If you’re headed to World Pride in Toronto this weekend you’re in for a special treat. International DJ, Quentin Harris will be performing at on Saturday, June 28. The New York City based DJ, music producer, remixer and house music producer has worked with artists including Monique Bingham, Jodi Cardwell and Mariah Carey.
For Quentin, playing at World Pride is very important and emotional.
“There are still places in the world where being gay is still not accepted and people are oppressed,” said DJ Quentin Harris. “It’s like, if you’re not visible, you don’t exist. Come out and be seen.”
Quentin grew up in Detroit, where he struggled with racial stereotypes and homophobia. It was hard for him to come out as a African-American, gay man.
“I moved to New York, where it was socially acceptable to be gay,” Quentin said. “As gay men we have a duty to each other, to pick each other up and realize we are all basically the same. I’ve gone all over the world with my music and one thing is all the same, the emotions. World Pride brings all these things together and that’s what makes it so special.”
While he has played at major events and festivals all over the world, this is the first time Quentin will be performing at a World Pride event.
“I’m looking forward to seeing in North America, diversity from other people from all over the world, that happen to be gay,” said Quentin. “I typically play at straight events. Playing at gay events I get really excited but also very nervous. I want everyone to have a good time. I try to get a group of people from different walks of life and different background to co-exist as one through my message to them.”
DJ Quentin Harris told homoculture.ca in an exclusive interview that he has a very special surprise in store for people who are coming to see him throw down some fierce beats.
“Expect the unexpected,” DJ Quentin Harris remarked. “My job is to entertain, inform and educate. I’ll have a few surprises, including a new Michael Jackson mix.”
DJ Quentin Harris will also be debuting new material at World Pride. The international DJ has partnered with UltraNate and are about to release their first co-album together under the duo name, Black Stereo Faith.
“The music is very hybrid,” Quentin explained. “It’s like talking heads meets Mal Rogers and Frankie Knuckles. It’s dance music; very different from just UltraNate or myself. We did a cover of I’m Too Sexy. I wanted to make it very sexy.”
DJ Quentin Harris is very excited and honoured to perform at World Pride. He hopes that everyone enjoys the set that he’s been working on for weeks.
From World Pride, Quentin Harris heads immediately to San Francisco Pride, which is also this weekend.
You can see DJ Quentin Harris at World Pride performing on the OLG Central Stage at Church and Maitland Streets on Saturday, June 28 at 2:00pm.