Gene Hunt – “I Would Never Leave The House Without Taking A Record With Me”


Gene Hunt – “I Would Never Leave The House Without Taking A Record With Me”

Gene Hunt’s first release was on the infamous TRAX imprint and he swiftly followed it up with a string of tracks that were personified by a strong influence from Detroit. Deep strings mixed with intricate drum patterns were his trademark and his Melodies EP for Nepenta was one of the labels first hits. A Chicago house music pioneer, and World Class deejay, Gene has collaborated with a range of critically-acclaimed artists and producers, including Adam Beyer, Cari Lekebusch, Carl Cox, Paul Johnson, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Frankie Knuckles, and Ron Hardy. A key contributor who helped shape house and techno music worldwide, Gene is no doubt a true innovator of the Chicago house sound. Check out his exclusive Q&A with S&S below.

S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it?
Gene Hunt: I am a all around sound architect of disco house and edm 4/4 for life

S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music?
Gene Hunt: Both my grand fathers where in the music biz one a dj the other a jazz musician.

S&S: What drives you creatively?
Gene Hunt: the passion and desire for the sound and my family and my spirit for house music

S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection?
Gene Hunt: I love to inspire and teach to those who don’t know and the ones that do know re teach an evolving method

S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working?
Gene Hunt: Acid jazz,neo soul classic r&b and funk

S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family?
Gene Hunt: My mother and grandmother said I would put a 45 record on the wheel of my bike and I would never leave the house without taking a record with me

S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you?
Gene Hunt: I truly enjoy what I do and my effort is to please those that support me

S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about?
Gene Hunt: I’ve worked for many causes that contain the better aspect to improve our people in our society such as hiv cancer the homeless and drug rehab

S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you?
Gene Hunt: Not really I’m open enough for people to express what they feel no limits to that

S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using?
Gene Hunt: requesting something can be a pain at times but I overruled them and still get the job done

S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with?
Gene Hunt: I’m currently doing a project with Klein m.b.o theme and Donna McGee and I have another release that will be coming on my label with Dajae and a remix with Paul Johnson

S&S: What can we look forward to next from you?
Gene Hunt: well I’m starting a label gotta headphone line coming out working with aria team and Roland doing a on line dj store selling dj gear based on the history of Chicago event thou out the course of nostalgia

S&S: What legacy would you like to leave?
Gene Hunt: stay true to your goals and dreams and be a strong believer in your quest hard work pays off and there is nothing like doing it yourself God bless and good luck GH

Q&A By: Shannon “Skip” SyasS&S Chicago

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About S&S Chicago

S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.

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