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Barry Harris : Let’s Get Soaking Wet!

October 15, 2007

barryharrisafm.jpgBarry Harris… Dance Music DJ, Remixer and Musician.

For those of us that like our music mixed, not stirred, Barry Harris is the king. If you see his name on a song, grab it. It will be the best music money you ever spend.

My first Harris sighting was a Barry Harris Mix featuring Pepper Mashay. The song, Dive In The Pool. Aside from the fact that Ms. Mashay can get anyone on their feet, the mix was mastery. Once you hear something Harris is involved in, the rest seems kind of… cheap.

As one of the most popular American DJs, his club nights are equally filled with quality. Not the same old thing where the DJ plays what he knows is popular. Barry Harris helps MAKE  popular.

Harris’ work can be found under other names as well. For instance: Kon Kan, Outta Control, Thunderpuss and Top Kat. Find anything with these names and it’s golden. My personal favorite, Thunderpuss (previously Thunderpuss 2000)  was a collaboration with another DJ great Chris Cox (pictured at left with Harris). The Thunderpuss production team was sought after by major artists and record companies, like Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Whitney Houston… well the list goes on forever.

Harris’ self-professed ‘best’ remix was for Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama“.

Many people hear a great mix and never attribute it to anyone other than the original vocal artist. That may be the right thimg, but once I put Barry Harris and Thunderpuss together with the mixing, the remixer is very important to me. I don’t think twice on a Harris or Thunderpuss mix. There are a lot of DJs out there. There’s an entire section of the music store for them. And one is truly better than the next. If I had my way, I’d have all my music in remixed versions only. There are songs I hear all the time that I think “Wow… why can’t Barry Harris do THIS song!”

Harris is currently concentrating on DJing and not remixing/producing. He’s waiting for a new inspiration to come. There were 4 years between Kon Kan and Thunderpuss and it looks like we’ll be waiting for the next bis Barry Harris ‘thing’ to emerge.

Both Dive In The Pool and Everybody Wants You To Emerge the Fisherspooner -vs- Billy Squire Mashup are featured on AllFunMusik Radio.

Next time you’re on iTunes or in a music store, keep an eye out for Barry Harris and Thunderpuss credits. Even artists you may not have bought can suddenly come to life.

Be careful searching for him on the web. There’s a Jazz Barry Harris… not him and a piano playing Barry Harris… not him. His own website no longer seems to be working. If you find a site or something with more current information on him, please post it in the comments section so we can all check it out.