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DT814 – Gene Farris


Gene Farris and Basura Boyz usher in a new era of Gene Farris’ label Farris Wheel Limited with the high-octane single Do What I Want

Bonafide Chicago house legend Gene Farris channels close to three decades of underground dance music experience into releases on labels such as Relief, Dirtybird, ViVa Music, Cajul, Soma Recordings, and Defected.  

Since spinning a mix of acid house and disco vinyl at warehouse parties in the early 90s, the producer and DJ has maintained an illustrious live career maintaining an eight-year residency at Chicago’s infamous Boom Boom Room and a four-year residency at Amsterdam’s Jimmy Woo. Gene Farris recent collaboration with AAA producers such as Green Velvet, Jamie Jones, Sonny Fodera, Harry Romero and more have paved the way for major props from BBC Radio 1 and KISS FM.

The versatile producer is known for notable tracks such as Snatch! release Play that has amassed DJ support from Felix Leiter, Gorgon City, Claptone, Defected Records’ cult classic ‘Welcome to Chicago’ EP, and Relief release Move Your Body. Recent Sub Focus collaboration It’s Time gathered over 1M Spotify streams and extensive support from Danny Howard, Charlie Hedges, and Sarah Story on BBC Radio 1 and Fred V on KISS FM. 

Meanwhile, still riding the high of opening for legend Deadmau5 at FWD club this past month, duo Basura Boyz embody the Chicago house music scene in Do What I Want. Discovered on Spotify playlists such as Idris Elba’s DJ Mix and Beats of Tomorrow, the DJs already have releases on labels such as Box of Cats, Off The Grid, and Slightly Sizzled Records.  Singles such as Off The Grid release Slide featuring Ron Carroll, debuted by label boss John Summit at Space Miami, have amassed support from Pete Tong and Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1.  

Gene Farris and Basura Boyz now represent a new era for Farris Wheel Limited, presenting a thumping and self-assured heater. The imprint aims to relaunch with an emphasis on first-rate talent and will see future drops from Dead Space, Sam Divine, and label boss Gene Farris. A meteoric banger set to tear up the dance floor, Do What I Want represents this new era and foreshadows a whole catalogue of scorchers.

Today, he returns to the podcast with a brand new 60-minute mix. Listen to it below, on Mixcloud or iTunes here and download it here.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… 

It’s a fun, sexy journey perfect for a workout!

What’s your personal favourite track on it? 

‘Along Came the Spider’, that’s one of my old tracks. It felt great to play it again!

What’s the special ingredient in this mix? 

It was created at my house where I’m most comfortable

Tell us about your next EP? 

The next big thing I’ve got coming is my album in 2023, I’m very excited about that. Going back to my roots with it with some amazing featured vocalists

What have you got coming up? 

In terms of shows I’ve got Phoenix, Vegas, Tampa, Miami, Indianapolis on Christmas day & my hometown Chicago with Fisher on NYE, I’m super excited to play with Fisher again. Next year I’ve got a Farris Wheel party at Night Trip and some Australian dates

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers? 

I wanna thank everyone who’s been supporting all my music and been to my shows, it means the world to me. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come!


1. Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine – ‘Dr. Pressure’
2. Peace Division – ‘Beatz in Peacez’
3. Truth x Lies – ‘Dos Gardenias’
4. Max Dean – ‘Yes Baby’
5. Fabio Neural & Dj Fronter – ‘Shocked’
6. Carloh – ‘Asi Me Gustas’
7. Green Velvet & Mihalis Safras feat. Dajae – ‘Wurk’
8. MNNR – ‘Enkankaneo’
9. Hugel – ‘Cvmpanile Draxx Tukutu’
10. Fabian Argomedo – ‘Norteando’
11. Brett Johnson & Mikey V – ‘Runaway’
12. Vintage Culture & Gene Farris – ‘Swindler’ (Unreleased)
13. Gene Farris – ‘Along Came The Spider’
14. Odd Mob – ‘Soulja Tool (Brent Betit Shook Edit)’

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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