A St. Louis native, Leon Lamont came to prominence in New York City, when he appeared as one of the drummers on DJ Logic’s Debut album Project Logic. After recording and touring with DJ Logic in support of his Rope-A-Dope records debut, Lamont became well known on the downtown NYC Experimental Jazz scene as a professional drummer and has played with such artists as Melvin Gibbs, Vernon Reid, Joshua Redman, John Medeski, Chris Wood, Chocolate Genius, Biz Markie, Anti-Pop Consortium, Apollo Heights, Dead Prez, Martina Topley-Bird, and Genes & Machines at such venues as The Knitting Factory, Tonic, Wetlands and Irving Plaza. After finishing the first leg of the American tour supporting Medeski, Martin & Wood as the drummer for DJ Logic’s Project Logic band, Lamont returned to New York and signed a solo artist deal with Brooklyn, NY based, independent label, Wordsound Recordings.
Lamont produced his first solo effort as a MIDI composer/drummer with engineer/producer Scotty Hard. Scotty Hard is known for his work with such artist as Wu-Tang Clan, Lisa Stansfield, Prince Paul, De La Soul and Chris Rock. On his solo release titled Breakbeat Mechanic, Lamont took the unconventional approach of producing an Experimental Drum & Bass record that didn’t use any phrase samples and instead featured original MIDI tracks composed by Lamont while he played the drums live at 170BPM. In support of the release Breakbeat Mechanic, Lamont performed the pieces live with just a MIDI sequencer and drum set as he toured Europe appearing in such places as Berlin, Paris, Switzerland, Austria and Poland. At the end of his European Wordsound Tour, Lamont added the title of DJ to his many talents and returned to his hometown of St. Louis, MO.
Lamont began his journey into filmmaking in 2005 as composer for a grant funded experimental multimedia play turned film titled “Secret” produced by Zio-11 Productions. The multimedia play and film were based on FBI files kept on St. Louis native Josephine Baker. The film version of Secret, featuring Leon Lamont’s remix and MIDI compositions, would later be accepted for screening during the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2009, Lamont linked up with Grammy Winning Artist, Vernon Reid (of Living Colour fame) to work with Reid on his multimedia project titled Artificial Afrika. Lamont entered the project as video editor, sound designer, drummer and DJ, performing the multimedia piece live alongside Reid, DJ Logic and Akim Funk Buddha at the World Finance Center Winter Garden in New York in the fall season of 2009. In 2011, Lamont performed as both drummer and DJ with Artificial Afrika as part of the New York Winter Jazz Festival at Le Poisson Rouge while also recording drum tracks at Headgear Recording in Brooklyn, NY for the Genes and Machines debut release titled Heart Shaped Ass featuring Leon Gruenbaum and Ava Farber. The following year, 2012, would mark Leon Lamont's live stage acting debut during a month-long residency of the theatrical version of Artificial Afrika at New York's famed Dixon Place located in the lower east side of Manhattan, NY.
Leon Lamont currently continues to work as a DJ, professional drummer and MIDI composer creating various multimedia projects and curating his Netlabel Num Num Nah Records