Jeff Derringer

Chicago’s Jeff Derringer is a staple of the American techno scene and one of its most respected producers. With releases on esteemed labels like Soma, Electric Deluxe and Perc Trax, as well as his performances and event production, Jeff is considered one of the prime movers of the Midwest techno community. As a resident at Smartbar Jeff presides over Oktave, his home-grown techno night that features the best underground artists of the international techno scene.

Jeff’s productions display the talents of a life-long musician and producer, one who has spent decades honing his craft. Influenced by everything from early 80s film scores, Wax Trax, acid house, trip-hop, EBM and beyond, his tough and direct techno is as exciting on the dance floor as it is in headphones. With a focus on production quality over quantity, every record Jeff releases has his sound signature all over it. New records are forthcoming 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 traditional techno DJ set. Jeff has taken his sound around the world, including appearances at Berghain in Berlin, Bassiani in Tbilisi, Ruigoord Church in Amsterdam, as well as the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit and the Great American Techno Festival in Denver. 

While production and performance take up most of his time, Jeff continues to teach music production to students at Columbia College Chicago. His classes focus on Ableton and Maschine, 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.