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The Lennster was born Leone Fontana to Italian and Spanish parents in Brooklyn, New York, 21st September 1967, making him a cusp of beauty: aesthetic, sensuous and harmonious; much like our DJ Ralf, the infamous HG Wells, Ray Charles and of course Julio Inglesias. The soulful, smooth yet energizing house music that he plays and produces gets the required result and moves the entire crowd.
I started listening to the mastermix with Shep Pettibone on 98.7 F.M. Kiss New York in 1982 and was dazzled by his fantastic editing skills and great music. This started my passion to be a DJ and to buy records. I immediately went out and purchased turntables, a Bozak mixer and my Technics Reel to Reel, and practiced what I had been hearing on the radio, from 1983 till 1986. I was awarded my first big break at New York’s Underground in Union Square.
Until that glorious moment I played at private and house parties to learn how to play to a crowd. I will say that going to the Garage and Better Days had a major impact on me as far as wanting to be a DJ. These guys who controlled every emotion that went on in that room for a day where worshiped like they were Gods. It was such a great experience to get to see all this and to be schooled on how to play to audience of that calibre. And that education was invaluable tome.
In terms of production, Lenny’s big international break came with the song What You Need, produced by him under the name Powerhouse feat. Duane Harden, which instantaneously hit the top 15 on the pop charts in the U.K. and Europe. This record hit the mainstream with its video being played constantly on MTV in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. DJ Magazine proclaimed that the single was a neck ahead in the annual Most Hammered Tune at the Miami Winter Music Conference contest." Dance Music Authority calls What You Need a club anthem. The track became popular with DJs like Danny Rampling, Little Louie Vega and Tony Humphries. Lenny Fontana has played his part in the history of House music.
When it comes to DJing, Lenny Fontana has worked stateside for some of the most highly respected promoters including “Free Bass Society”, “Together”, “Harmony”, and “Good Vibe Crew”. Under the banner of “House Music Marquis”, he was very popular at numerous events celebrating “Gay Pride Week” throughout the U.S. Like all big name DJs, Lenny plays at some of the finest dance spots throughout the world including: Pacha (Ibiza), Avalon (Boston), Club 69 (Rome), Angels of Love (Napoli), Ministry of Sound & The End (London), Does Your Mamma Know (Los Angeles), Sound Factory (San Francisco), and Clubs Gold & Yellow (Tokyo).
Countries where Lenny is particularly popular are Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Italy, Eire, UK, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Poland, Yugoslavia, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Greece, Singapore, France and Cyprus.