Andre Solaris 

Behind the decks since 1986, FUEL's founder, Andre Solaris has perfected his art of delivering quality music while sharing his party attitude with the crowd. Being exposed to various event types in the first half of his career and diving deep into the underground in the second sculpted a DJ with a great understanding of nightclub dynamics and crowd-pleasing tactics. Today, a regular DJ on the Chicago scene, host and resident of a number of radio mix-shows, event organizer, music producer and re-mixer, and relentless pursuer of the perfect party, Andre continues his journey fueled by his passion.

Four years after migrating from his native Poland, he began his DJ career in eighty-six just as the house music movement was gaining momentum. You know, the days of break-dancing and bad 80's fashion styles. The scene was in its infancy, the world listened to the likes of Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, and Culture Club and the early house producers were tweaking the knobs in their first studios. As a devoted teenage listener of the Chicago's famous 'Hot Mix 5' show on WBMX and WGCI radio stations he was spending his weekend nights recording the mixes. Intrigued by House he went on to organize his first dance party in 1986 at which he played on two belt-driven turntables and cassette deck. Shortly after that he was organizing his first nights at local bars and clubs. Serving a mix of early European dance hits, Italo Disco, House, New Beat, Alternative, and what was then known as High Energy he kept the parties in check. During the following years Andre played hundreds of events, mostly as the resident of a particular night and behind the turntables for six to eight hours at a time. These were the years when headlining, guest DJs were not yet heard of and DJ fees could not buy you a car. His early musical influences ranged from Alternative, New Beat, Hi-Energy, and New Wave to House and early Techno. Groups like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Nitzer Ebb. Later, The Orb, Underworld, Orbital, Jam & Spoon, & Leftfield.