Monday, June 23, 2008

about Paul Farris

Fresh from leaving school Paul worked behind the counter at his local record store whilst simultaneously playing and promoting parties and club nights. Many years, many clubs and much vinyl later, Paul's extensive music knowledge and retail experience led to the conception of a new record store - in the heart of London's Soho.

In 1995 Uptown Records opened its doors, and with Paul as Manager quickly established itself as one of the leading independent dance music stores in the UK. It was during his time here that Paul - under the guise of Shere Khan, with ATFC - produced ‘Jungle Juicy Funk' which received worldwide support and appeared on an early Defected In the House compilation.

With almost two decades of industry experience and contacts under his belt, establishing his own promotions company was a natural progression for Paul. FourFour Promotions, looked after the promotional interests of the some of the industry's best including the ShapeshiftersSandy Rivera & Deep Vision, Blaze & West End Records, Inaya Day and Mousse T with Peppermint Jam, Soulfuric, Knee Deep, Purple Music, MoreHouse and more.

Amongst the ranks of Defected Management, Paul was a resident DJ for Defected throughout the label's history. Much respected and acknowledged for his never-wavering commitment to quality house, a set from Paul encompasses the most upfront tunes combined with essential house classics.

Behind the decks, Paul residencies have included Ministry of Sound, Kindergarten Klub, and Sounds Heavenly, plus regular guests slots at some of the worlds best clubs including Ministry of Sound, Garage City, Fabric, Pacha, The Cross, Turnmills, The End, AKA, Heaven, Traffic (Coventry), Cool House (Cardiff), Heritage (Leeds), Cherry Jam (London), Out In The Sticks (Todmorden), The Zap (Brighton), Blend (Derby), Thompson's Garage (Belfast), Tank (Sydney), Alhambra (Brisbane), Family (Melbourne), She events (Sydney), House Kick (Zurich), D Club (Switzerland), Twisted (Vienna), Import (Warsaw), Night People (London), Independence (London), & Pravda (Switzerland).

Paul helped launch the hugely successful House Music Awards in London in 2004 attended by Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Frankie knuckles, the Shapeshifters, Ben Watt, Reel People, Ron Caroll, Danny Rampling, Junior Jack, Martin Solveig, Nic Fanciulli, Inaya Day, ATFC, CJ Mackintosh and many more.
Later the same year Ministry of Sound approached Paul to launch, compile and mix the very first Housexy compilation. He then joined Defected Records as Online Marketing Manager and contributed to helping establish Defected as one of the preeminent dance music labels of today.

Now living in Brisbane Australia, Paul Farris can be heard playing at various events across Australia.

1 comment:

mr windows said...

Again Paul. your missin out all the early gigs. what about the legendary nights at busters? not embarresssed of them nights are you? or just your mates dancin ? oh they were the nights