House music legend Lenny Fontana makes his return to Family.
Saturday, April 9, 2005
The New York house maestro prepares to bring his energising and soulful house music sound to the family.
Names don't get much bigger than that of Lenny Fontana. As a house dj and producer Lenny Fontana has been recognised as one of house music's greats.
The Lennster was born Leone Fontana to Italian and Spanish parents in Brooklyn, New York, 21st September 1967, making him a cusp of beauty: aesthetic, sensuous and harmonious; much like our DJ Ralf, the infamous HG Wells, Ray Charles and of course Julio Inglesias. The soulful, smooth yet energising house music that he plays and produces gets the required result and moves the entire crowd.
He started listening to the mastermix with Shep Pettibone on 98.7 F.M. Kiss New York back in 1982 and was dazzled by his fantastic editing skills and great music. This started his passion to become a DJ and to buy records.
Lenny immediately went out and purchased turntables, a Bozak mixer and a Technics Reel to Reel. Taking the sounds from the radio, he practiced his skills from 1983 till 1986.
Success duly came when he was awarded his first big break at New York's Underground in Union Square.
Until that glorious moment Lenny had only played at private and house parties, with his objective to learn how to play to a crowd.
He says that going to the Garage and Better Days had a major impact on him, as far as wanting to be a DJ.
"These guys... controlled every emotion that went on in that room for a day were worshiped like they were Gods. It was such a great experience to get to see all this and to be schooled on how to play to audience of that calibre. And that education was invaluable me."
In terms of production, Lenny's big international break came with the song What You Need, produced by him under the name Powerhouse feat. Duane Harden, which instantaneously hit the top 15 on the pop charts in the U.K. and Europe. This record hit the mainstream with its video being played constantly on MTV in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. DJ Magazine proclaimed that the single was a neck ahead in the annual Most Hammered Tune at the Miami Winter Music Conference contest." Dance Music Authority calls What You Need a club anthem. The track became popular with DJs like Danny Rampling, Little Louie Vega and Tony Humphries. Lenny Fontana has played his part in the history of House music.
When it comes to DJing, Lenny Fontana has worked stateside for some of the most highly respected promoters including "Free Bass Society", "Together", "Harmony", and "Good Vibe Crew". Under the banner of "House Music Marquis", he was very popular at numerous events celebrating "Gay Pride Week" throughout the U.S. Like all big name DJs, Lenny plays at some of the finest dance spots throughout the world including: Pacha (Ibiza), Avalon (Boston), Club 69 (Rome), Angels of Love (Napoli), Ministry of Sound & The End (London), Does Your Mamma Know (Los Angeles), Sound Factory (San Francisco), and Clubs Gold & Yellow (Tokyo).
Countries where Lenny is particularly popular are Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Italy, Eire, UK, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Poland, Yugoslavia, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Greece, Singapore, France and Cyprus.
His djing, remixes, & productions are known throughout the world. With recordings for FFRR, Strictly Rhythm, Atlantic, AMPM, Universal, Defected, Distance, Azuli, Nervous, Sony and J Records. Producing hits such as "Chocolate Sensation", "Mystical Journey", Powerhouse feat. Duane Harden "I Got What You Need", Darryl D'Bonneau "Pow Pow Pow" Black Sun - "Spread Love", Byron Stingily's "Light my fire" and the list goes on and on. Lenny has appeared around the world and has proved to be one of the most popular dj's on the scene today.
This highly acclaimed veteran of house music will be showcasing his talents on Saturday 23rd April