Ace (Skunk Anansie guitarist/producer) - “Lee Christian is one of my fave lyricists!"
Brando Palomino Bronzino (creator of The Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame) - ”Lee, u r pure genius"
Lee Christian was a prominent figure in the Oxford music scene for over ten years as an artist, producer, remixer, event organiser and radio DJ. He is best known for fronting formidable alternative rock band SMILEX for over a decade, but also involves himself in countless diverse musical projects like The Prohibition Smokers Club, BoyWithAToy and Chateaux69. He has now, while living a semi hermitic lifestyle in Bath UK, developed his varying musical and artistic influences.
After 5 years (and albums) of playing and producing almost everything, eclectic UK, Bath solo artist Lee Christian decided for his 6th album to focus on singing, using a plentiful bounty of beats & instrumentals hoarded from underground producers over time to craft the album 'Vocation'. For the first time since collaborating in his rock band Smilex, Lee has concentrated solely on lyrics, melodies, and harmonies. Taking inspiration from David Bowie’s departure from the shock rock glam of Ziggy and experimental explorations of the Thin White Duke, for the contemporary R&B sheen of Nile Rodgers produced classic Let’s Dance. The result is his most immediate collection of songs for a decade, a sprawling yet cohesive set, including Electronica, Dance, Hip Hop , Soul, RnB, Funk and more from over a dozen producers from around the world.'Vocation' takes its name from both the proper dictionary definitions and because for Lee, it was like a vocal vacation of sorts. It's overflowing with summery festival vibes, the result perhaps of road testing some of the material with his band The Prohibition Smokers’ Club, supporting Roachford and headlining stages and thrilling audiences at Truck, Cornbury and Wychwood festivals…and more! A diverse mix of influences from D'Angelo, Ice Cube, Bone, Thugs and Harmony, Funkadelic, Outkast, George Benson, Run The Jewels, to Alliyah Depeche Mode, Beck, Leftfield & Lydon & Tricky sees 'Vocation' pushing the boundaries of electronic music.
Once the scourge of the underground gig scene fronting riotous rock outﬁt Smilex (hand-picked to play with punk legends The Damned and many more, releases with MC Lars and The Young Knives and garnering support from XFM, 6music and a whole host of other stations, press and blogs), Lee recently returned to the stage with a revamped version of his versatile collective of Oxford’s ﬁnest players The Prohibition Smokers Club to give his solo material it’s debut live airing at this year’s Truck Festival. See it here: https://vimeo.com/176720091
Never one to sit idIy, Lee has many projects in the works including new releases from Smilex, The Prohibition Smokers Club and Boywithatoy (his electronic funk duo with ex-Rock Of Travolta despot Phill Honey). Not to mention a slated 5 eclectic solo records in various stages of completion over the next 18 months, along with more of his unique videos too (made in collaboration with Grace Williams). One thing we can assure you it wiII not be duII… why not join him for the ride?