Jeff Derringer is a producer and performer based in Chicago, and a resident at the city’s most notorious nightclub, Smartbar. Over the course of the last five years, Jeff has established himself as an emerging figure in the techno underground. With releases on Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe label, as well as Perc Trax, M_Rec LTD and the infamous Soma in Glasgow, Jeff’s reputation as a producer and DJ continues to rise internationally. Live, Jeff weaves a combination of Ableton and Maschine to concoct a hybrid set known for its abstract intensity and pounding rhythms. Audiences across America and into Europe (at Berlin’s Berghain and Amsterdam’s Ruigoord) have all raved about his sound.

As the creator and curator of the Oktave event series, Jeff brings techno’s most innovative artists to Smartbar, Chicago’s premiere dance club. Started in 2009 in New York, Oktave has become one of the world’s most recognizable techno events, known for its relentless pursuit of the finest sounds in the genre. Since moving the event to Smartbar in 2010, Oktave has hosted the Chicago debuts of Donato Dozzy, Silent Servant, Cio D’or, Peter Van Hoesen, Black Asteroid, Tommy Four Seven and dozens more.


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