Lenny Dee

Lenny Dee

Real Name:
Leonardo Didesiderio
Lenny Dee started his career in DJing in the 80s at a local roller disco in Brooklyn NYC at the age of 17, which become his first residency. Lenny Dee is recognized as one of New York’s earliest Techno pioneers. His earlier music consisted of Disco, Electro-Body, High Energy and early House.

Lenny crossed paths with NY legend/ Radio DJ and Producer - Tommy Musto. Tommy and Lenny went on to make over 20 records together on Tommy’s label Fourth Floor that became underground hits in the U.K.

Lenny furthered his career by collaborating with Techno legend Frankie Bones and the DJ / Producer team of Frankie Bones and Lenny Dee was born. Their music catapulted on the British charts, with the XL-Recordings release Looney Tunes in 1989. The two Brooklyn born natives stormed through the UK'S dance scene with a style of breaks and pounding grooves that still influences Techno music today.

Lenny Dee took a short break to finish his Recording Engineering degree in New York City’s Institute of Audio Research. This led him to NY’s prestigious Skyline Studios, which at the time was the home of one of Lenny’s idols – legendary producer/singer/songwriter Nile Rodgers who is the producer of Chic, Madonna and David Bowie among others.

He left Skyline to work for another musical pioneer Arthur Baker the owner of Shakedown Sound Studios and Producer of the Soul Sonic Force. Lenny became Baker’s Production Assistant, working on projects for New Order, Brooklyn Funk Essentials and Al Jarreau just to name a few. In this time Lenny met up with House music Producer Victor Simonelli. Lenny and Victor soon found themselves in the studio for Nu Groove and Network Records in the U.K. as well as doing music for David Morales’ Def Mix Productions.

In 1989, Lenny’s musical exploits brought him to Europe, which changed his direction once again. Lenny Dee’s DJing career propelled him to be one of the most sort after International Techno DJs in the world. In a Time where DJs remained local for the most part, he became the number one International DJ in Germany, Scotland, France and Switzerland with his new sound – Hardcore Techno - a sound that he is still known for today.

In the 90's Lenny Dee was twice awarded the accolade of 'Best Worldwide Techno DJ' by the Scottish Dance Music Awards. Frontpage Magazine heralded him as 'International DJ of the Year' and he has received wide spread coverage in other dance music publications like DJ Times, MixMag, Musik, and Mixer Magazine. He was recently featured in the Dutch DJ Broadcast Mag, UK’s Mixmag (as No 1 of the ‘Hardest DJ’s), Germany’s Groove and Raveline magazines and in XLR8R from the USA.

Lenny Dee DJs all around the world including all across the USA - from Australia through Western & Eastern Europe and as far as Russia, Japan and Sth. America. He has performed at most big events including to over million people at the Love Parade in Berlin, Techno Street Parades in Paris, Switzerland and Hamburg, Mayday in Germany, Tribal Gathering UK, Woodstock 2000 NYC, and the Jane’s Addiction Reunion Tour in NYC 1997.

Lenny Dee launched Industrial Strength Records in the U.S.A. in 1991with PCP’s ‘Mescalinium United’, becoming the first Hardcore Techno label in the world and one of the first Electronic Labels in the U.S.A. His label has featured artists such as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk, The Mover, DJ Paul, Manu le Malin, Cirillo, Oliver Chesler and Nasenbluten among other ground breaking music that has pioneered the label for over a decade. Lenny is also the founder of 2 Music Publishing companies.

On a personal front Lenny’s productions have always been diverse from his signature Hardcore to working with Grammy Nominated COC, collaboration’s with Prodigy Co-Producer Neil McClellan, releases on Warner Bros, Strictly Rhythm, R&S Records, A&M Records, Gigilo, ID&T, Music Man, Rotterdam Records, Third Movement, remixes for Atlantic Records, Sven Vath as well as chart topping hits in Holland and Italy – including projects with Italy’s superstar DJ Moella from RadioDeeJay FM.

Lenny Dee's classic hit 'Morning After' under his pseudonym of 'Fallout' is also featured on the Sony Play Station's PS2 hit game Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas on Rockstar Games - which has sold over 60 million games to date and his conceptual project ‘ Extreme Terror’ also featured on the hit game DOOM by Williams Entertainment which was the biggest selling video game during the 90’s.

Lenny Dee has been collaborating on many projects including an album with DJ Radium - ‘Noise Brulee’ -released through Audiogenic (France) that features a music video for ‘Headbanger Boogie’– the 1st Hardcore Music Video to get national airplay in France. Other projects include his critically acclaimed Hard Techno Mix Hard Disc Version 1.0, and releases with Promo, Neophtye, Manu Le Malin, Unexist & Tommykocker. His classic hit The Dreamer is out now, featuring a remix by Promo, Holland’s number one Hardcore DJ / Producer.

Lenny Dee has also joined forces with DJ Promo to create a new label and new sound together - 'Industrial Movement' which features TERRORFAKT, DPassion, Acrosome, Def Affect, Life:Runs:Red and Lenny Dee and Promo’s – Electronic Pig project.

On the techno front, Lenny’s project ‘Tekno Killah’ with Randy & Neo Genesi will be out on IST early 2008 with a new video. He also has a number of releases with Chris Liberator & Darc Marc on the Liberator’s Underground labels ‘Maximum / Minimum’ & Cluster, 4x4 with Julian Liberator, RAW with The Geezer, Powertools with ANT, a remix of ‘Strong Bad’ on Slovenia’s Brian Damage Records and releases on France’s Gazole and Highway labels and UK’s Subvert.

Lenny Dee continues to be booked regularly for Hardcore and Techno gigs around the world and is producing music from Hardcore to Electro. Lenny will continue to bring pleasure to audiences worldwide by pushing back the barriers of Electronic Music

Lenny Dee Discography


Frankie "Bones"* & Lenny "Dee"* Frankie "Bones"* & Lenny "Dee"* - Looney Tunes - Volume One (EP) Nu Groove Records Benelux 1989 Sell This Version
Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee - Looney Tunes II (EP) Nu Groove Records US 1990 Sell This Version
HTCD 9716-2 Lenny Dee & Victor Simonelli Lenny Dee & Victor Simonelli - Lenny Dee & Victor Simonelli Present Essential Funk From Brooklyn(CD) Hot Productions HTCD 9716-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
PKGCD 23 Lenny Dee & Radium Lenny Dee & Radium - Noise Brûlée(CD, Album) Psychik Genocide PKGCD 23 France 2005 Sell This Version
SBMB 017 Lenny Dee / HKV Lenny Dee / HKV - Total Destruction Vol.5(CDr, Mix) Superbad MIDI Breaks SBMB 017 Japan 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Lenny D* & Tommy Musto Lenny D* & Tommy Musto - Everything Bamboo Magnetic Dance UK & Ireland 1987 Sell This Version
Frankie "Bones"* & Lenny "Dee"* Frankie "Bones"* & Lenny "Dee"* - Just As Long As I Got You (Single) XL Recordings UK 1989 Sell This Version
DD 2 Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee - Drumdrops Vol. 2 (Essential Break Beats & Loops)(12") Big Break DD 2 US 1989 Sell This Version
RAD 31, HAL 12281 Lenny Dee & Nico Lenny Dee & Nico - Dark Matter(12") Radikal Records, Hot Productions RAD 31, HAL 12281 US 1991 Sell This Version
GAD 5 Lenny Dee & Eric Kupper Lenny Dee & Eric Kupper - Analog Man(12") Great Asset GAD 5 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ETC 131 Lenny Dee Untitled(12") ETC ETC 131 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee vs. DJ Edge Lenny Dee vs. DJ Edge - *10 Edge Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
MOK 14 Lenny Dee & Ralphie Dee Lenny Dee & Ralphie Dee - Mokum Traxxx(12") Mokum Records MOK 14 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
CLR 5202 Spasm (10) / Lenny Dee / Nebula Nine Spasm (10) / Lenny Dee / Nebula Nine - Spasm / Meta. 1 / Hypnotic Trance(12") Ultra Ethereal CLR 5202 US 1993 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee & Rob Gee Lenny Dee & Rob Gee - Spontaneous Combustion Ruff Beats Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Shoop 20 Lenny Dee & Darrien Kelly Lenny Dee & Darrien Kelly - Hardcore Trax Vol.1(12") Shoop! Shoop 20 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ROT 033 Lenny Dee Versus DJ Paul* Lenny Dee Versus DJ Paul* - Round One(12") Rotterdam Records ROT 033 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee & DJ Cirillo* Lenny Dee & DJ Cirillo* - Wake Up Brooklyn Ruff Beats Records US 1995 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee & Dark Raver* Lenny Dee & Dark Raver* - A Weekend In Bklyn Part I Ruff Beats Records US 1995 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee vs. The Speed Freak Lenny Dee vs. The Speed Freak - I've Made A Change / Worst Shockwave Recordings Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee Emotional Response LD Records (3) US 1996 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee & DJ Gizmo Lenny Dee & DJ Gizmo - Muthafuckin Drum Machine Ruff Beats Records US 1996 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee and The Hardcore Warriors Lenny Dee and The Hardcore Warriors - Funky Twisted Industrial Strength Limited US 1996 Sell This Version
ROT 054 Lenny Dee vs. DJ Paul* Lenny Dee vs. DJ Paul* - Round 2(12") Rotterdam Records ROT 054 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee Forgotten Moments LD Records (3) US 1997 Sell This Version

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January 19, 2015
Yeah been priviledged enough to play with him twice when he's been down under to Perth - in 97 & in 2014 - the man's a flippin legend, a complete nutcase when he's "in the zone" & my god the sets this chap has dropped over the years (whether it be his infamous Sterns 92, Holland, Germany, Oz, USA etc etc) make him worthy of the World Dance scene's applause - as has been said here not many ppl stick like he has to the hard edge & still push it always all these years later. On top of that he's a the most down-to-earth genuine bloke that goes out of his way to chat to the punters w/out ego...the kinda DJ for DJs & yet still a raver at heart at the same time (if that makes sense). Absolute ResPekt for the guy, his DJ'ing, his production & HUGE contribution to the scene.


June 21, 2014
Ah... Mr Dee, I recall him fondly. I used to go and see him DJ at Pure in Edinburgh in the early 90's, he just blew your head apart. You could tell instantly when he came on (you could hardly see at times in that place with the smoke machine); the noise level went up, and he would introduce himself with some crunching noise like a hammer repeatedly hitting an anvil or something, then he would take you on his hardcore voyage. I loved him, never missed him when he was playing there.

He is an excellent DJ, around the same time, Atkins, May, Baxter, Folwkes, Hawtin etc all used to play sets at Pure, but Lenny for me was the best DJ, he always delivered. Great nightclub was Pure, bringing along these top DJ's.

Lennys best music for me was his work on Rising High and Sapho record labels, Knightphantom or Dominatrix EP's, Hardcore with plenty of rhythm and innovation.

I salute you Sir.


April 15, 2013
Lennys contribution to the edm scene is awesome. He doesn't get the credit he deserves.


January 2, 2009
Being at a hardcore party when Lenny's spinning, whether it be in Brooklyn, Syracuse, or somewhere across the globe is a mind-bending experience. Owning the dance floor is way to simple of a term to explain this man's ability to take the sound system to its fullest potential. Many times I would think to myself "This is this amplifier's last leg. There are no electronics that can handle this kind of abuse." At one point I wondered if he used titanium cartridges. But that's Lenny Dee. When he's on there is nothing else happening. And if there is, it's people running for the quiet solace of their beds. I've often felt sorry for the people that couldn't handle the music and ended up leaving early.

If you are brave enough to experience hardcore, you should dance to Lenny Dee.



October 22, 2006
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20 years ago right now, we were neighborhood rivals. Growing up in Brooklyn could in fact be Teenage Wasteland.
But Lenny Dee was destined to make a long life from Electronic Music. 1985 would be the first year that Lenny Dee, Omar Santana and myself would find our names on vinyl releases. And they all were on Hip Hop records. Then by chance it was a mutual friend who gave us a chance to make our own records. Tommy Musto just started in-house production at 25 West Records and in 1987, Nugroove and Fourth Floor Records became a place we called home. Lenny produced Fallout "The Morning After" which Warp Records included on its "Influences" project and what followed was release after release of influential works. Even the tiny projects such as "Drumdrops" would become the template for
Snap "The Power". This being a horn blast I watched Lenny do live scratching on a 1200 in my tiny studio.

He then formed The Brooklyn Funk Essentials with Victor Simonelli while working for Arthur Baker at Shakedown Studios. Lenny was now rubbing elbows with people like Nile Rogers from Chic and Arthur took a liking to what he was hearing and a ton of remix work followed. Then Lenny became friends with The KLF which led to more projects and soonafter formed his own Industrial Strength Records.

What Lenny Did totally on his own merit was create a big chunk of Hardcore Gabba music which might have been based in Holland as history goes, but Brooklyn's own from day one. All the biggest names in the Dutch Scene credit him as an inspiration and Lenny continues his legacy to this day. Whereas many people think a scene has come and gone, it has'nt for Lenny. He is playing his style, his way, today, tomorrow and if history repeats itself forever. A good guy with a great history is a man like Lenny Dee.

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