TERRITORY: NORTH AMERICA
A global ambassador of Chicago’s classic house music sound, Gene Farris has spiritedly contributed
to the evolving house and techno culture of this century.
He began playing Acid House, Disco and
the classic Chicago style of his peers at a young age, developing a unique sound that lead him to
performances at Chicago’s legendary underground warehouse parties of the 90s, and a residency at
the Power House. These formative experiences solidified his artistry, launching him into a four year
residency in Amsterdam and an eight year residency at Chicago’s infamous Boom Boom Room.
In 1994 Gene hit the studio with a driving need for innovation and audio exploration. A self-taught
engineer and producer, his work with Cajual, Relief Records, Defected Records, Soma Recordings
and his own breakout label Farris Wheel Recordings, propelled his influence into ever expanding
realms. He has played venues all over the world and massive festival crowds at Coachella, Outside
Lands, Firefly, BPM 2015, Movement and WMC.
Strongly engaged with his city, he performed Chicago’s Wavefront Festival in 2012 and '2013, hosts “Gene Farris & Friends” monthly at Primary, and frequents the booth at Spy Bar. Working closely
with fellow Chicago house legend Cajmere, AKA Green Velvet, has resulted in over 15 collaborative
singles. O’Darlin, from their 2014 Jungle Love EP on Cajual, hit number one on TraxSource, with Gene
producing 3 additional number one hits that year. He went on to sweep the overall 2014 charts:
‘Move Your Body’, “Rules of Engagement” and “Cosmos” took #1, #3 and #5 respectively in top 100
Techno Tracks of the year; ‘The Way To Go’ topped the Jackin chart at #1 for 2014; ‘O’ Darlin’ took
#2 in Soulful House, and to top it off, the #3 Album of the year went to ‘Cosmos’ (Relief Records). Gene’s first Dirtybird release is currently bumping
in the clubs. With tracks dropping on Visionquest, Defected, Cajual and Relief this spring, his insatiable
drive, talent and love of his craft clearly keep him on the cutting-edge, and sharing his wealth of
house music with the world.