Gene Farris + Friends presents: Mark Farina

Gene Farris + Friends presents: Mark Farina

Gene Farris + Friends presents: Mark Farina

DIZ

Sat, February 4, 2017

10:00 pm

$10.00 - $300.00

This event is 21 and over

Gene Farris
Gene Farris
House Music Producer / DJ,
CEO & Founder of Farris Wheel Recordings
Biography
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 started spinning vinyl- Acid House, Disco and the classic Chicago style of his peers. Inspired by Lil' Louis, Gene developed a unique sound at a young age. In the early 90’s, he played the legendary underground warehouse parties in Chicago, and held a residency at the Power House, two experiences that solidified his career behind the decks. During this formative time Gene continued to DJ, holding an eight year residency at Chicago’s infamous Boom Boom Room, plus a four year residency at Jimmy Woo in Amsterdam.

In 1994 Gene hit the studio with a profound sense of innovation and audio brilliance. As 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. More recently Gene has been spotted mixing funky beats for massive crowds at Coachella, Outside Lands and Firefly in 2013.

Gene remains a strong supporter of his roots, playing Wavefront in Chicago '12 and '13. Visitors to Chicago can catch Gene hosting the 'Le Freak' event at Soundbar, a monthly at Primary and frequenting Spy Bar. Gene works closely with fellow Chicago house legend Cajmere, AKA Green Velvet. The two have worked in collaboration on over 13 singles. The most recent, O’Darlin from the Jungle Love EP (Cajual Records) hit number one on TraxSource this year. In 2014 alone Gene has had three additional number one hits; ‘Phoenix’ (Guest House), ‘Jackin’(Farris Wheel Recordings) and ‘Along Came The Spider’ (Relief Records). Continuing evidence of his insatiable ambition, talent for production and creative instincts for crafting tracks that give new life to classic samples and old school beats.

Cajual Records and Farris Wheel Recordings tenaciously release momentous tracks from artists internationally, including Gene's newest album, "Cosmos". The album features songs with Dajae, Cajmere, Sonny Fodera, and Dj Mes, which will also be out on Relief Records in June 2014.
Gene is passionate about growing Farris Wheel Recordings, producing bangers and sharing the wealth of house music with the world. Working with phenomenal producers and artists, is only developing his style and skill further. There is more to come and with the talent and vision Gene possesses the world of House music has nothing but gratitude.
DIZ
If life is about "being in the right place at the right time," then Diz's timing could not have been better. Born and raised in Chicago, the original epicenter of the House Music uni-verse, his adolescence coincided with the beginnings of that city's legendary scene. Nowadays, if you mention Diz's name amongst House aficionados, you are almost cer-tain to hear adoration and respect for his insane DJ skills, stage presence, and warm-hearted personality.


Diz's musical influences started at home, where his mother's love for Jazz led him to pursue the saxophone for many years. His DJ beginnings were about whatever he could get his hands on, like Disco and old Breaks records inherited from family members. When he was 14, his older brother took him to The Music Box, where Diz witnessed the true potential of House Music: to affect people's emotions and bring them together on a collective journey. He's been striving to do just that ever since, and in the process, has become a faithful participant in the music, the culture, and the times.


Throughout high school, he frequented parties featuring DJs such as Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, Farley and many other masters, and finally had a chance to break into the scene at age 19 after meeting contemporaries Mark Farina, Derrick Carter and Spencer Kincey (Gemini). His early gigs were at Alcazar with Gemini, and at one-off parties. At his Wicker Park loft, what started as a means of paying the rent developed into a two-year run as a nightclub, featuring Diz, Farina and Mark Grant on the decks. Soon after-wards, he and his friends took over Shelter, one of the city's "most severe night spots." >From roughly 1993-98, Diz was the Friday resident at Shelter, and the Saturday resi-dent at Red Dog alongside Johnny Fiasco, and since then has held many residencies at other legendary Chicago spots.


In 1995, Diz accepted a job working for his brother's friend, Anthony Pearson (Chez Damier), at PRESCRIPTION (the label founded by Chez and Ron Trent). PRESCRIP-TION conducted distribution business with CAJUAL, and that is how Diz met his future producing partner and close friend, Joshua (whose nickname as fate would have it, was "Iz").


In 1995, Iz n Diz produced their first record together, "Ghosts in Detroit," released on PRESCRIPTION's sub-label, BALANCE. A year later, Joshua/Iz moved back to San Francisco, but he and Diz maintained a close friendship over the years and continue to produce together for labels like CLASSIC, AESOTERIC, GUIDANCE, TWEEKIN', SIL-VER NETWORK, and PANHANDLE.


Diz is currently on a touring tear taking him one of the planet to the other while some-how finding time to finish up an album with mate Iz, coming soon!
Band Interests
The Freaks...
Artists We Also Like
Ron Hardy, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Gemini, Dj Heather, Sneak, Wally Callerio, Home & Garden to name a few.
Venue Information:
Primary Night Club
5 West Division
Chicago, IL, 60610
http://primarychi.com