Soulfire Downloads founder Lee Ager is a DJ/producer on the rise. Since taking up DJ’ing aged 19 years old in 2000, the Liverpool-based producer has been on a steep upward trajectory. Now he’s ready to take the next step towards global dance floor supremacy with his own unique brand of progressive and tech house.
Initially inspired by Paul Oakenfold’s legendary Cream Courtyard sets, Lee bagged his first DJ residency after just six months behind the decks. After submitting a demo to a promoter of super-club Cream’s warm-up bar, Mello Mello, the 19 year-old was handed a bi-monthly slot.
Buoyed by this early success, Lee began promoting his own parties soon after. After a brief period warming up the weekend on Thursday nights, his parties at the Lemon Lounge swiftly moved to Friday nights and became a roaring success.
Thanks to the success of his parties, Lee was given the chance to play at Liverpool’s hottest club nights, alongside many of his musical heroes – internationally renowned DJs such as Dave Seaman, Futureshock, Sandy Rivera and Quivver. It allowed him the opportunity to fine-tune his already impressive DJ skills – an opportunity he grasped with both hands.
But it was in 2003 that he took his first step towards international success. It was then that his first musical productions began to see the light of day. He produced a number of much-played remixes of childhood heroes Depeche Mode, New Order (in collaboration with friend and fellow Liverpool producer Paul Harrison) and Fleetwood Mac. Plays on some of the UK’s biggest dance radio stations soon followed, with strong support from Juice FM, Radio City, Wish FM and GTFM. DJ support was strong, too, giving Lee a profile outside of his home city for the very first time.
Since then, Lee has stepped up his music production output, providing tracks and remixes for a variety of labels including his very own label Soulfire Downloads.
Soulfire Downloads has been a runaway success since launching in 2006. The label’s releases, which often boast hard-hitting remixes from the likes of Stan Kolev, Soundexile, Spirit Catcher and Jet Project, have been supported by many of the world’s top DJs. Since joining Beatport in June 2010, Soulfire Downloads releases have been played by Sasha, John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn, Nick Warren, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez and many more!