Brothers Simon & Robin Lee are Faze Action. They have been writing, producing, playing live and DJing for over 20 years and have released 5 critically acclaimed artist LPs and countless remixes, making them one of the most credible and in demand original artists within the growing Disco, House and Balearic scene.
Their early successes, included “In the Trees” that features Robin’s classical ‘cello, and “Disco Motion”, became instant classics on the Nuphonic label and changed the musical landscape at the time, paving the way for the Disco revival of today.
The brothers started their musical journey growing up in Amersham in the suburbs of London. With its close proximity to the capital city, Simon & Robin soon found themselves becoming obsessed with Disco, Jazz Funk and early House music. Robin, who was already learning the ‘cello and piano’, says.
“Simon would bring home records, like Johnny Hammond’s Fantasy, and ask me to play along. We had never heard music like this and we felt we were discovering something new. It was a revelation”.
By the mid 90’s Simon was DJing and working in a record shop and Robin was playing live regularly in classical concerts and bands. They decided to make their first record, entitled “Original Disco Motion”, a contemporary slice of modern disco, which was sampled by Moodyman, released on the legendary Nuphonic label.
The track became an instant underground classic, garnering support from Francois K and Frankie Knuckles. This set them up for the next release; “In The Trees”, which went on to become recognised as one of the UK’s classic house records, linking Faze Action to the birth of House and Disco in the UK.
Through the 90’s, 00’s and up to the present day, Faze Action have released an impressive amount of credible original music, including their stunning Afro, Disco, House track, “Kariba” with Zimbabwean artist Zeke Manyika and ”Samba”, with Nina Miranda, from their “Moving Cities” LP.
In 2006 they set up their own label (FAR) and released the classic Space Disco LP “Stratus Energy”, which included “Good Lovin’” and “I Wanna Dancer”, that received support from Horse Meat Disco, Joey Negro and Dimitri from Paris.
With their 2014 LP; “Body of One”, Faze Action proved they could reach a wider audience when the single “Time By Your Side” reached over a million plays on Spotify.
Recent releases on their FAR imprint have included the highly sort after “Mangwana” featuring Zeke Manyika, “Vamos Pintar” with Nina Miranda plus the underground Disco hit “Get Up & Dance” by Andromeda Orchestra and more recently Rudy’s Midnight Machine’s shimmering Balearic classic “Midnight Safari”. With a slew of releases slated for 2019, this year is likely to be a productive one for the brothers Lee.
Not content with writing and producing new music, Simon and Robin are in demand as DJs and have criss crossed the globe playing at festivals and clubs with their trademark sets joining the dots between Disco, Afro, Balearic and beyond. They are also avid record collectors stating that
“It’s a constant source of inspiration for writing and our DJ sets”
This has culminated in a number of compilations including “Under the Influence Vol. 7” for Joey Negro’s Z records, which was released in May 0f 2018.
Faze Action are one of the few acts, in the modern disco world, who write and create original music. Faze Action have said in the past that
“You can’t beat the feeling when you have created something new and you see it connect with a crowd that you are DJing to.”
Their music has also been featured in adverts and films for the likes of Chanel and on HBO.
One of Faze Action’s strong points is their live show, which again has seen them connect with audiences on every continent including Glastonbury and US tour support for Groove Armada.