Profile - Killa Kela
- David Pollock
- 20 September 2007
Name: Killa Kela
Occupation: Internationally renowned beatboxer extraordinaire, collaborator to the stars, sometime gossip magazine mainstay.
Where’s he from? Twenty-eight year old Lee Potter is originally from Billingshurst, West Sussex, and he first got into beatboxing by, as he recalls, annoying his mum by doing weird things with his voice when he was a small boy, then hearing Biz Markie do it on the radio and recognising a kindred spirit. In his teens, young Lee used to escape the nine-to-five dullness of Billingshurst by escaping to London at the weekend, which is where he met fellow beginners Roots Manuva and Shortee Blitz, and hooked up with the 360 Physicals crew. His break came when he sent a demo tape to DJ Vadim, whose label financed his first release.
What’s he done? Released the albums The Permanent Marker and Elocution, the new single ‘Reveal Your Inner Self’, and been a member of the Rock Steady and Scratch Pervert crews. In fact, Kela’s new mix CD, which this tour promotes, is a collaboration with Plus One of Scratch Perverts, entitled On Tour Van Damage – the show will be fully live, with DJ Skeletrik and Spider J.
Where else might I know him from? Just about everywhere, it seems. A man whose singular talent is just about as large as his knack for self-promotion, Kela has appeared onstage with Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Super Furry Animals. The blog on his website tells excitedly of the occasion recently where he jammed at a Prince aftershow in London alongside support act Nikka Costa and Prince himself, while it also reveals he’s been in the studio with Plan B and new rave munchkins Hadouken! and Does It Offend You, Yeah? Or maybe you’ve just seen him punting Fruit Pastilles or heard about his recent relationship with Patsy Kensit.
Killa Kela plays Soul Biscuits at Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Sep