In this week’s artist spotlight, we have Chicago’s very own Inphinity (Garret Birch), a name well known across the Chicagoland area. Inphinity has not only performed in Chicago but around the world for numerous years. With releases on many labels including Manufactured Music, Ultra & Recovery House and so on, he is at home with what he does best. With his talent and music recognized, he was quickly welcomed by the Spybar family which opened a lot of opportunities for him. He’s not only known as a Chicago local but a favorite. Make sure to give him a follow and catch him spinning at his home base and other shows.
What genre would you describe yourself as? Why?
All things house music. Whether it be funky, bass, deep, tech, or some classic. Depending on the show I’m playing you might hear more than the other.
What artists influence you/do you look up to? What was the moment you wanted to take the leap in this lifestyle? (artist/event/set/song/etc..)
Justin Martin. His ability to craft flawless sets through multiple genres is impeccable. I also haven’t heard a JMart production I haven’t liked. Plus, he is just an all-around great guy and appreciates his fans . Every time I get a chance to play with him he is all smiles and good vibes. I’m
What was the moment you wanted to take the leap in this lifestyle? (artist/event/set/song/etc..)
I was a fan first, just going to parties and wishing I could be up there playing music. I started making mixtapes for the car rides with friends to raves in early 2000. They definitely boosted my confidence when they started requesting copies of the mixes.
What is your proudest moment so far? (blogged/signed/etc..)
Playing Barcelona Summer Week at their Olympic Stadium. There were about 30k people there and my manager at the time was the promoter. Erick Morillo didn’t show up and I got thrown on before Tiesto. It was the most people I’ve played for and i’ll never forget what that looked like from the DJ booth. There are some videos floating around Youtube of the event.
What are you top three tracks right now? Why?
Get Real – Jolene, The Sponges – Funked Up (their Chicago debut is at Spybar is Oct 11.) , Noizu – Baby Baby … they all go off!
What are some of your favorite plug-ins?
For sounds, I still love UHE Diva. It does a great job of emulating warm vintage analog sounds. Also, less glamorous but always important is the Waves API-2500. It’s on the master channel of every one of my songs.
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
Going through promos and scouring Soundcloud for new music. Then I’ll get a folder ready for that night in Rekordbox. Even if I’m pulling old music from another folder, I like to have one for each show.
What are currently your main challenges as a DJ?
It becoming harder and harder to find time for studio work. Something I plan on scheduling a bit more. I miss all the free time of my 20s.
If you had to do something else (outside of music), what would it be?
I really appreciate the visual arts and could see myself happy doing something like that. I’ve always wanted to work with animals in need but I would probably be living on a farm with a million pets to take care of.
What is something you cannot leave home without (besides keys, phone, wallet)?
My USB with music and vape pen.
What’s your current favorite show (tv/netflix/etc…) worth binging?
It’s Bruno! If you are a dog lover, you must.
What’s your favorite Chicago venue to play at? Why?
SPYBAR!! It’s been my home for at least a decade on Saturday night and there is NOTHING like. I’m truly grateful to be able to share all these years with the amazing people that I’ve met.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
Small Cheval for a quick delicious burger. Altiro Latin Fusion in Roscoe Village. ABA Mediterranean. Sunda. I could go on forever. I spend way too much money eating out.
What was your favorite show that you’ve played in Chicago?
Too many good ones. I really love the BAM Creates party series. They always go above and beyond and feature locals as their headliners. I love what they do.
What’s your favorite thing about this city?
I love how Chicago is big enough to get everything you want, but still has a certain charm you can’t find elsewhere.
What is a quote or phrase that you try to live by? Why?
If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Tell us something that you’re doing now and are excited about.
I’m working behind the scenes with a great crew in bringing the next level of music entertainment to Chicago. Looking forward to unveiling more of the mystery soon. I have a track coming out on Farris Wheel Recordings with my long-time friend Dustin Sheridan. It’s pretty special to be able to create with the people close to you.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I just want to say thank you to all my friends, family, and fans for letting me share music I love with them. It’s been a long road and it fuels me to hear the stories of “that time” when the music really resonated with them. I hope to create many more.