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unMix The Vibe: Quentin Harris

Various Artists

King Street Sounds
KSD-028 | 2008-03-28  
Credited as re-vitalizing what had become a saturated and tired genre by resisting the very notion of working within genre parameters, Quentin Harris is one of deep house’s newest stars.

With musicality running through his blood, this young Motor City-to-New York City transplant has got the skills to re-invent a genre? Taking formal piano and trumpet lessons by age 12, at age 13 doing session work with an uncle and by 14 was performing live with his Aunt's blues band. Fast forward a few years and 20-year-old Quentin was in the studio working as a session musician with Aretha Franklin.

Quentin soon discovered hip-hop and house music culture, regularly stepping toe-to-toe with then unknowns Eminem and Slum Village at then promoter Maurice Malone's seminal open mic sessions at The Hip Hop Shop on 7 Mile, while feeding a 12” vinyl addiction at the legendary Record Time store.

Moving to New York in 1998, Quentin has made a name as THE go-to remixer for major label R&B hits, delivering genre-shattering dance hits by Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Coldplay, Maroon5, Shakira, India.Arie, and Floetry. His original productions have him winning the respect of musically diverse A-List DJ’s Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Craig, Frankie Knuckles, Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez, Deep Dish, Derrick Carter, Francois K, Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit.

His edition of King Street’s Mix The Vibe compilation series reflects this risky behavior, laying down a variety of tracks from vocal house and vocals laid over techy tracks to straight up techy and afro-house tinged electronic / tribal cuts.

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