Justin Harris’ career started out in the early days of House Music beginning in warehouses, fields and occasionally clubs of the UK in the late 80’s.
Alongside such luminaries as DIY Sound System, Mr. C, Eddie Richards, Colin Dale, Nigel Casey (House of 909) and a host of other legendary DJ’s and sound systems. It’s fair to say that Justin played a substantial part in shaping the house music scene into the global force it is now.. Around 1995, Harris moved to London from Bournemouth to expand his horizons. At a dark and deep warehouse party in East London, he literally tripped over Luke Solomon and after a garbled conversation, the possibility of Freaks was born. Studio’s were booked! This was to be the start of a 20 year partnership, so far leading to the creation of four albums, well over 100 EP’s, live performances and countless remixes for artists such as Matthew Herbert, Derrick Carter, Greenskeepers, Markus Nikolai, Tiefschwarz, Matt Tolfrey, Dave Aju, Gene Farris & Sonny Fodera, Soft Cell, Damon Albarn & the list goes on …In more recent years, releases have come on esteemed labels Hot Creations, Visionquest, Circus Recordings, Crosstown Rebels, Leftroom, Playhouse, Perlon, Silver Network and Rebirth amongst others. Freaks last album ‘Psych’ on Rebirth Records was a culmination of eight years work which had fantastic reviews and made DJ Mag’s Album of the month. In 2017, they released an EP of lost works on the wonderful Circus Company called Stuff We Forgot to critical acclaim and recent escapades from Freaks have included an EP on the unstoppable Eat’s Everything’s label Edible, with a remix from Josh Wink. Ask any DJ worth their weight and they’ll attest to the fact that Freaks productions along with their co-owned label, Music For Freaks were creative landmarks in house music and electronic music production, bending people’s perceptions and pushing the boundaries of house.
So, it was without hesitation that Justin & Luke decided to re-launch the label back in 2015. It had been a long time ago since them Freaks, built a bridge with Chicago and created an island that absorbed a community of fellow house music misfits. Fast forward to now and spearheaded by Justin Harris, the label’s misfits include Luciano, Soul Clap, Bear Who?, Bertha (Diz Washington), Villalobos, Demuir, Dan Ghenacia, Chris Carrier, Dave Aju, Mr. Tophat, Argy, Honey Dijon, Tuff City Kids, Jozif, SoulPhiction, Lil Mark & Mikey V, Wyatt Agard & Nick Maurer and Thatmanmonkz .
Justin has also forged a successful solo career releasing numerous EP’s for labels such as Apollo Records, I’m A House Gangster, O’black Records, Classic Recordings, Viva, Natural Rhythm Something Different, Paper Recordings, Pack Up And Dance, Eclectic Avenue Records (EAR) and Sculpture Records. He’s also remixed for a string of labels including Djebali, Natural Rhythm, Secret Life, Vizual, Myna Music, Homecoming, Something Different, Bulletdodge,, Seamless, Punks, Sculpture, Don’t Be Afraid and DotBleep Recordings. Most recently he released an EP on Apollo Records, remixes of Robert Owens and Dirty Sole and released two EP’s for I’m A House Gangster which included his superbly produced track, ‘Random Jazz’, supported & featured heavily by Pete Tong on his Radio 1 show. His release on Music For Freaks ‘The Remember EP’ featured the vocal skills of Blondewearingblack who’s vocals have also been gracing the works of MR.G and David Morales.
DJ’ing has always been in Justin’s heart and is, in his own words, the foundation and inspiration for all the music he makes… His 30 year DJ career has seen him play thousands of parties at venues all over the world including Fabric (UK), Fuse (Brussels), Rex (Paris), Skanssen (Oslo), Lolita (Barcelona), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), Watergate (Berlin), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Back To Basics (Leeds,UK), Sankeys (Manchester-UK), Homelands Festival UK, The Glade Festival, Boardmasters Festival, Shindig Festival and recently headlined Campo Sancho in the UK. He has also enjoyed international tours in America, Australia, South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Worth mentioning is that Justin also had the honour of recording the After Hours Mix for Tong on BBC Radio 1, a highlight in any DJ’s career.
So, after making the bold leap to live Ibiza in 2015, things took a wonderful step up with a weekly show on Sonica Radio which ran for two years. Justin has fitted in perfectly to the island, DJ’ing at Zoo Project, Cafe Del Mar, Pacha, Space and Sankeys. But by far the greatest achievement are the Music For Freaks parties that have lifted the roof off of Pikes Ibiza for over 4 years. The residency started in May 2016 with guests from the ever growing Music For Freaks family, appearing throughout the summers including Dan Ghenacia, Dave Aju, Lord Leopard, Mr. Top Hat, Jozif, Luke Solomon (with Justin as Freaks), Lil Mark, Jonny Rock, Javi Bora, Juan Corbi and surprise appearances from DJ SNEAK. MFF have also enjoyed a residency at Bright – Sankeys (now Octan, Ibiza). After the world-wide pause in proceedings thanks to Covid, MFF have continued to make parties for their followers and last summer enjoyed a weekly party at the gorgeous new 528 venue in Benimussa Ibiza as well as more select dates at Pikes and The Standard Hotel. 2023 promises more of the same with dates already in the diary for MFF at Pikes Ibiza and the legendary Shindig festival UK.
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