DJ Awards Breakthrough Nominee Marco Faraone

Posted on August 11, 2017

Words: Iain Thomson

Originally from Tuscany, Marco Faroane grew up surrounded by music; his father was a DJ in the 80’s and it wasn’t long before Marco fell in love with hip-hop before graduating to drum and bass. Scoring his first gig when he was just 14 years old. 90s house heavyweights Masters At Work and Todd Terry influenced the young Marco and his sound evolved again, with Laurent Garnier’s ability to cross genres also making an impact.

Fast forward to the present and Marco Faroane has become an influential member of the global dance scene. Resident in one of Italy’s most prominent parties, Nobody’s Perfect in Tenax Florence, which has played host to the likes of Loco Dice, Adam Beyer, Dixon, Ricardo Villalobos, to name only a few. Marco has also been clocking up air the miles, making appearances at Tomorrowland in Belgium, Elrow in Barcelona, Stereo in Montreal and Output in the US. He remains a prolific producer, releasing tracks on many of the most credible labels as he continues to build his profile. With a decade and a half playing the finest beats to cool parties arund the world, his nomination for DJ Awards Breakthrough category is further proof of his continued relevance. We caught up with Marco ahead of the awards ceremony on September 26 in Hï Ibiza…

You have been nominated in the DJ Awards breakthrough category, how satisfying is it to be recognised by your peers?
It’s really satisfying after having been DJing for so long. My musical development has been a step by step process and I always think that it’s very important for things to come naturally when you’ve got solid roots. Being nominated in the “breakthrough category” is very important for me because it makes me feel that what I’m doing is new and fresh. A starting point rather than an arrival.

What would it mean to you to win the award, or is the recognition for your effort already a win?
It would be a big satisfaction! Yes, being nominated is already a win for me.

What do you need to do to reach the next level?
To stay humble and passionate about the music… and of course produce music as much as I can.

Which current artists inspire you musically?
I started with hip-hop and drum & bass and after a few years I moved into house then techno. Biggest influences? For house music, I would say Masters At Work. Techno, Laurent Garnier as a DJ and Robert Hood as a producer.

Do you believe you can still make your mark on your DJ talent alone, or do you also have to be a producer and have an ability to market yourself?
I love to produce music either way. I started as a hobby 15 years ago. I do think that DJing and producing are two completely different things, and just a different way to share your emotions and feelings with people. A lot of people know me for my sets, others for my productions. One day maybe they will know me for both. Anyway, I’m happy to keep doing both things.

How big an impact has social media had on how you go about presenting yourself as a DJ to the outside world?
Today social media has a huge impact on the scene. It’s easier to share content and let people see you very quickly. This is something that was previously not easy (even when i started).

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