Real Name: Lee Wilton
Year Of Birth: N/A
Country Of Residence: U.K
Aliases: Eye-Deal / Dj Excess
Time with the label: 1998 – Present Day
KF Family Labels: Rejects / Dyne / Eye-Deal Records / KFA
Links to more information:
Own Website: N/A
Podcasts & Radio Shows: N/A
Dj Residencies: N/A
Will the real Lee Wilton please stand up…
Okay, about 2 years after I first had Lee in the studio, I noticed that he is credited on the KFLP2 in the big up the friends of the label section! In a lot of ways that sums up A) my terrible memory and B) Lee’s infinite patience with my terrible memory.
Anyway, I will have to start from what I remember. Apparently I have known Lee since 1995 or thereabouts, but I only count from about ’98 as everything before that is too blurry. Ooops.
He came to the studio to make D’n‘B originally. I think he first visited at a time when I was hiring my studio out. Our first tracks together were not that special (IMO) but as we progressed, we started to get a nice vibe going. This era ended with what is my favourite D’n‘B track that I have been involved in, namely Eye Deal’s “Channel 8”. It is a track I love for a number of reasons. I think its the first time I got the production to the high level I had always wanted, and this is because I never feel any pressure working with Lee, which meant I felt that I had the time to make sure it was correct, and also that I didn’t feel foolish if my ideas went horribly wrong. Its also in stereo, which I had never really bothered with before that time.
He’s a very laid back type of guy, and a studio day with him seems to just roll along without any encouragement whatsoever from either of us. Its actually all a bit surreal, and very enjoyable, as we often end up with something that isn’t really “normal” but isn’t too “weird” either.
As I pretty much stopped doing D’n‘B, I asked Lee if he liked old skool (still not realising that he bought enough off us in the past to qualify for a “I love Old Skool” T-shirt) and if he would be interested in making some for KFA.
After initial hesitation, we got together and made “Single Minded” which is a tune, but compared to “Raize Yo Handz”….you can hear the jump in confidence between the two, and that progression has continued. Along with progressing musically, we have become firm friends, and speak regularly. Idealz has a knack of always calling me at the right time for studio work, and so has been a regular in the studio. One of the reasons we work so well together is he shares my attitude of playful experimentation. Neither of us want to get bogged down trying to make something work when it simply wont, but both of us like to try our hands at different styles. Other than Alk-e-d, he is the easiest to work with, and like Alk-e-d he always arrives with a whole bunch of unusual samples. This can be seen when you compare tracks like “Spitting In Your Eye” with others such as “What If”. All in all, Idealz is one of my favorite artists regardless of the fact that he is on my label, and now that I am living in the USA, I will miss him coming to the studio as frequently as he did. But i will get him over here and back at work before you know it lol…
I think that’s all I can say about Mr Lee without making him too embarrassed.
Oh and if you are wondering about the name, well, it isn’t about ethics. Ha ha…
Ok, it started in 1995. I got my decks for Christmas in 1994 from my girlfriend Rebecca. I had started buying hardcore before I got my decks so I had records to play with when I got them. I had fuck all money though, so I couldn’t afford to buy many records once I had the decks.
The first KF tune I bought was KF31, Piano Confusion and that’s when I fell in love with KF but because I was skint (Me and Rebecca had just moved into a new house with our first child on the way) I couldn’t keep up with the releases. So I got a copy of the back catalogue list and this is where it started because I sent off for the KF tunes as and when I could afford them.
I started writing letters with my orders – I even remember saying in one of them about how pleased I was that there was a back catalogue available because I had little money – and when my next order arrived Chris had included 2 extra records free!
I was over the moon and couldn’t believe my luck! I wrote straight back thanking Chris for the 2 freebies (I bet you don’t remember any of this do you Chris? LOL).
As time went by hardcore started to go down the pan and finally I had had enough and stopped buying it and started to Dj Drum’n’bass instead.
I was buying D’n’B for a while with the odd hardcore track here and there when I visited my local record shop and there were 2 Influential records, INFL1 and INFL2. I heard them in the shop and bought them straight away. I got them home and played them a few times before falling in love with the tunes so much so that I did something I have never done before. I phoned the number on the record..and talked to Chris, saying how much I liked the tunes!
He was pleased. I asked if there was any chance of getting hold of promo’s so I didn’t miss any releases, and Chris said “sure, send a cheque to the PO box and make it payable to Kniteforce Records!!!!”
“Mmm” I said “I used to buy KF tunes”, and Chris said “Don’t tell anyone its me – coz everyone knows people who make hardcore cant make D’n’B.” How wrong that was!
Anyway, every time I got a new Influential tune I phoned to say how shit hot it was, and eventually Chris and I became good phone buddies.
Then Chris invited me to make a tune and that was it…after a year of knowing Chris I found that my name was credited on The Future Sound Of Hardcore LP as one of the regular mail order crew. I find this a bit spooky, but it seems that somehow I had just been attracted to Chris’s music, regardless of style. After a while of knowing Chris it seemed as if I had known him forever and he soon became a close friend…