Rene Reyes aka GENR8 is a man of many guises. He has been an integral part in several production power houses throughout the years and today continues to push the boundaries of electronic music production. Rene started out djing in Miami for several years before taking aim at producing, and has been passionate about primarily drum & bass production since. Back in 2004, Rene started production duo Alliance alongside pop music producer The Illfactor. The same year, they won a remix competition put together by Intercom Records for which they released their first single “Jive”. Alliance went on to release several dance floor smashers on labels such as Incite, Nemesis and Cymbalism.
The year 2005 was a big one for GENR8 and his Alliance project. Alliance was picked up by Dieselboy’s Human imprint for a ground-tearing dnb remix of dance icon BT’s “The Great Escape". The remix was later included on a compilation titled, “The Human Resource,” which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Electronic Album chart. Around the same time, Rene caught the attention of Vegas and Maldini from legendary dnb group Bad Company. They quickly picked him up for the first two compilation releases on the now well established, Bad Taste Records.
Based in Miami at the time, Rene was invited by four-time world champion turntablist DJ Craze to collaborate on some tunes for his new dnb label, Cartel Inc. Out of those sessions he released two songs alongside Infiltrata (12th Planet) and Craze himself. In 2007, GENR8 teamed up with South Africa’s darkchilds Counterstrike for a melodic, but deadly track that caught the attention of famed US glitch’n’bass mob, Evol Intent. The tune was released later that year on their on imprint, Evol Intent Recs. GENR8 was also highly influential in the success of another production project known as The Chosen. Under The Chosen, he has had releases with reputable labels such as Habit, Nemesis and recently Ohm Resistance.
As Rene pursued his passion for the music, he also managed to swiftly incorporate his skills in the professional sound engineering world. With a touch of luck and plenty of determination, he landed a full-time engineering gig doing audio post for a busy studio in Miami parallel to his underground movement. Eventually he decided to get out of the hectic world of mainstream audio production, and took up an opportunity to teach what he loved most to hungry minds at the prestigious Fullsail University in Orlando, FL. In 2008, he made the big move cross country to Los Angeles for an opportunity to teach at the Los Angeles Recording School where he currently runs the school’s electronic production clinics along with instructing in various audio engineering courses.
The past two years have found GENR8 in a state of constant transition and internal growth as he has decided to focus on developing his solo sound. In ‘08, he linked up with Gridlok and landed a tune on his Project 51 imprint on a compilation with US dnb godfather AK1200 titled “Autopsy” which was nominated for a Grammy award later that year. In ’09, he was approached by AK to remix legendary underground rock band Prong’s “Pure Ether” for a compilation titled “Power of the Damned mixxxer” released later that year.
In 10’ GENR8’s releases Included a track for Skynet’s Nvision imprint released on 12" as well as two tunes for a digital compilation titled “Edge of Expansion”. Also two tunes on AK1200’s Big Riddims VIP,A neuro scorcher remix of N.Y.’s Empress’ Aliennation to debut her Empower Label. On the pipeline in 11’, several colabs with philly’s Koldfront trio (a.k.a Jae Kennedy, Karl K, and Kaos) to be released on their upcoming Koldfront label as well as a mean dubstep remix of their “Soul On Fire” classic, also colabs with Psidream, Legion, Rawtee as well as more remix work for a few breakthrough pop artists.
Genr8 sites making music and djing as his main mediums of artistic release, and a craft he has honed over years in the studio and djing for fans across coasts. He sites a broad range of influences including orchestral (drum corp), hip hop, funk, freestyle Miami bass, heavy metal, alternative rock, fusion & acid jazz, new age, techno, hardcore, and house. Currently focusing on his solo career, Genr8 is excited for future projects and continues to work with drum & bass, dubstep, and house, to reach bold new musical scapes while keeping the bass bins bumpen. To him, these three genres “lend themselves perfectly to a diverse and balanced representation of were dance music is today”.