Veterano do house, Mark Farina passou por São Paulo e nos concedeu entrevista exclusiva – 10/04/2017

Se você já ouviu falar de um artista das pistas que não vê barreiras entre estilos na hora de costurar grooves alucinógenos, esse cara é, com certeza, Mark Farina. Jazz-funk, disco, house de Chicago e oldschool hip hop soam como pontes sólidas pra se dançar e viajar nas suas apresentações. Pai do freestyle e ao mesmo tempo pioneiro do house de Chicago, o DJ e produtor americano é cultuado por sua pesquisa musical avançada. Esta, que já rendeu a criação de um conceito impar para chill-outs de raves no final dos 1990, logo virou selo de festa e uma coletânea renomada mundialmente, a Mushroom Jazz. Continue reading

KE (Kid Enigma) – GLA Recording Artist

Keith Rafael Perez, better known as KE (Kid Enigma) is a Chicago-born artist with a never-ending desire for Peace, Love, and Tranquility—moral values that keep him balanced as an individual, an artist, and a human being. KE manages to stay balanced by analyzing his peer-to-peer interactions and his environment and its trends. He understands that many individuals lack appreciation for the simple blessings in life in a world disconnected by technology. Therefore, instead of contributing to the cycle of repetitive commercial “mainstream” music, KE has the freedom to produce music with substance with the purpose of unifying people on the dance floor—a return of investment much greater than a monetary profit. Continue reading

Mark Farina: Mushroom Jazz Returns?

Imagine a down-tempo fusion of hip hop instrumentals, funk classics, acid jazz and some curveballs, all liberally soaked in lysergic acid diethylamide, and you’d be getting there. While the UK had the snappier (and now perhaps discredited) trip hop, in the US, ‘mushroom jazz’ became firstly a compilation series and latterly, a quasi-genre. Its architect was Mark Farina, a second-generation Chicago DJ who rose up in the wake of the house gold rush of the late 1980s, alongside peers like Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, DJ Heather and Mark Picchiotti. Although Farina is at least as well known for his deep house sets, his reputation as a DJ par excellence was built on the Mushroom Jazz series, which this year marks its 20th anniversary (and eighth in the series). We caught up with the San Francisco-based DJ to ask him about his fungal funk mixes, the early industrial scene in Chi-town and the impact of EDM. Continue reading