One of the few house music DJs confident enough to embrace hip hop and downtempo, the Chicago-born but SF-based Mark Farina is truly one of America’s dancefloor heros. A tireless traveler and performer, Farina has built a legion of fans through his no-nonsense DJ aesthetic and incredible ability for picking the best tracks from across eras and genres. His “Mushroom Jazz” series helped open up electronic-focused ears to a whole world of new sounds, and vice-versa – expect a bit of both tonight as he makes his LPR debut.
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Shortly after Mark befriended Derrick Carter in 1988 at a record store in Chicago, his passion for House music, and sharing it with the world, exploded. Mark experimented with a deeper style, dropping De La Soul, disco classics and other stuff that wasn’t being played in the main rooms of nightclubs. While exploring his love for the purist forms of House Music, Mark developed his trademark style: Mushroom Jazz; acid jazz infused with the West Coast’s jazzy, organic productions along with urban beats. Fans embraced Mark’s downtempo style so much that he started a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in San Francisco with Patty Ryan. In 3 short years, the club established a fanatical, cult-like following for Farina and the Mushroom Jazz sound. When the doors closed, Farina continued the tradition by releasing a series of Cds, “Mushroom Jazz”. Since then, Mark has been traveling the globe performing 100s of shows, to over one million club goers, a year. His House sets take fans on journeys to the jazzy side of Chicago House mixed San Fran style. Some of these sets have been known to last up to 8 hours. And sometimes you’ll find Mark playing in two different rooms at the same party, showcasing his range of rocking the big room sound to the uber-chill. Farina’s taste making skills continue to turn the heads of crowds worldwide and consistently draw new fans to his style of chunky–funky rhythms and deep underground house. URB, MUZIK and BPM Magazines have all had him on their Top DJ’s In The World lists.
Sleepy & Boo
Sleepy & Boo play electronic music of all shapes and sizes, rocking rooms big and small across New York City and beyond. They love thick drums, big basslines, hypnotic grooves and tripped-out sci-fi synthesizers, and know how to put it all together. Forget sticking to just one genre — as DJs, they are known for their diversity and their knack for picking tracks from across the musical spectrum. Whether taking the crowd on a twisted late night excursion, or pushing peak-hour mayhem, Sleepy & Boo never fail to turn a dancefloor inside out.
Joseph Jarie-Khachan aka BEYROUTH is a talented French-Lebanese DJ living in NYC. He began his journey into the electronic music scene when he first landed in NYC from Paris and that same night ended up at TWILO where he heard Sasha and Digweed for the first time in 2000 and was hooked ever since. After that night he bought his first set of Technics and instantly knew this was his calling.
He first started playing at local lounges in 2001 from Orchard Bar, Opium Den, and Bar B to the Frying Pan. His true love for electronic music has driven him to recently focus more on his mixing, djing and producing his own tracks. He is also Co-founder of Static Sound Sessions, which promotes electronic dance music events and is a creative source uniting artists and musicians. DI.FM has recently been showcasing 2 hour sets by BEYROUTH on their Exposure NYC radio show and has invited him back since. So, stay tuned to hear more by BEYROUTH. His sets are a blend of Tech House, Techno, Tribal, Progressive and Minimal. This is the Future Sound of Electronic Music. www.djbeyrouth.com
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