in CREME DE LA CREME 3rd Anniversary
a Monthly Ritual of the Best of Music of Different Genres: House vs R&B!
31st January 2009
"WINNER - Best Club of The Year 2008" - Paranoia Awrds
supports by CREME DE LA CREME resident DJ CREAM
about QUENTIN HARRIS
As a five-year-old he was teaching himself the piano. At thirteen he was making music in his uncle’s recording studio. As a young man he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Eminem, Jay Dee and Slum Village before anyone even knew who they were. And at 20 he was recording sessions as a trumpeter with Aretha Franklin. Prodigy doesn’t even start to cover it when it comes to Quentin Harris.
Quentin Harris is a musician, DJ and producer, a leader and innovator in the field of Soulful House (though Harris himself doesn’t confine himself to ‘genres’ and proves it by consistently breaking their boundaries). He came to renown through a string of club hits including his own, ‘Let’s Be Young’, and remixes of Donnie’s ‘Cloud 9’ and Mariah Carey’s ‘Don’t Forget About Us’ and has twice been voted Re-mixer of the Year by his peers at New York’s Underground Archive awards, having worked that Harris magic on tracks by artists ranging from Justin Timberlake to R.E.M.
Quentin didn’t need teaching; music was already a part of his psyche: he had been creating his own Hip-Hop and (more covertly) House music since he was 12 years old.
His style was - and is still - influenced by his Detroit upbringing and not only because of a love of Hip-Hop. He grew up immersed in early techno, blues, funk, soul and Motown and it was his ability to see the potential in every sound and his passion for all types of music that has made him one of the most distinctive and versatile artists of our time.
Quentin first experienced success as a producer for Hip-Hop outfit Masterminds and was able to quench his thirst for the New York scene on his visits to work with them.
It was this ability to experiment and force musical worlds to collide that led to Quentin catching the ear of some of New York’s finest House-music professionals and in 2001 a copy of a Quentin Harris India Arie remix made its way into the hands of his idol, club DJ Timmy Regisford and, as Harris puts it, “the rest is history” It was the beginning of a relationship that would establish Quentin as a regular DJ at Shelter and lead him to international recognition.
Since 2001 Quentin’s career has spiralled to dizzy heights. The track ‘Let’s Be Young’ established him as a major-player in the Europe House scene and his records are at the top of dance charts and DJ play-lists from Japan to South Africa.
His debut album No, Politics (released on STRICTLY RHYTHM) was released in 2007 and is already achieving “classic” status, containing as it does some of Quentin’s original house classics alongside more recent and diverse material. “No Politics is a small window into my crazy mind, and my mind is only going to get crazier,” he warns.
Mid-2007 saw Quentin launch his own night - Kiss My Black Ass - a party, open to everyone, which combines all of the elements of Quentin’s vision for a dance scene that knows no boundaries. “I feel music is something that brings people together."
Hard-working and visionary, Quentin is respected by peers and fans alike. Three new singles are set to be released in the coming year – ‘My Joy’, ‘Joy’ and ‘Can’t Stop’; and though you can never quite tell what Quentin will come up with next, you can always tell, without a doubt, that it’s going to be mind-blowing.