I think that people should listen more to the music instead of watching.”

Brussels, Belgium
Brownswood, Blue Note, !K7 Records

The word “tastemaker” certainly gets a thrown around a lot whenever Lefto’s name pops up. Listen to any one of his Boiler Room sets or Studio Brussel’s radio shows and you’ll hear why. Rarely do two sets ever sound the same, and it’s not unusual for the Belgian DJ to jump effortlessly between neck-snapping hip hop R B to afro-futurist jazz, to Turkish folk, to the unclassifiable.

LeFTO refined his knack for digging while working at record store Music Mania in his hometown Brussels, immersing himself in hip hop and jazz - the latter eventually turning into a remix album with Blue Note. He’s also heavily affiliated with Brownswood Records and Gilles Peterson, as well as BBE records and Stones Throw, and - we’re proud to say - is a long time friend of Serato.

Watch our interview below to learn more about the eclectic DJ and check snippets of his recent set in New Zealand.

Catching up with LeFtO

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