Quentin Harris

Quentin HarrisAs a five-year-old he was teaching himself the piano. At thirteen he was making music in his uncle’s recording studio. As a young man he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Eminem, Jay Dee and Slum Village before anyone even knew who they were. And at 20 he was recording sessions as a trumpeter with Aretha Franklin. Prodigy doesn’t even start to cover it when it comes to Quentin Harris. Quentin Harris is a musician, DJ and producer, a leader and innovator in the field of Soulful House (though Harris himself doesn’t confine himself to ‘genres’ and proves it by consistently breaking their boundaries). He came to renown through a string of club hits including his own, ‘Let’s Be Young’, and remixes of Donnie’s ‘Cloud 9’ and Mariah Carey’s ‘Don’t Forget About Us’ and has twice been voted Re-mixer of the Year by his peers at New York’s Underground Archive awards, having worked that Harris magic on tracks by artists ranging from Justin Timberlake to R.E.M over his 15 years experience in the industry.

Born and raised in Detroit amongst a family of musicians, Quentin learned piano and trumpet and eventually took a course in musical education, dropping out when he realised there wasn’t much left for him to learn: “Why should I give you all my money and get myself in debt for something that you can’t teach me,” is how he puts it. But it was true: Quentin didn’t need teaching; music was already a part of his psyche: he had been creating his own Hip-Hop and (more covertly) House music since he was 12 years old.

His style was – and is still – influenced by his Detroit upbringing and not only because of a love of Hip-Hop. He grew up immersed in early techno, blues, funk, soul and Motown and it was his ability to see the potential in every sound and his passion for all types of music that has made him one of the most distinctive and versatile artists of our time. “I have a very diverse following,” he says. “It comes from all of the different musical backgrounds I have; I just incorporate them all into what I do.”

Given his first job in a Detroit record store in the early 90s, Quentin continued to develop his obsession for Hip Hop and House whilst working as a session musician, providing trumpet for contenders at Maurice Malone’s legendary open-mic sessions at


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