The things that matter about Mark Farina.
Name The Best Goddam DJ in The World.
Real name Mark Farina.
Age Late twentysomething.
Who he then? Oh, just one of the most talented house DJs ever.
I've heard that one before Yeah well, this is different. Farina can do things with records that most other DJs can only dream about.
How do you know? Because I had the pleasure of witnessing one of his sets at Tribal Funktion in Edinburgh last year. What was it like? Try 'unbelievably stunningingly awesome rather splendid indeed thank you very much’.
How come? He just played a bit of everything, building a complete set that ran from really deep house and soulful, vocal house, through groovy disco and
bumpy underground garage, right up to
raw Chicago trax. He even mixed in a couple of oddities (like an old Sting track) to keep the crowd on its toes. It really was a case of something for everyone and, even better, it fitted together perfectly.
Is that all he does? Well, he is best known as a DJ, and he doesn't really
make that much music (although he has
produced a couple of tracks and mixed a couple of compilations), but he has got a few other stories to tell.
For example? Well, he used to share a
flat with fellow DJ extraordinaire Derrick
Carter (as well as producer Chric Nazuka), plus he used to work in Gramaphone Records, Chicago‘s premier record store.
Anything else? He's been Dling since he
was in his early teens, he used to like really weird indie/alternative stuff like Front 242 and Ministry, he's dead into football (Arsenal and AC Milan), basketball and snowboarding.
What's he got to say for himself then? ‘
Well, he’s very concerned with the 'art' of Dling. He says, ’We call it "on the spot production”, it's just like an extension of producrng music for us. We've always taken pride in laying two records together to make a new song.’ So he takes it very seriously then? Definitely. He says, 'There's the song, which is really good by itself, then there's the chunk in the middle that's the blend. I’ve always though that the blend is as important as the song.’ With Farina, you get the real deal.
I Mark Farina guests at Tribal Funkti‘on, The Venue, Edinburgh on Sat 20 jun.
74 TIIE lIST 11—25 Jun 1998
I Sabroso! at Havana. 8pm—midnight. Free. Club Cubana‘s Duncan Kane and Shannon Shiell joined by Ana and Farah for a wide range of hi-NRG Latin and tropical floor-shakers from techno- merengue to the latest Latin rap. via smooth salsa and retro Latin grooves.
I Salsa Sabrosa at The t3rh Note (‘Iub (basement). 8pm--l lpm. £4 (£3.50). Karen Pasi takes her massively popular Salsa classes from The Lime down to The l3th Note every Fri night. Beginners welcome. Pre-club. Free tickets available for the club that runs afterwards.
I Shag at Fury Murry's. l lpm~3. l5am. £4 (£3). The sexiest. cheesiest tunes ever frorn Mark and James G.
I Skank at The Halt Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Crucial vibes guys getting you 'irie for the night ahead‘ apparently. Well handy for their Bedsit do every other Fri too.
I Spectrum at Archaos. l(lpm--3am. £7 (£5). Latest outing for the (‘olours crew. with house for a glammed-up crowd from residents Jon Mancini. Crosby and Boney getting the main room jumping and no mistake. Hip hop iii the first bar. Drinks promos. l2 Jun they've got Seb Fontaine guesting.
I Strathclyde University Student Union l0pm—3am. Free. Cheesy dance arid indie in Level 8 and The Dark Room. I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. ‘)pm—3am. £5. Party night with ()()s sounds.
I Tangent at The Sub Club. I lpm—«3am. l2 Jun and fortnightly. £7 (£5). More love and guts from the Tangent crew of A-mari and Panic who are now firmly established as the credible Friday night alternative mixing up funky house. techno and a whole bunch of weird shit. I Tchico at Russell's Bar/Cafe. 8 -l lpiii. Free. DJ Tchico with R&B. hip hop arid swing.
I Trash at Trash. llpm—3am. £5 (£4). Funky house in Room ()ne. street soul. swing and classic grooves in Room Two from DJ Grahame.
I Un-cut at The Arches. l lpm—3am. £5. New weekly night that replaces the gaping hole left by Slam‘s recent departure. Slam are executive producers of the night and it's got their seal of excellence. with hotshot DJ Q in residence every week. joined by Craig and Graeme of Soma's Silicone Soul and Laurence Hughes.
I Uptight at The Bedsit. ()[TIIF 3am. £4 (£3). l3 Jun and fortnightly. Specialist Northern Soul and Hammond jazz night froin the long-established Goodfoot mob playing to a receptive crowd.
I Velvet Rooms l0pm--3am. £6. Alan Ronald in Room Two with an open mix froin house anthems and disco to soul. Martin Hesketh in Room ()ne playing mellow hip hop. svviiigbeat and classic soul.
I Apartment at The Apartment.
l lpm—3am. £8. Robin Burrows with club classics in this stylish and sung venue.
I Archaos at Archaos. llpma3am. £8 (£6). Chris Harris and A.J. mix tip garage and house for a busy. moderately dressy crowd. with Scott and Geoff playing club classics in Room Two. Paul Traynor plays R&B. swing and hip hop in Roonr Three.
I Bar 10 9pm—midnight. Free. Busy hard house pre-club with Nick Peacock and guests.
I Bargo 8pm- midnight. Free. dancey pie-club night with guest DJs from some of the better underground clth nights in the city.
I Bennets ll.30pm~3am. £(i t £5 ). DJ Sara with a good dancey mix. Drinks promos. Gay.
I Sam at The Horn. llpm -3am. £7. Mark Donnolly. Keith Pyper arid guests with house and garage at this new venue. I Brilliant at The Underground (formerly The Venue) |0.30pm~3am. £3 (£3.50). Gordon Tennant back again for a commercial mix ofchart dance and indie offerings. Drinks promos.
I Budda at Budda. 8pm~midnight Free.
Solenmsic's Stevie Middleton and Andrew Wicks taking it week-about for garage and deep house. Drinks promos. I The Cathouse l0.30pm ~3am. £4 (£3.50; £3.50 before ll.30pni) Three floors of rock. grunge. contemporary indie and indie dance. Bit cheesrer and more accessible than before. Drinks promos.
I Classic PM at Fury Murrys.
llpm—3. l5arn. £5 (£3). (‘lub classics iii the main room with DJs .lriii Dowme and Sean Webster. Quality indie music from Twister upstairs.
I Club 69 Rocksy's Basement. l()pm»—3.30am. £5. Martin. \‘v'ilba and Barrie of Rub-A-Dub play the best and deepest from the underground. joined frequently by guests of high standing. Well worth the taxi fare out from the city. but note the midnight curfew. 30 Jun. regular to Club 6‘) Mark Broom guests. but tonight he's bringing down his live show. for the first trnre ever in Scotland. As the overs say ‘lt should be gallas'. I Club Cubana at The Hedsrt.
0pm -3am. £4 (£3). 30 .lun and fortnightly. Great Latin soriiids vvrtli proceeds going to the Scottish (‘ubaii Solidarity Campaign.
I Colours at The Arches. llpm 4am. £l0. l3 Jttii and monthly. More full-on Setittrsh superclub antics with your (‘olours pumping house residents .loir Mancini and Iain ‘lioney' (‘lai'k joined tonight by (‘ream‘s ‘l’hat‘ l’hil (‘oopei aiid a live half hour show from ex 'Ten (‘ity' frontman Byron Stingley.
I Cool Lemon at The Arc-lies.
l0.30pm 4am. £10. 30 Jun and monthly. Harder house action from Arches stalwarts ('ool Lemon with the residents lain Paterson and Trevor l’rice joined tonight by l.ioltt‘ock\ Justin Robertson
on a considerable high after the release of
his formidable new album.
I Cul De Sac (‘ul De Sac Hat. ‘) llpm. Free. Spin-back king .litii llutchrson front Teknotis with hard house and techno. Drinks promos.
I Divine at (ilasgow School ()1 All (downstairs). lilpm late. £3.50 (£3 50 Glasgow School ()f Art students). Andrew Divine and flush l’uppy with Northern soul. Hammond grooves. bubblegum pop. vv ah-w ah funk. Moog power and chemical bi‘eakbeats. Still running during degree shows.
I Edwards at lidwards. 8pm midnight. Free. Brian McGarry vv rth commercial garage and house.
I Easy Street at (‘(‘.’\ ('afe liar.
9.30pm -midiiight. Free. DJ Gordon Allan with a house/dubby pre-club.
I Free Form at The l3th .\'ote (Tub. l0pm--3am. £3 (free before I lpmi. Steven and Paul Wall vv ith two floors of soul. Latin. jazz and ftiiik Note that The l 3th Note has now moved to ('lyde Street and is open as a bar from 8pm.
I Heat at Tin l’an Alley. llpm 3am. £5 (£4). ('ommercial house at this city centre. I The Garage ltlpm iam. £(i (£4); £l off before I lpm. Au honest-to-goodness top night out with chatty dance sounds downstairs from Dave Ross and alternative sounds iii the attic.
I Home Cookin' at Baba/a.
5.30pm 3am (DJs from llpm). £5 (free before llptri). l’unipirig mrv from Grahame Wilson of funk. rare gi'oov e and hip hop.
I Knucklehead ill (ilasgovv School or Art (upstairs). |0pni late. £4 (£3.50 Glasgow School of Art students). Underground electronics presented by dent DJs .lilkes and Hatch. liito its fourth year and consolidating itself as tlte club to hear true ftiiik technology. l-ieaky dancing activer encouraged. (‘losed until ll Jill.
I Lime at The Lime. llpm iani. £(i (£4). D.l l'rt/ vv rth a conunei‘cial clubby mix plus £l drink promo
I Longest Day at Kelv mgrov e Park.
3 sltipm. 30 Jun only. Free. Summer festival in the park with live music from Teenage Fanclub. Toaster and more. plus DJ sets from Ground (‘oritroL l’har‘ ( )ut. Twitch (Pure) and Stuart Murdoch (Belle and Sebastian). ('ontinues on at
I Longest Day's Night at The Queen Margaret l‘nion. l0pm--4am. £8 (open to all). 30 Jun only. Continuation of the Longest Day vv ith the QML’ opening its doors to students and non-students alike. lleadlining is Andy Smith (Portishead). Mrs Wood. and DJs from Pure. Test. Flements. 'l'augent and the Jengabeads.
I Lure at liar Sari/a. 8pm—midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey for a crowd heading off to Archaos arid the Sub Club. Pre-club.
I Polo Lounge at The l’olo Lounge. 1030me 3am. £5. Take the choice of the Polo Lounge upstairs. open until 3am. downstairs for DJ Ina with a camp mix of housey faves and anthems. or down in the Trophy Room with John for 80s pop, punk and new wave. Gay. Special l’ride events all weekend.
I I Reds llpm 3am. £(i (£5). A packed
night specialising in mainstream dance. funk. rap and house. intimate. smart and friendly.
I Revolution at Havana.
l 8pm midnight. Free. DJ Tchicoof
\'rrunga with his lusty Latin sounds at this new bar in lt)\\'ll where (.‘hicago .‘vleatpacker's Used to be.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm 3am. £5. l’arty night with (i0s sounds.
I Stereo at The Asylum ((‘aledonian University llriiou). Upttl r 3am. £3 (free before midnight). Alternative indie night with DJs Rowan and Angela.
j I Strathclyde University Student
Union l0pm 3am. Free. lndie dance anthems in Level 8 plus Vance arid Adeel playing club classics iii The Dark Room. Drinks promos.
I Sub Culture at Stib (Tub.
10.30pm 5am. £8. llarri and Domenic lord it over the legendary night of nice 'n' groovy. hard-hittin'. funky house at the king of Scottish underground dance \‘c‘lltlc‘s. This is still one of the hottest. ass-slraktll'. Ito-holds barred nights ill the country and _\'ou'd be a fool not to check it out. l3 .lun Mark Farina. See Hitlist.
: I Trash at Trash. Ilpin 3am. (£7) £5.
House in Roour ()ne wrtlr DJ Matt. funk in Rooin Two from Paul N'Jie plus eclectic beats by lttltcs in Room Three.
I Triumph at The Tunnel. l lprn 3.30am.
£7 (£5). A huge night of llaliati and UK house at one of the country's best looking venues. ('olin 'l'ev‘endale atrd Steven .\le('reery take on the main room while Kev rn .‘vlcluu'lane and Steven Lee offer tip a different v ibe vv itli a w ide mix of soul. funk and dance classics it) Rooiti Tvvo. Smart dress-code. Novv vv itli drinks promos all night all the way through the sutiimer. I3 Jtiti Nigel Dawson guests.
I Velvet Rooms l0pm--3pm. £8 (£4 before midnight). D.l Scud iii Room Tvvo w ith house. garage and club classics. .loliii l._voiis in Room ()ne playing mellow hip hop. svvingbeat and classic soul.
' ousoow SUNDAYS
I Bamboogie at Baba/a. llptn 3am. £3. l'phfting vocal garage and house from Scott and Geoff. Drinks promos. I Bennet's l |.30pm ~3am. £3 (£3). [fp- tenipo high energy with .lati Frazer. Gay. Drinks promos.
I Born at The lion). llprii 3am. £4. Steven Foy. .loe Deacon and guests with club classics.
I Brian And Brian at The Garage
(upstairs). llpm 3am. £3 (£l ). Two DJs
called Brian playing indie. liritpop and
maybe some retro sttiff too. Drinks promos.
I Bubblelicious at Reds. llpm 3am. £5 (£3 ). (‘lub classics and a touch of soul. plus drinks promos.
I Budda at liudda. 8prii--midnight. Free.
New York Alliancch ('olin Walker play mg a deep mix to bring your weekend to a close. Drinks promos.
, I Club Jamaica at The Underground
(formerly The Venue). l0.45pm—3am. £3
t£| ). Reggae night from Sweet T playing
dub to soul. all with a reggae tinge. Drinks promos.
I Club Mouth at The 13th Note (.‘lub. l0pm—3.30am. £3 (free before llprii). Bizarre eclectic mix of ‘Guitar. beats.