“I am, above all, a DJ,” states the always captivating Lea Lisa. The French selector is also a vinyl addict who never stops digging and hasn’t since she first started in 1996. From emotive deep house to driving techno, warm and soulful sounds to jacking club tracks, she has it all in her arsenal. Her sets always effervesce with passion and have lead to high praise from greats like Kerri Chandler and Jovonn. They have also taken her from clubs everywhere China to Copenhagen, New York to Paris, as well as high profile festival stages at Nuits Sonores, Southern Soul Festival and Polaris.
Lea’s much-loved No Boundaries Radio Show on Universal Rhythms offers an even broader window into her collection. Each episode finds her share many different sounds and stories from her eclectic collection as she joins the dots between the past, present and future. This well-informed knowledge and understanding of dance floor dynamics also play out in the music Lea makes, which has so far been spun by the likes of tastemakers such as Ron Trent, Tyree Cooper, Laurent Garnier or Anthony Nicholson to name a few.
Often combing sensuous vocals and analogue keys, thumping drums and well-crafted percussion, a Lea Lisa track is an authentic link to the essence of house music, but with an always fresh perspective. So far she has released on the highly respected likes of Chez Damier and Jorge Caiado’s Inner Balance, cult UK outlet Wolf Music and Phonica Records sub-label Karakul, with more to come. A real stamp of approval for her work comes in the fact that house pioneers Kerri Chandler remixed Lea’s Wolf Music release and Glenn Underground her Karakul release.
Lea has also been a key part of respected digger Fred Portet’s France-based record shop InnerDisc since 2015. In a short space of time, she helped it grow into one of the most revered digging spots in the world. For many years, she was also programming the monthly Bliss residency and lining up superbly tasteful parties headlined by the likes of Alex From Tokyo, DJ Deep & Kerri Chandler.
After a year in lockdown, Lea Lisa has plenty to share in 2021, from new podcasts to a brand new EP. Add in 20 years of knowledge, an infectious passion and the ability to lay it down with real emotion, and there are no limits to where Lea Lisa is heading next.