The Great Northern + On&On + Deep Blue present:
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME - MARK FARINA / PEZZNER / HOMERO ESPINOSA
9:30 pm (event ends at 3:00 am)
(Great Lakes Audio / Mushroom Jazz)
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 combined 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 on OM Records: simply titled, “Mushroom Jazz”.
Since then, Mark has been traveling the globe performing 100s of shows, to over one million club goers, every 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 big room sound to the uber-chill.
When Mark’s not touring, you can likely find him in his studio, working on his next release for his imprint, Great Lakes Audio, or on another signature mix for Mushroom Jazz.
Mark’s chunky-funky underground house style continually turns the heads of tastemakers worldwide, drawing him not only new fans, but landing him on the Top DJs in the World lists by URB, MUZIK and BPM Magazines.
Pezzner entered the spotlight in 2008 with his initial offerings signed by the hugely well respected London-based deep house label Freerange. His first release "Other Lover" gathered mass attention by the house music community after appearing on Laurent Garnier's Resident Advisor Podcast (RA. 107) and John Digweed's Transitions Radio show. And so began Pezzner's lustrous dance music career, spinning off signings and remixes with Ghostly International, Dirtybird, Om Records, and Strictly Rhythm just to name a handful.
The latter half of 2011 saw Pezzner's singles for European buzz labels, 8 Bit and RebelLION (Crosstown Rebels) receive a massive response, garnering such praise as "future classics made for dance floors in the here and now. "(5 Magazine), and "lush and tense with a trancendental twist" (Ibiza Voice). In 2012, Pezzner once again drew the attention of the world dance music audience with his remix for Roy Davis Jr's classic, "About Love", getting regular support from the Visionquest crew, Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, and appeared on a myriad of DJ charts and radio shows worldwide.
Pezzner's work could be said to be serious, with an abstract artistic sensibility, lofty percussive themes and intentions to create hypnotic soundscapes for the body as well as the brain. His 'The Tracks Are Alive' album on Freerange is a 13-track walk-through of his organic sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno. Beatportal wax lyrical how it "blows like a cool breeze through the stale air of a market crowded with by-the-numbers deep house" and Resident Advisor note the "rising, sizzling dub effects" of his 'Blacklist' release, adding "a steeliness to his refined contours".
The future brings only promise for Pezzner as his sound continues to evolve. His forthcoming sophomore LP for Systematic Recordings takes Pezzner into darker, more tumultuous waters and further blurs the lines between deep and abrasive. Look for remixes by Robert Babicz and Justin Martin.
Club shows abound not only in Europe, Pezzner's music has moved the dance floors of some of the most renowned venues including Space Ibiza, Fabric London, Womb Tokyo, Rex Club in Paris, Trouw Amsterdam, Cielo New York, and Chicago's famed Smartbar.
Homero Espinosa began his career in the pioneering Bay Area party scene of the early ‘90s as a dj, promoter, and music enthusiast. Over the last two decades, he has cultivated his passion for music through a no-nonsense work ethic. Today, he applies his industrious temperament to everything from rocking a crowd, engineering a remix, or producing modern dance music
As a producer, his highly tuned feel for groove has earned him support with djs like Mark Farina, DJ Heather and Miguel Migs. The former featured tracks by Homero on his Fabric and Ministry of Sound dj mixes, while Migs recently..