An epic night as two of the worlds most popular, funkiest djs play together for the first time in San Francisco.
MARK FARINA & HERNAN CATTANEO
Over the last ten years, Mark Farina has built himself up to become one of the most sought-after DJs in dance music today. Though he is mostly recognized for his deep-house DJ prowess, it is Farina's wide-ranging musical knowledge that helped shape the Mushroom Jazz series, a continuously mixed collection of down-tempo, dance-floor jazz for the turntablist generation. A mix-tape made over eight years ago was the project's original seed - a similarly-styled tape of jazz tunes that articulated a mellower counterpart to the up-tempo "Acid Jazz" movement of the day.
Farina's "Mushroom Jazz" sound subsequently became popular through a long-running San Francisco club called Jazid Up, then through various Mushroom Jazz clubs thrown domestically and abroad.
Farina began his DJing career at the age of 15, inspired by the strong house and dance music scene pulsating in Chicago's underground. Along with long time friend and DJ partner, Derrick Carter, Farina cut his teeth on the college radio airwaves of Northwestern University's WNUR every Friday night for 2 years. Farina has released one album, Mood.
(Nettwerk UK Records, under the name Symbols and Instruments), and several other mix projects including Seasons (Domestic Records), United DJs of America (DMC) and Imperial Dub's compilation (Imperial Dub) in addition to the Mushroom Jazz series and his mix on OM Records' "San Francisco Sessions'" debut
Growing up in Buenos Aires, Hernan listened to Europop bands like Simply Red and Level 42, music he found sifting through Billboard magazine (the only music journal he could get at the time). But in 1987 a friend visited Vinylmania in New York City and brought back a sweet taste of Chicago house in the form of Traxx and DJ International pressings, which featured artists like Frankie Knuckles, Derrick May and Inner City. "They blew my mind," exclaims Hernan. "I loved them because they combined the energy of Europe's electronic music - bands like Depeche Mode and New Order - with the soul of American music. After that, everything changed for me."
Enthused by this new sound, Hernan soon scored a residency in a small club in Buenos Aires that led to him being invited to play in clubs throughout South America. His talent was fast becoming recognised and in 1996 he secured the hotly contested residency for a new weekly Saturday entitled ‘Clubland’. Within 2 years the night had developed and was being hailed as Argentina’s best club. Soon all the world’s elite were beating down the door, giving Hernan the chance to share the booth with DJs like Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, Darren Emerson and, of course, Paul Oakenfold. The night went from strength to strength and, as the Millennium loomed, became widely regarded as the best in the world, with Hernan’s contribution being cited as a major part of its success. On hearing Hernan's eclectic deep house, tribal and progressive sets, Cream immediately chose him as their South American resident. He then went on to win Best DJ Award in 1996 and 1997. From there it was only a matter of time before Hernan would get the chance to played beyond his home continent, que one Paul Oakenfold, who invited Hernan to tour Europe with him. From this point, universities and clubs throughout England and Europe began to hear the sounds of Hernan Cattaneo, which in turn, led to his Perfecto signing for both the seminal ‘Deep Funk’ and ‘South America', his first original production and mix compilation respectively.
Following a 2004 world tour to promote the aforementioned Masters album including gigs in the best European clubs, five tours around the USA and three around Asia, a busy Ibiza season playing all the most relevant clubs (including the Renaissance Opening Party at Pacha with Sasha), another summer on the major Festival circuit –including among others Creamfields Liverpool and Buenos Aires, Homelands, Global Gathering, Festimad and Skol Beats-, he finally crashed into the 2004 DJ Mag Top 10 DJs with a bang, landing at # 6.
With the 'Vol.2' follow-up to his Masters scheduled for release in February, the juggernaut express that is Cattaneo shows no sign of slowing down…