Lee Jackson is a busy man. Not only is he half of HOG, Britain's rap pioneers whose slamming 'Booitz' EP for ICC has just burst upon the Christian public, he is also a full time schools worker in Leeds yet still finds time to produce...and deejay. Over the years Lee has not only found himself behind the decks during HOG concerts, where he spins and scratches while buddy Justin raps, Lee is also increasingly called upon to provide more conventional deejaying.
Lee comments, "Hip hop is what I love but I'm not a musical fascist, I give people what they want and I'm happy to play records at a friend's wedding - though you get sick of "YMCA" all night - or playing the latest sanctified dance stuff."
But as those who witnessed Lee's devastating spots behind the decks at last year's Soul Survivor or this year's Spring Harvest will know, it's his passion for dance as a vehicle to worship which most excites him. "I play stuff like Hydro. But I don't just put it on and leave it at that. I grab the mike, go to the front and get people INTO it. Praise and worship is firstly an act of the will, and I see my function as getting people into it, getting people dancing. Too many people still think Christians are like Mr Bean - they don't dance. So I see the need to break through that and help get people enjoying dancing in worship to God."
Lee will be deejaying, playing with HOG, MCing and leading worship at
Cross Rhythms 'Destiny Calling' festival. He's thrilled about where
praise and worship is beginning to head. "The direction that guys like
Cameron Dante are taking praise and worship is fantastic - they're
bringing in a whole new lease of life to worship."