. So, I had records with me and I ended up staying in Jamaica for like five months being a DJ. Eventually I got kicked out because of the visa and I were back to England, back to the countryside and I ended up in Honk Kong because somebody just happened to be in my town, who was looking for a DJ, gave me a business card said he wanted me to come and work in a bar. I already had the excitement of living abroad and that was it, I was like "Ok, sure" and I went to Honk Kong. And that was it, the sausage changed my life! (Laughing) Thank you sausage!

BF: So you have visa interdiction now to Jamaica?

LB: It was a long time ago, it's ok now.

BF: How did you meet Craig Richards in the first place?

LB: Hong Kong was kind of a catalyst for me, my electronic music career. When I went to Honk Kong I just went to work in a bar, I was a DJ but who loved house music could really get a brake in the UK. So I had a box with house music with me and I had a box with rock and roll, disco, hip-hop music, 80's records and that was the kind of bar I had to work in. I started doing house music parties because they weren't happening in Hong Kong and I was fortunate enough to be there at a time when there were lots of people from everywhere that already had exposure to dance music. I grew up; my dance music really grew up in Hong Kong and it opened a lot of doors for me.

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BF: So you think the Asian culture has had a huge influence on you?

LB: Yeah, I love Chinese food! (laughing). The thing with music in China was that after a club I used to come home in a taxi with my friend and Chinese opera was starting the music and honestly I'm a terrible singer but I'll give you a go about the Chinese opera on the radio in the morning: (imitating some Chinese song). It's got no connection really with western musical arrangements or sounds, the keys it was all different. So if you hear my records they were all tuned and maybe I was influenced by Hong Kong. I think my attitude, how I act today as a DJ was really influenced by the freedom of living in a place where we could do whatever we wanted. Music wise I wasn't really influenced by any particular DJs from anywhere else because there was no music press, there was no radio, there was no sort of tie with the UK I guess, which was the main leading force at that time, or the US. It told me to play a lot of different styles of music and it told me what worked and it told me the people that go into clubs are as important as DJs.

BF: Do you plan a Fabric 15 follow up soon?

LB: I am actually about to release a single CD alongside Sander Kleinenberg, he is also releasing a single CD, that's my next CD release and after that my next project is going to be part of my 365 projects. After the next year, residencies around the world, I'm gonna release a double CD and a single CD of music I make during next year with all the people around the world and then a mix CD to go alongside it. So no follow about Fabric 15.

BF: How would you characterize your style?

LB: It's a question I got asked all the time and I never really know the answer. Because it's constantly changing thing. You know I've never played just progressive or tech-house.

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