Choosing a DJ name can be hard. While first starting out as a DJ, selecting a name that will represent you while still sounding “cool” can seem of far greater import than learning anything related to the mixing of two songs. Many choose to assign themselves a name based on some abstract concept, a la “DJ Infiniti” or “DJ Solipsism.” Others choose a handle related to their craft, such as “DJ Revolution” or “DJ Slipmat.” Still others opt to simply use their real names, or names that sound like they might be their real names but are actually made up because their real names are something like Harold Skimpole or Betsy Slutbucket (I’m looking at you Claude Vonstroke…).
London’s Lee Mortimer is one who chose the simple route of allowing his parents to select his performing name for him, and I believe that that may have been a mistake. Whenever I see his name pop up on my iPod, I can’t help but imagine that I am listening to the production of some bow tie-wearing cartoon turtle or perhaps a mid-19th century gold prospector.
But despite the handicap of carrying such a drab brand, his music is contrarily dynamic and appealing. His tracks have been finding their way into the sets of Annie Mac, Switch, Diplo, Crookers and Pete Tong, among others. And he has just released a single entitled “Blau!” with current house demigod Laidback Luke and it lays so nicely on the ears that you might forget its author is a man named Mortimer. Buy here.
Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer – Blau! (LA Riots remix)
Futureheads – Struck Dumb (Lee Mortimer remix)
– White Mike