With twenty years of DJing at the world's top clubs and almost a hundred releases under different monikers to his credit, one might think that Francis Harris had reached the pinnacle of his career, or at least firmly established his niche; but 2012 marked a pivotal year for the Brooklyn-based producer in which his true potential as a composer, producer and label executive was revealed.
It was then that Harris dropped his aliases, stepping to the fore under his given name with his first full length, "Leland," a poignant opus conceived as a requiem to his father. In seeking a more subtle and emotional sound, Harris departed from his tried and true methods as a solo studio engineer, forging creative collaborations that rekindled his long dormant interest in the craft of songwriting, live instrumentation and performance.
The result were the two albums Leland (2012) and Minutes Of Sleep (2014) laced with piano, guitar, cello, trumpet and vocals by Danish singer Gry Bagøien, delivered on vinyl on Scissor and Thread, a new label Harris formed as a platform for this highly personal expression.
Along with platitudes from the electronic music faithful, both albums received unusually strong notice from the indie press; counting Pitchfork, Ghettoblaster, Magnetic Magazine and The Village Voice amongst its supporters and thus recasting Francis Harris as an artist whose scope and ambition extends far beyond the dance floor.
With newfound purpose, Harris returned to the club music arena with an entirely new approach to making music. Focused on the development of new artists for the Scissor and Thread collective, Harris has been collaborating in the studio and behind the decks with label partner Anthony Collins as Frank & Tony. Together the pair have released thirteen well received EPs and the album You Go Girl (2014) showcasing pitched down melodic house tunes.
Throughout his career Harris musical ambitions always pointed in different directions and experimental ambient music has always been present as an undertone. Now the passion for drone atmospheric musicscapes materializes in the new found label Kingdoms and albums from Rasmus Juncker, Adamo Golan, Brendon Wolcott and Emily Abramyan and Léah Lazonick.
The newest project is the third Francis Harris studio album, Trivial Occupations, which was released in October 2018.