Marco Faraone is a prolific and versatile producer whose incendiary live sets have earned him the attention of all the right people. It might be a cliche to say Faraone grew up immersed with music around him, (sorry let us correct that it definitely is a cliche!), but Faraone has turntablism running through his blood with his dad working as a DJ at a local radio station; and Grandfather a folk singer in his native region of Tuscany.
Before long he was following in his family’s footsteps and soon picked up vinyl of his own. First, it was hip-hop, a natural step for any musically curious teenager; who’d yet to hit the age of being allowed into clubs. Perhaps what’s more surprising is that his first step into electronic music was through Drum N Bass, a very normal route in the UK, but something that’s certainly leftfield in the hills of Tuscany. Before long Marco began to explore the slower BPMs and he became fascinated with the 90s house championed by Masters At Work and Todd Terry, whilst admiring Laurent Garnier for his ability to effortlessly play diverse sets.
Before long he was making his own music. Developing his production skills led to his first release in 2008, ‘Arabia’ on Tenax Recordings. Although this effort was well received, it took a further few years of hard work and sending out demos before Faraone’s “big break”, with the 2010 EP ‘Strange Neighbors’ on Moon Harbour. When label boss Matthias Tanzmann played the title track out at DC10 in Ibiza, it prompted a huge reaction with a dancefloor sit-down. Marco Faraone had arrived.
He’s since developed a worldwide reputation as an extremely skilled producer, with releases ranging from the warm analogue house grooves of his most recent Moon Harbour EP ‘Next Level’, to the relentless, hypnotic techno of his latest EP for On Edge Society, ‘Black Air’. It’s thanks to this versatility that Faraone has released on so many respected labels in a relatively short period of time – Drumcode, Desolat, Be As One, Sci+Tec, Moda Black, Holic Trax, Get Physical and Truesoul have all provided a home for Faraone’s productions.
Marco Faraone plays Drumcode Halloween on Oct 29th