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Full biography of Sean Lee - from early years to resounding success

The story of a genius: Sean Lee and his rise...

The story of Sean Lee, a wonderful musician and composer

Composer of music for films, television and games, indie soul songs and funk electronics, as well as producer and multi-instrumentalist - Sean Lee began his eclectic musical career at the end 80s years. Lee completed his first solo album in 1996 year, but it never received an official release. Then at the beginning of the new century, Sean began to collaborate with labels such as Ubiquity and wall of sound, and formed Ping Pong Orchestra. He later formed Electric Peanut Butter Company. Sean Lee worked with Clutches by Hopkins, created music for the game Bully (2006)…Meanwhile, highlights of his intermittent musical work included documentaries Elevate (2011) and Let It Soul (2018). We invite you to learn a little more about this talented person ...

Early years

Sean Lee...
Sean Lee...

Sean grew up in a rural area on the outskirts of Wichita, State Kansas. His mother is half Lebanese, half American Turkey, and his father is Irish American. While his peers were into corporate rock and line dance melodies, Sean liked black funk... Later, the local Baptist church expanded his understanding of black music, but when he sang and played drums in its gospel choir, he found that some of the his white friends disapproved of his interest… Sean soon decided to leave the Midwest, but not before playing in a local band lotus with future country superstar Martina McBride

First steps

Next stop in destiny Shona - Los Angeles. Already a capable multi-instrumentalist (by then Sean already mastered the guitar, drums, bass and much more), Lee started writing songs. There were bands, publishing deals, relationships, tours, and day jobs... Simply put, more and more marks were appearing on the pillar of his experience.

Soon Sean was introduced to the producers Dust Brothers: so, he spent a lot of time chatting, drinking cappuccinos and recording mix tapes from their dusty record collection. During this period, Sean became friends with the deceased Jeff Buckleywith whom he recorded "Honky Tonk Woman"!

New stages and new successes

Sean Lee
Sean Lee

In 1995 year Sean moved to London, where he recorded his solo debut on DJ Gilles Peterson's Talkin Loud label. For completely incomprehensible reasons, the album was never released. It destroyed not only plans, but also the soul Lee: like someone erasing 3 years of your life... Deciding to write and record on his own terms, Sean continued to work. He created the infamous series "Planet of the breaks", as well as 5 volumes "Ape Breaks", becoming the most sampled drummer of his generation. He gave away CDs of songs to friends for no reason other than hoping they would like it. As Sean continued to make music his way, the airplay of the self-financed EP prompted several major labels to call him. He had no intention of getting back on the corporate merry-go-round. Instead, he opted to sign with Mark Jones in wall of sound.

“Mark was happy to release a record that sounds exactly the way I wanted…”

Sean subsequently became the lead artist on the new album. Monkeyboy, which included the cult song "Happiness".

The new millennium - what did it bring?

Bully 2006
Bully 2006

2004 year was marked by the release soul visa (only in Japan, on Rush!). The album was later released worldwide under the label BBE. Album Harmonium was released in 2005 year in Japan again under the label Rush! As a Ping Pong Orchestra, Lee has released 10 albums (including Music and Rhythm, Moods and Grooves and Strings and Things). Sean was soon offered his first full soundtrack to a film… The industry was quick to embrace the sound Ping Pong Orchestra, and soon tracks PPO have been used in many American TV series. IN 2006 Sean also composed the soundtrack for a Rockstar video game titled Bully — a computer game in the genre of action-adventure with a third-person view and an open world…

During this period, an EP is released Ping Pong Orchestra vs Nino Moschella with a song "Kiss The Sky". Subsequently, this track will become the “single of the week” on itunes: it was downloaded more than 200 thousand times in one week! Unwilling to rest, in his London studio "Trans-Yank" Lee has been working on a number of new albums, including an album of covers Ping Pong POP entitled "Hit's The Hits"which was released October 9, 2007 of the year.

2008 year brought musically traveling around the world albums Miles of Styles, and Clutch of the Tiger — Lee's collaboration with the producer Clutches by Hopkins. The doors to the "world of funk" Lee opened at the beginning 2011 years with the release of the album World of Funk with Ping Pong Orchestra. That same year, Lee collaborated with singer/songwriter AM for the album Celestial Electric

Finally…

Without slowing down your fruitful schedule, in 2013 Lee paired up with AM again for the album La Musique Numerique! Golden Age Against the Machine, a tribute to rap music from the beginning 80s to the middle 90s, followed in 2014 year. Remix album Skeewiff vs. Shawn Lee went out in 2015 year, as well as the third LP AM and Sean Lee. As for the Ping Pong Orchestra, the project returned with Techstar in 2017. Continuing to occasionally work on music for television, short films and games, Sean Lee wrote the music for the documentary Let It Soulwhich premiered in 2018 year. Seems Sean Lee is the new hardest working (tiger) man in show business! And it's hard to argue with this fact...

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