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Name? Gene Farris. Age? Won't reveal, but more than
thirty, less than forty.
How should we know him? Gene‘s the one that, in just about every interview he has ever done, calls Scotland his ‘second home'. Also, he's from Chicago and an integral part of that whole mid- 90$ explosion that rocked dance music. What. an earthquake of some sort? Er, not quite. After the initial house thing * went global and then supersonic in the late 805, the Chicago scene went into hibernation. It wasn't until the early/mid-QOs when the likes of
Cajmere, Sneak, Derrick C and pals developed the Chicago house sound that the windy city was put back on the map. And Gene was a part of all that. ‘Chicago house'. good God. another genre? This one's been around for a while, actually (unlike ‘smash house‘ circa the latest Mixmag for Pete's sake). It‘s very funky, slightly banging, really danceable house that goes down a
treat wherever it's played.
Right, so where does this Gene diaracter fit In? Have you been in a cave for the past five years? He is well known in Scotland due to playing both Glasgow and Edinburgh every few months, and he has released on the
very cool Soma label.
So he’s a Soma boy through and through? Not quite. He started on
Relief, put out a couple of twelve inch singles on Forces Inc in Germany as well as on Cajemere's groundbreaking
Cajual print, and then on Soma. He started his own Farris Wheel Records
last year, which has had many folk sitting up and taking notice.
01, producer and label manager. . That’s a few caps. Isn't it? At least he never wears them to the side . . .
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GLASGOW TUESDAYS: CHART & PARTY cont.
I Planet Pop at Qudos (Queen Margaret Union). 10pm-2am. £2 (£1); students and up to four guests. Weekly. Pop, anthemic house and related silliness from Tam Coyle.
I Shooting Stars at The Garage. llpm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Gerry and Iain keep the drunk kids happy with charty house and hits. I The Shimmy at Bennet’s. 11.30pm-3am. £3 (£1.50). A straight and studenty night at the gay venue, with Raymond Davren maintaining the party atmosphere.
I T.I.T. at Trash. 10.30pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Rory Weller with foot stomping house and trance, Graham churning out the student pap in room two and Teeyitee with whatever seems appropriate in the cave.
GLASGOW WEDNESDAYS Pro-chub
I Edward's at Edward’s Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. DJ Louise with hits from the 805.
I Jengaheads at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Ali and Martyn with their beats and loops. Apparently, there are some four deck battle plans for the festive season.
I Shu Hirata at The Cu] De Sac. 8pm-midnight. Splendid jazzy breaks and drum & bass.
I AIgo Differente at Havana. 10.30pm-late. £4 (£3). Weekly. Arrive early for salsa tuition, then revel in the Salsa Sabrosa crew’s high octane Latin set. I Bennet's at Bennet’s. 11.30pm-3am. £2.50 (£1.50). Weekly. Sara‘with an upfront dance mix. Gay. I FAB. at Babaza. 11pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. DJ Skud with garage and nky house, playing to a dressed up crowd. I Ghetto Flava at reds. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Paul N’Jie with a smooth blend of house, garage, R&B and funk. I Joints And Jams at Planet Peach. 11pm-3.15am. £3 (£2). Weekly. High calibre night of hip hop, swing and R&B from Martin Hesketh. I R&B Central at Club Budda. 11pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. The Record Playaz, a.k.a. Naeem and Kash, with the freshest R&B. I Religion at The Tunnel. 11pm—3am. £4 (Call 0141 243 2440 for information). 15 Dec only. The touring club returns, this time with dancing elves, stripping nuns and free gifts for advance ticket holders. Music courtesy of Miss Jo Lively. I Shag Tag at Archaos. 11pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Insanely successful night based on a complex numerical Dining system: everyone gets a number upon entry, then, if someone catches your eye, you write their number on the board next to your own. The lady or gent with the most numbers gets a free bottle of champers. Quite icky, really, but the kids love it. Musicwise, its banging house and trance in the main room and across the board ‘madness’ from CJ downstairs.
Chart is party
I C.J.D. at The A artment 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. tudent frolics with Marcello, Alan Belshaw and Ryan Mathie.
I Klass at Destiny. 10pm-3am. £2 before 11pm; £3 after. Weekly. For those who fancy a party night out, but can’t stand those pesky kids cluttering up the joint. Over 28s only.
I Pop & Tarts at The Cathouse.llpm—3am. Weekly. Free before 11.30pm; £2 (£1.50) after. Weekly. Part -up disco and funk.
I Souped p at The Garage. 10.30pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student pop piffle from Iain Hanlon.
EDINBURGH THURSDAYS Pro-club
I Catwalk at Catwalk. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Open decks session. Phone 225 5583 or 0411 807925 for more information.
I Club Java at Club Java. 10pm-lam. Free. Weekly. A restaurant, bar and club which could be your one-stop shop. The club opens at around 10pm playing mainstream music.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba None. 10pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Great Cuban bar and restaurant with salsa and Latin DJs on rotation.
I Don't Stop at The Cocteau Lounge. Midnight-3am. Free. 9 Dec. Fortnightly. Entrance through The Outhouse Gardens (Broughton Street Lane). Different DJs every night.
I La Fromagerie at The Meadows Bar, downstairs. 9pm-3am. Free. 9 Dec. Fortnightly. Easy listening, mellow jazz, hi-NRG disco and tasty cheese.
I Machine at The Tap O’Lauriston. 8pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Underground indie music, expect punk to Pavement, Sonic Youth to Chemikal Underground. I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. George Mac (Manga) presents all the latest liquid funk, breakbeats and drum & bass at this popular bar.
I Opus De Jazz at The Cocteau Lounge. 8pm-late. Free before 10pm; £3 after. 2 Dec. Fortnightly. Soul diva Nicola King and DJ kau do the mellow jazz and soul thing.
I Salsa Con Sabor at Baracoa. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly. DJ Hector maintains an exceptionally popular salsa night with hot music, great ambience and friendly people. Call 225 5846 or email@example.com for more info.
I Aswang at The Venue. 10.30pm-3am. £6 (£5). 16 Dec. Monthly. Psychedelic trance and dub with DJs from London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Lots of freebies, chillout and some hammocks. I Beat at The Vaults. The Vaults are closed until January.
I Black Projects at La Belle Angele. llpm-3am. £5. 2 Dec. Monthly. Hip hop, drum & bass and house music from Richie Rufftone, Jamie Watt and Ross Duckering for a more studenty crowd. Ross Mitchell guests.
I Block-Party at Noa. 10pm—3am. £3 (£2.50). Weekly. Striking a chord with the punters is this two-room hip hop, beats, funk and drum & bass feast. 3 Piece Sweet guest on 2 Dec. See panel. I C.C. Blooms at C.C. Blooms. llpm-3am. Weekly. Free club downstairs at this popular gay bar, playing a mix of dance and hi-NRG house.
I Da Break at La Belle Angele. 11pm-3am. £4. 16 Dec. Monthly. Popular hip hop night from local contenders.
I Dust at Studio 24. 10pm-3am. £2. Weekly. Popular alternative club offering up a selection of metal, industrial, goth and a bit of punk to an appreciative crowd.
I El Segundo at The Bongo Club. 10pm-3am. £4 (£3). 16 Dec. Monthly. A great night of live hip hop and stuff from this collective of like-minded DJs and MCs. Residents include Red 6, Toastie Tailor (of New Flesh For Old fame), Christo, Bobby Spartacus, Zero, Out of Order and Trenton.
I Future Primitive at The Venue (The Cooler). 10pm-3am. £2. 2 Dec. Monthly. A wide spectrum of dance music - down- tempo weirdness through to nu skool hard techno (midway between Richie Hawtin and Rob Gee, they tell us).
I Havoc at La Belle Angele. 10pm-2am. £5. 9 Dec. Fortnightly. A new night of divine acid jazz and funk with DJs and live bands.
I La Honda at The Bongo Club. 10pm-3am. £4. 9 Dec. Monthly. A new
night of controlled mayhem, with short films, live music and a selection of beats and tunes from Dutch Shultz and Felix (Sublime). Make sure that you head down and check this one out. ‘
I Jazz Joint at Henry’s Cellar Bar. 10pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Rain Forest (2 & 16 Dec) debut the roots reggae sound at the Joint (never been done before, believe it or not) while the Martin Kershaw Quartet (9 Dec) form Scotland’s number one jazz brat pack. The brilliant Unkle Fawaz DJs all nights.
I love Breaks at P0 Na Na. 11pm—3am. £2. Weekly. DJs Simone and Dr Jon do the new and old classics thing.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Still going strong - Sir Ossie offers a mix of salsa and R&B.
I Mode Organic at The Citrus Club. 11pm—3am. £2. Weekly. Ska, mod, northern soul and 605 beats.
I The Money Shot at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm-3am. £3. 2 Dec. Monthly. Healthy hip hop. funk and drum & bass, warming you up will be Eh?Wun!, Richie Rufftone and Nasty P. Jode’s chilli hot artworks will also be on display.
I Negociants at Negociants. 9pm-3am. Free. Weekly. Archie offers up his fave selection of hip hop and ragga.
I Progression at The Venue (top floor). 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). 2 Dec. Monthly. The launch night of this deep trance to progressive house night with DJs Grant Paterson, Derrick Martin and Gav Grant.
Chart 65 party
I The Ark at The Ark. 10pm-3am. £tbc. Weekly. Mind-melting drink promos and full-on party music to take you into the wee hours.
I Bubbalicious at Club Mercado. 10.30pm-3am. £4 (£3 with flyer). Weekly. A new student night at this very gorgeous venue with Vince Stilton the Cheesemaster and suitably discounted bevvy.
I Funky Underground at Revolution. 10pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. The student night at this giant venue with Daddy Cool laying on the cheese.
I Graduate at Gaia. 9pm—3am. Free before midnight; £3 after. Weekly. There’s full-on party music on the main floor, and make sure that you check out the excellent lo-ﬁ and electro upstairs.
I Ignition at Eros/Elite. 9pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. New venue for the mainstream party crowd. Big student night.
I Loca at Loca. 8pm—3am. Free entry before 11 pm; £2 before 1am; £4 after 1am. Weekly. A commercial mix of chart, dance and disco in the city centre.
I Mother's Milk at Wilkie House. 10.30pm-3am. Free. Weekly. Chart and mainstream dance.
I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 4pm—3am. £1. Weekly. DJs playing chart music for a drinking crowd.
I Thursday Night Fever at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm-3am. Students free with matric card before 12.30am or in 705 costume; £3 otherwise. Weekly. ‘Slick- ass funk and disco all night’ for those that wanna go-go.
I Baracoa at Baracoa. 9pm-lam. Free. Weekly. If you’re lucky, you might catch The Cuban Brothers dropping by for a bit of cabaret naughtiness.
I Club Java at Club Java. 10pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Combining restaurant, bar and club in the new development of Commercial Quay. The club starts up around 10pm-ish with DJ Jonny.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. 10pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Flamenco Puro play live. DJs afterwards.
I eh‘l more at ehl. 9pm-lam. Free. DJs on rotation at this popular city centre bar. I Keep It In Czech at Pivo. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. Very popular bar with the in-crowd (they paid me to write that), featuring the cream of local DJs.