Over 10 years ago, Leon Michels released his first full length record, Sounding Out The City. It was Michels' first full length record underthe moniker El Michels Affair. At the time, the budding retro soul scene consisted of mostly organ quartets a la The Meters and of course,Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings were in the early days of their ascent to world domination.Leon Michels, who was 18 when recording Sounding Out The City began, had just released Thunder Chicken, the first record by his highschool band The Mighty Imperials. At the time of SOTC, Michels was just discovering early rocksteady, afrobeat, and 60's garage rock,which inevitably crept its way into the songwriting. He purchased a Tascam 388, an 80's 1/4" reel to reel 8 track intended for homerecordings, and began recording music in a 10x10 box with no windows that also doubled as his childhood bedroom. Along with fellowMighty Imperials Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and Sean Solomon, and Michael Leonhart, Thomas Brenneck, and some of themusicians from The Dap Kings, Michels recorded the LP over a two year period.Upon it's release, it received some rave reviews and the small deep funk community ate it up, but due to the lack luster promotion anddistribution the rest of the world was slow to catch on to the instrumental gems featured on SOTC, which Michels appropriately labeledas "cinematic soul". However, in 2005 it found it's way into the hands of the people who were organizing a series of concerts for Scionthat paired bands with MC's. El Michels Affair was contacted about playing one show with Raekwon The Chef of Wu Tang Clan fame. Theshow was such a success it led to a tour, and then to another set of concerts that featured multiple members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Thiseventually led to the release of El Michels Affair's second record, "Enter the 37th Chamber" which introduced them to a much largeraudience and has been their most successful release to date.Michels has since gone on to produce and co-produce numerous records for powerhouse soul artists like Lee Fields. He sharessongwriting credits with Adele, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Aloe Blacc, and has played on records by Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, TheBlack Keys and Dr. John.