Gene Farris takes us inside the 'Cosmos'

A global ambassador of Chicago’s classic house music sound, Gene Farris has spiritedly contributed to the evolving house and techno culture of this century. He started spinning vinyl- Acid House, Disco and the classic Chicago style of his peers. Inspired by Lil’ Louis, Gene developed a unique sound at a young age. In the early 90’s, he played the legendary underground warehouse parties in Chicago, and held a residency at the Power House & his DJ career remains strong to this day.

Guesthouse, Cajual, Relief Records, Defected Records, Soma Recordings are among the many labels that have released his productions to the masses over the years along with his label (Farris Wheel Recordings)

Gene’s ‘Cosmos’ Album is out now on Traxsource & we caught up with him to get a look ‘Inside The Album’ and more with this exclusive interview.


The Interview

1) Congratulations on the new ‘Cosmos’ Album. How is it being received & how are other club DJ’s responding to it?

Thanks so much guys and thanks for the support, much appreciated :) The Album has been received very well! And is getting so much love from so many producers and DJs. Steve Lawler, Felix Da House Cat, Lee Collins & of course Green Velvet & Sonny Fodera just to name a few who have given full support on my new album.. It’s kinda cool!

2) Tell us about the album title “Cosmos”, and the theme, what are you trying to convey to your fans, how did you go about the album making process?

I think it kinda speaks for itself when you think of these four things that match when you try to put a album together, The look (Cover Art), The Title (Cosmos), The Feel (The Music), & The Journey (music arrangement). I believe these things have to all make sense to give a solid body of work. So, I went about making this Album very theme driven, space, stars, black holes… COSMOS! But being very inspired by the From The Mind Of Lil Louis’ Album, it was being played daily to remind me to just do me..

3) Production wise, what makes the Album work?

Production wise what I think makes this album work is that it a global album, it’s not made for America or Chicago I made this album to touch everyone in our industry. ‘Cosmos’ & ‘Can You Feel It?’ for example is more techno, we’re as ‘Along Came The Spider’, and ‘Rules Of Engagement’ are more Tech House, But ‘Never Let You Go’ is full on disco and ‘Body Motion’ is Deep House. My mission was to make a well rounded global album and think I succeed with that…

4) What are some of your favorite tracks on the Album & WHY?

My three favorite tracks on the Album are ‘Along Came The Spider’, ‘Rules Of Engagement’, & ‘Body Motion’, All three for completely different reasons. ‘Along Came The Spider’ was the first from the album released to the public as a instrumental single on relief records, so Green Velvet and I were very interested on how in particularly this track was going to be received by the crowd and I believe the first time I played it out was in Chicago at Lé Freak at Soundbar and it went over massive! Then I spoke to GV and he had done the same thing that weekend at a huge festival and he said he had the same results, and then we knew we were on to something special..

5) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?

Roland TR-909…


6) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?

My Roland TR-909 lol :)

7) Any album parties or touring in place for COSMOS?

Yes I’m currently planning a COSMOS Tour with myself & Dajae and friends:)
It should be sometime this late summer/early fall..

8) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?

Work hard, stay humble and stay true to yourself – no one else’s opinion matters…


Gene Farris’s ‘Cosmos’ Album is out now on Traxsource.


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