Chicago’s Jeff Derringer is a staple of the American Techno scene, and one of its most respected producers. As a resident at Smartbar, Jeff presides over Oktave, his home-grown techno night focusing on the best and brightest international talent.
Jeff’s productions display the skill and focus of a life-long musician, one who has spent decades honing his craft. He has released records on esteemed labels like Soma, Electric Deluxe and Perc Trax, and his music has been charted and played by artists around the world. With influences ranging from early 80s film scores, industrial, trip hop, IDM and beyond, his tough, textured and direct techno is effective for the dance floor as well as the headphone experience. With a focus on quality over quantity, every record Jeff releases has his sound signature all over it. His music has earned the praise of stalwarts like Regis, Surgeon, Luke Slater, Laurent premier-pharmacy.com Garnier and many more. New music is forthcoming in 2017 on Soma, Lanthan Audio and Reclaim Your City.
As a performer, Jeff delivers complex and urgent soundscapes. He experiments with different set ups regularly, pushing the envelope of what’s possible in a hybrid techno set. Jeff has taken his sound around the world; recent highlights include appearances at Berghain and at Bassiani in Tbilisi, as well as the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit and the Great American Techno Festival in Denver.
Jeff continues to teach at Columbia College Chicago, where he is an adjunct professor in the music department. Jeff’s classes focus on digital production techniques, helping to unlock the talents of a new generation of artists. Showing them the way with affordable tools and a DIY mindset, Jeff hopes to have a lasting impact on the lives of the next wave of underground talent in Chicago.