Haris Beatport


London based DJ producer Haris’ pedigree as a DJ, instrumentalist, composer and producer is truly first class. His groovy dance floor sound is an eclectic fusion of electric and pure, jazzy and breaky, organic and synthetic, it’s trippy yet emotive, clubby and uplifting.Haris’ music can be credited with influencing the sound of the scene’s main players and his musical method is more sophisticated than the monochrome, one-dimensional mentality club music is often associated with. His original musical work has appeared on a raft of respected record labels – The End, Oblong, Get Groovy, Swag, Funk nose, Detour, Transfusion, as well as his own Laus and Ekstreme imprints, he also remixed various artists including Eminem, Royce 59 and Blaze.His crossover approach to underground house has attracted the attention of many and his tracks are often played by Premier league Djs like Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Howells, Paul Oakenfold, Hernan Cattaneo, Laurent Garnier, Mr C, James Zabiela. Therefore his music have appeared on various CD compilations – Justin Robertson Imprint on Distinctive, Chris Fortier Compiled and Unmixed on Bedrock, Doc Martin’s 10 on Fabric and Sancho Panza’s Carnival on My Records. It’s an aesthetic that Haris adheres to in his DJing and his fluid, smoothly pieced together sets span electric, deep, tech house, techno funk and breaks and as a rule avoiding the tracky style djing. Haris’ unique performance has also secured him gigs at Fabric and Turnmills in London, Pacha in Buenos Aires, Zouk in Singapore, Maniac Love in Tokyo, MTV Electronic Music Festival in Croatia as well as various clubs in Europe, USA, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Although deeply involved in club music, Haris’ background and influences are less conventional than those of the archetypal DJ. Inspired by his late parent Dedan a well known musician, Haris attended music school from very early age, learnt to play the violin, piano and guitar (instruments that often feature on his work) and acquired a Roland D-20 workstation that he used to made his first tracks. Some of his vast influences include electronica pioneers like Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield as well as jazz-funk artists like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Miles Davies and Roy Ayers. In the early 90s Haris wanted to give his musical skills a bigger boost so he was getting more busy playing in bands, working in studios, mastering his skills and finding the ways how chords, melodies and musical structures can be incorporated into electronic music.Apart from his studio and band work he was also discovering London’s vibrant club scene and was a regular face at many clubs and venues. Hooking up with people like Terry Francis, MR C, Colin Dale and Dave Mothersole, Haris soon became a chief engineer at a Swag Recordings studio where he co-produced and played instruments on many of the tracks released on many UK and international labels. In early 2000 he set up his own commercial studio and a record label distributed by Prime Distribution, one of the biggest at the time. Having gained recognition and experience in the club milieu it seems that Haris is set to spread his creative wings far and wide. His willingness to branch out and defy categorisation has resulted in his latest experiment, namely setting up a crossover live-electronic band in order to push the boundaries and add another dimension to this sound. That’s what’s really driving Haris at the moment as well as his concept artist album featuring guest musicians and vocalists and lot of thought, time and effort is being put into it making sure it sounds unlike anything else. All that is not to suggest that Haris is about to desert his house roots as he’s already planning more singles on Laus and other labels. Having lent underground dance music a distinctive touch, rest assured that Haris’ album will also be characterised by a unique fusion of the organic and the electronic, an interface where a world of possibilities are about to be explored.