Dutch Producer And Artist Lee Ptolemy Opens His 2024 Catalogue With Electronic Debut Album, ‘Future Memories’
Words: Rhys Buckham
April 9, 2024

The latest release from Lee Ptolemy is ‘Future Memories’. ‘Future Memories,’ is a 13 track traversal across a broad spectrum of genres, plucking elements from reggae rhythms, Deep House melodies, organic Arab instruments and Afrobeat influences.


Introduce yourself and your project

I am a seasoned musician with a passion for electronic sounds who’s been crafting music for over 15 years. However, it was only three years ago that I delved into the realm of electronic music production which would ultimately shape my artistic direction. My releases have often been influenced by existing tracks, offering my own unique interpretation and style. Since then, I’ve made a bold decision to redefine my sound, shifting my focus towards original compositions. 

My upcoming album marks a significant departure from any previous work, showcasing a fusion of classic deep house vibes with a touch of the exotic. It draws inspiration from oriental instruments, intricate percussions, and carefully crafted compositions, promising to be a mature and introspective exploration of sound.

Explain what musical genre fits you best

Deep house, Organic house. 

Were you connected with music from a young age and did anyone inspire you?

I am from Rotterdam, Netherlands where house music is rooted. At a young age I was inspired by Euromasters and DJ Paul Elstak (Midtown records), and after primary school I would go to the record shop Midtown to browse through the vinyls.

What kickstarted your music career?

I started producing music at a young age, around 20 years ago. I was mostly making Hip-hop beats and somewhat electronic music like drum n bass and hardstyle. I never really published much around those times. 

I started to pick up DJ-ing as a hobby a few years ago, but I took a break because I did not have the space nor time. When I did stand back behind the turntables I was getting ideas for producing again in no time. After my first production I had a lot of nice feedback, and also Shazams from locations all over the world. When I realised I was getting recognition from places I never even visited, this gave me a great boost to start creating more.

Tell us more about your sound and how it’s evolved over time

I feel that before I was making tracks, I was more focused on making covers and remixes. Now I am trying to create my own compositions, combined with samples that guide me or inspire me. For me, the biggest challenge was making an album. Releasing an album required a new skill for me, and accepting that a track is a moment, and not a continuous process. It is never properly finished in my head, but the release is planned now. 

Any words you want to share to encourage other artists or producers?

Try to produce without ego. I saw caring too much about the public’s opinion killed the experimental part which music really needs. In order for music to evolve, your track might not necessarily be a success, but it might inspire another artists again, which in some way you might get back again. Just throw it out there.

How do you nurture your industry relationships?

I must say poorly at this point. I am at the stage where I am building up relationships and networking still, but I promise whoever is reading this, I do maintain them properly

Is there anyone you’d like to thank that’s been crucial to your journey?

I think everybody close to me has been of great support. I do not talk much about the music and don’t advertise it much. For me it’s just a moment for myself.

Name 3 songs you love and what they mean to you + Youtube links

DakhaBrakha – Svyryd (Bedouin Reworks) – It’s a great set opener. Brilliant piece of rework.

Hooverphonic – Mad About You –  Epic track to test your sound system on purity. Love the ambient part in between. 

Frank Sinatra – My way – no explanation needed

What’s your favourite piece of studio equipment or software?

I really love my DJ controller setup. I have Rane Sevety-Two and 2 Rane Twelve which are the perfect combination of old school and new technology. It is more of a battle deck but I just love playing all types of sets on it.

Name your favourite club or festival and how it makes you feel

I used to like the after club which was a club that opens Sunday morning at 5 AM and lasted until 12:00 PM. Perfect to sleep for 20 hours after having some kebab and be in time to go to college again on Mondays.

Name an outlandish rider request?

Squat rack, and at least 350kg in weights. 

Favourite clubbing memory and who or what did it involve?

Every night has its own charm. 

What famous quote represents you best?

Noah looked like a fool until it started to rain. 

If you could play at any venue, where would it be and why?

Zamna festival in Tulum (Mexico).

Music is….. (explain more)

Music is like a magical language that speaks directly to our emotions. It’s made up of sounds, rhythms, and melodies that come together to create something beautiful and meaningful. Think of it as painting with sounds instead of colours. 

When artists make music, they’re expressing feelings and ideas in a way that everyone can understand, even if they don’t speak the same language. Listening to music can make us feel happy, sad, excited, or calm—it’s like a soundtrack to our lives; and when we make music ourselves, whether by singing, playing an instrument, or even just tapping along to a beat, we’re connecting with something deep inside us that’s hard to put into words.

Ultimately, music is a powerful force that brings people together and helps us express ourselves in ways we might not be able to otherwise.

One song you really couldn’t live without and why?

“Imagine” by John Lennon.

It’s a timeless classic that resonates with people around the world for its message of peace, unity, and envisioning a better world. Its simple yet profound lyrics inspire listeners to imagine a world without barriers, divisions, or conflict, where humanity lives in harmony and understanding.The song’s universal appeal and enduring relevance make it a staple in popular culture and a source of comfort and hope for many people. Its melody and lyrics have the power to uplift spirits and remind us of the importance of empathy, compassion, and working towards a brighter future for all.

Namedrop your favourite 5 artists or DJs (past or present)

Daft Punk: Daft Punk has been a massive influence on my music. Their ability to merge catchy melodies with innovative production techniques has always inspired me. Tracks like “One More Time” and “Around the World” have had a profound impact on my approach to electronic music.

Laurent Garnier: Laurent Garnier’s pioneering work in the French electronic music scene has been a huge inspiration to me. His versatility as a DJ and producer, spanning genres from techno to house to ambient, has shown me the importance of experimentation and pushing boundaries in music.

Carl Cox: Carl Cox’s legendary DJ sets and his commitment to the underground dance music scene have been incredibly influential in my career. His energy behind the decks and his ability to connect with the crowd taught me the importance of creating unforgettable moments on the dance floor.

Booka Shade: Booka Shade’s intricate productions and their seamless fusion of electronic and live instrumentation have always fascinated me. Their album “Movements” is a masterpiece that continues to inspire me to explore new sonic territories and incorporate organic elements into my music.

Paul Kalkbrenner: Paul Kalkbrenner’s emotive and melodic techno has been a constant source of inspiration for me. His ability to evoke emotion through his music and his powerful live performances remind me of the importance of connecting with the audience on a deeper level.

These artists have played a significant role in shaping my musical journey, and I continue to draw inspiration from their work as I strive to create my own unique sound in the world of electronic music.

What was your first music memory and how did it fuel your fire?

When I was a small child I used to really enjoy Michael Jackson and the long videoclips he had with stories in it. I think being very young the visuals came on number 1, and the music second. But I do feel as this developed my interests in music more.

Tell us more about your plans for the future

While I can’t predict the exact direction my career will take, I’m excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and am committed to pursuing my passion for music with determination and enthusiasm. Firstly, there’s this project that’s all about exploring lively and rhythmic styles like ancestral house, riddim, and Afro beats. It’s about tapping into cultural traditions and creating music that gets people moving with infectious rhythms and vibrant energy.

Then, there’s another project that’s a bit darker and harder. These tracks are still in the works, and I’m not sure if I want to release them yet. They’re more experimental and moody, showing a different side of my creativity.

I’m facing a bit of a dilemma because, on one hand, I want to stay true to my artistic instincts and release music that I’m passionate about. But on the other hand, I’m thinking about my audience and whether these new tracks might surprise or even disappoint them.

It’s a common struggle for artists like me, balancing creativity with what our fans expect. I want to keep things fresh and exciting, but I also want to make sure my audience stays engaged and happy with what I’m putting out there.

In the end, whatever decision I make, it’s important for me to stay true to myself as an artist and keep pushing the boundaries of my creativity.

Any worldly advice you’d like to share?

Stay humble and open-minded. There’s always something new to learn and room to grow as an artist, so approach every opportunity with curiosity and a willingness to learn. Next to that, never give up on your dreams. The road to success in the music industry can be challenging and unpredictable, but perseverance and passion will ultimately lead you to where you want to be.

Remember, the most important thing is to create music that speaks to you and touches the hearts of others. Stay authentic, stay inspired, and keep following your dreams.

Future Memories Is Out Now

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