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Posted Aug 12, 2010 in Music | 0 Comments

QUENTIN HARRIS

In this day and age where everyone, their moms & their miniature yapping dogs want a piece of  the “dance music game” and where the over exploitation of the style has brought forward some less then desirable radio friendly tracks, there are still those Dance Music artists that stay true to themselves and actually pour their hearts into the music they produce for the dancing folks. One of these artists is without a doubt the legendary New York dj/producer Quentin Harris.

Although he’s made his mark in the past decade, Quentin Harris has been making music much longer. Raised in Detroit, Quentin was something of prodigy as a kid, teaching himself to play piano to such a level that by the time he was able to take lessons he’d already outgrown the teachers themselves. The route to the studio came through an uncle who fancied himself an MC and enrolled the kid with the musical chops in the venture. An interning gig at Anita Baker-producer Michael Powell’s Vanguard Studios enabled Quentin to develop his R&B skills playing for music legends such as Aretha Franklin. At home, furiously working on beats, he was noticed by NY MCs Masterminds who loved what he did and used some of his tracks on their hiphop debut. Now Quentin Harris has become one of the most in-demand remixers in the world, adding necessary club sheen to R&B vocals, house tracks and frequently turning the proverbial turd into a polished diamond. No wonder he’s been called on to remix everyone from Justin Timberlake and Mariah Carey to Femi Kuti and Blaze to Jill Scott.

This May saw the release of his sophomore album, “Sac•ri•fice,” the follow-up to 2006’s “No Politics,” a collection that encompasses Harris’ widescreen house vista. “There was a year of frustration because of writers’ block and also, I was hearing a lot of records that I felt were copying my sounds and I was challenged with trying to come up with something new without alienating my fan base. I hope I’ve succeeded. If I had to describe “Sac•ri•fice” sonically, I would say that it sounds like the album Prince, Murk and I would make together, if such a dream session should ever happen.”

Harris’ success has been built on the rare ability to straddle genres effortlessly, with productions that gracefully sit between the soulful end of the Shelter and the tougher sound that many European audiences demand. Danny Tenaglia called it Hard and Soul and Quentin surely lives up to it.  That polymath approach to music would surprise few who have heard Quentin’s studio output or his extended live sets. Whether he’s wowing crowds in Ibiza with a dose of Leela James or delving deep into his creative reserves for another genre-defying re-production, Quentin Harris is the man who can. No politics, no doubt.

You can find Sacrifice on iTunes and all other online music providers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz9T5PLWImo&NR=1

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