Leko (DJ)

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Leko
Birth name Craig Bare
Born (1974-02-23) February 23, 1974 (age 40)
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres Drum and bass, Progressive house, Electro house
Occupations Songwriter, Producer, DJ, Independent Label Owner
Years active 1992-present
Labels Tharsis Records, Crux, Infrasonic Progressive
Website djleko.com

Leko, (born February 23, 1974), is an American EDM Producer and DJ based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Leko began his production career in 2008 after having been a club DJ since 1992. His first spotlight release was a remake of the club anthem "Dominator" by Human Resource on Crux Records. 2009 was highlighted by the release of the "Conscious Mind" EP featuring Lollievox on his label Tharsis Records, which was featured by Sony Creative Software in a remix contest on their AcidPlanet.com platform. In addition to heavy rotation on several international dance radio stations, "Conscious Mind" was a mainstay on the Top 100 charts and received global airplay on Matt Darey's "Nocturnal" syndicated show. 2009 closed out with Moist Music featuring Leko's "Decoder Ring" on Charles Feelgood's "How Sweet It Is" compilation. 2010 saw Leko achieve his first #1 chart hit with his remix of The Octopus - "TKO". In addition to several more releases on Crux, Leko has released tunes on Kult, Big Fish Recordings, and UK powerhouse Infrasonic, with the lead track on their "Progressive Selection Vol. 3" compilation.

As a long-time resident of Baltimore's Bass Nation movement and Starscape Festival, Leko has added an insatiable thirst for gritty, grimy bass to his dark melodic style. Although his most accredited work has been fidget, electro, and progressive, his roots and soul are in drum and bass. In addition to recent and upcoming releases with his Nashville production partners Noisefloor, Leko is putting the finishing touches on a new track with hip-hop legend Mike Gee of Jungle Brothers.

Spinning clubs and festivals since 1992, and radio shows in New York, Miami, and around the world since 1998, Leko has witnessed the emergence and evolution of the electronic dance music scene. When asked about sustaining such a long career as a professional DJ, Leko replied "I don't try to define it. Music just makes me happy, and we gather up a few people along the way who feel the same."

Representation[edit]

Leko is represented by Ronnie Spece of Vinylize Management.

Musical Styles[edit]

Leko has produced several styles, including drum and bass, electro, progressive house, and breaks. His influences are Überzone, The Chemical Brothers, Beastie Boys, Jungle Brothers, Switch, HiJack, Netsky, and Danny Byrd.

Discography[edit]

Singles/EPs
Year Title Label
2006 Stasis Tharsis Records
2008 Survive Tharsis Records
2008 Drip Tharsis Records
2008 OMG Tharsis Records
2008 Conscious Mind Tharsis Records
2009 Decoder Ring Tharsis Records
2012 Will You Be There Tharsis Records
2013 Shuriken Tharsis Records
Remixes
Year Original Artist Title Label
2008 Nikos Toscani Move Your Body Kult
2008 Human Resource Dominator Crux
2008 Justin James Jack Wit Us Crux
2009 Jay Robinson Flaming Marvellous Crux
2009 Lee Pennington Dig It Digiprana
2009 LaBam Loud Boyz Tharsis Records
2009 John Haze Static Tharsis Records
2009 The Octopus TKO Metronix Recordings
2009 Gigi Barocco Rowdy Jack Crux
2009 Mojo Jones Laughing Gas Tharsis Records
2009 Damien S. ft Marcie Joy Love Letters Infrasonic Progressive
2009 Hirshee The Rinse Out Big Fish Recordings
2009 Mightyfools Cops Crux
2009 Uncle Jesse Lanville Tharsis Records
2009 DJ Antention Behind A Door Crux
2010 Curious George & The Agent Margherita Digiprana
2010 Sanchez & The Shockers Synth Machine Tharsis Records
2010 Aquazoo Project When the Sun Goes Down Tharsis Records
2011 Hard Science M.I.A. in Miami Tharsis Records
2012 Mojo Jones Gravity Tharsis Records
2012 Roland Van Banks Above the World Tharsis Records
Compilations
Year Title Label
2010 Charles Feelgood - How Sweet It Is Moist Music
2013 Progressive Selection Vol. 3 Infrasonic Progressive

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