DJ, label chief, promotions company owner, radio presenter & magazine contributor, Paul Farris is one the UK’s most respected house figures.
Embarking early on his music industry career, Paul worked behind the counter whilst simultaneously playing and promoting nights, directly out of school. 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’, with its Bootsy Collins vocals and soul & funk influences.
Paul has been a resident DJ with Defected throughout the label’s history. Much respected and acknowledged for his never wavering commitment to soulful house, a set from Paul will encompass the most upfront soulful tunes, combined with essential house classics.
Paul has residencies at Ministry of Sound, Kindergarten Klub, Sounds Heavenly, plus regular guests slots at some of the UK & Europe’s best clubs including Pacha, The Cross, AKA & The End, Heaven, Traffic (Coventry), Angel Deelite (Manchester), Cool House (Cardiff), Heritage (Leeds), Cherry Jam & Neighbourhood (London), The Escape Club (Brighton), Blend (Derby), Thompson’s Garage (Belfast), House Kick (Zurich), D Club (Switzerland), Twisted (Vienna), Import (Warsaw), Night People (London), Independence (London), & Pravda (Switzerland).
After nearly eight years running Uptown, Paul left to set up his own promotions company. In one short year, FourFour has flourished and now works with some of the industry’s best labels – including West End Records, Soulfuric, Purple Music, Kidology, JellyBean Recordings, Tommy Boy, MoreHouse; and artists – including Jazz N Groove, Julius Papp, Mark Wilkinson, Cleptomaniacs & Copyright.
Con Brio – musical terminology meaning “With Spirit” is the name of Paul’s new UK label. Dedicated to releasing quality house music of all genres, the first release, Soularis EP “Don’t Change” & “Taste” received support from the likes of ATFC, DJ Mag, Seamus Haji, CJ Mackintosh, Slammin Boys, Music Week, Ministry Radio, Mike Gray & Jask. Release #2 is to be promoted in early spring.
Paul’s guest mixes can be heard on Radio 1, Radio 1xtra, the Galaxy Network, Ministry Of Sound Radio, Hed Kandi, Power FM, Viking FM, Beat 106, Vibe 101.
As “resident” for one of the UK’s leading dance magazines, M8, Paul’s monthly page is dedicated to the latest music, club and industry news.