Mark Farina on Mushroom Jazz and MPLS
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Gimme Noise: What's one record that no matter what, always takes you back to the golden house days? Tell us about a memory attached to it.
Mark Farina: There are fortunately a bunch of tracks that bring on the golden house days, sometimes even new ones. One oldie that does that for me is Soho "Hot Music". Jazzy piano riff and slappin drums. Whenever I hear it, I am transported back to the old school loft parties in Chicago in the early 90's.
GN: Do you anticipate a Mushroom Jazz 7? 77?
I'll keep doing the compilation as long as possible even though mix CDs in general are fading a bit. But that sub-genre has a distinct feel that holds to the test of time.
GN: Do you think you'll always be a professional DJ or will there be other avenues opened in your future music-wise?
Might try other music avenues, like producing music for movie soundtracks, TV and games. I'm also restarting my record label digitally called Great Lakes Audio.
GN: What do you think of "fidget" house -- like the stuff Switch has been heralding of late?
There are nice vocal bits in fidget house but a lot of the keyboards and baselines are too squelchy for me.
GN:. What's one thing about Minneapolis that is different about other crowds?
Minneapolis crowds understand "the funk." That is hard to learn and not all places have it. Also being in the Midwest, they know good house music. The two traits combine wonderfully.
SPECIAL NOTE: Chuck Love has been added to the bill and will play live instrumentation over a portion of Mark's set.
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