Leor Dimant, whose family illegally left the USSR when he was seven, is no stranger to the limelight, big stars, and surviving the turbulent music business. DJ Lethal as he’s known in the industry has backed such phenomenons as Limp Bizkit and House of Pain. Like so many music men, his first influences in sound came from his guitar-playing father, Grisha Dimant.
By the late 80’s a female rapper and friend of DJ Lethal introduced him to Everlast who was on his way to Europe to tour with rap icon Ice-T. DJ Lethal’s beat boxing skills and turntable ability landed the 16 year old a spot on the tour in Europe. The commercial and critical acclaim for Everlast’s first solo album in 1990 which featured scratching by DJ Lethal. Everlast and Lethal decided to form a band that would later explode onto the hip-hop scene for its bold lyrics, up-tempo flare, and its Irish-headed MC’s. The group, known as the House of Pain releases two projects before 1996, going multiplatinum along the way and paving the way for other MC’s with a unique racial background.
In 1996, during House of Pain’s final tour, an opening act, Limp Bizkit became friends with DJ Lethal, eventually hiring him to do work on some of their recordings. DJ Lethal was asked to join the group and the rest is music history. Limp Bizkit, with DJ Lethal on the tables went on to sell over 35 million copies worldwide throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. DJ Lethal again found himself spearheading a successful, non-traditional music outfit.
His unbridled desire and attention to detail landed him gig after gig, year after year, including his work with Limp Bizkit, House of Pain, Cypress Hill and La Coka Nostra, his new band mates. Unlike many of his record spinning counterparts, DJ Lethal’s genre work extends well beyond the typecast.