Inside The Track with Mark Farina & Homero Espinosa

Bay Area locals Mark Farina and Homero Espinosa team up once again for the latest release on San Francisco’s Moulton Music‘Different Rhythms’.

The duo have had a successful run on the label so far, creating sweet Jazz-tinged Deep House tunes with unforgettable grooves, ready for any dancefloor. No strangers to the scene individually, the dynamite duo consisting of Chicago-born musical legend Farina (the genius behind Mushroom Jazz) and 90s Bay Area promoter/DJ Espinosa is unsurprisingly effective, combining their knowledge to form a musical powerhouse.

We had the pleasure of catching up with the guys and they shed some light on the production behind their new release ‘Different Rhythms’.

Congratulations on your new ‘Different Rhythms’ release via Moulton Music. How is it being received in your sets and how are other club DJs responding to it?

MARK: Thanks! Yes, friends digging it. It sounds good on a sound system in the heat of a party.

HOMERO: It’s been well received! All the folks I’ve shared it with have been getting great feedback. Everyone LOVES that bassline!

What was the main inspiration behind ‘Different Rhythms’ and prompted its musical direction?

MARK: Brought a nice funk riff and a rakim interview…Homero got the machines singing, then we fill in gaps. Choosing samples that compliment each other. Definitely gotta be funky.

HOMERO: Mark and I are both big record diggers and we’re always on the hunt for samples. Our inspiration comes from bringing samples to our sessions and picking out the ones that speak to both of us. The main driver is to keep things FUNKY and dance floor friendly.

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Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?

MARK: Homero has a knack for finding fresh keyboard sounds that compliment the composition. We just lock in on a groove and start messing around with drums, noises, keys in “live” way, then grabbed some of the live sequences and tightened them up, creating a serious groove.

HOMERO: What makes this track work is the play between the samples and the performed parts. The main bass line is a sample off an old funk/blues record Mark recorded. Working through building the track I was queuing up a white noise generator to add some winds sounds and Mark started playing the sound as a lead and it really brought the track together. I hit record and he started playing the white noise lead you hear in the track, messing with the cutoff and resonance of the filter. All that was live.

Is there one machine, program or technique that characterizes your sound?

MARK: I’m still a MPC guy. That’s where i like to do my hands on sample chopping.

HOMERO: When me and Mark work together we always have Abelton Push up and running. Mark’s a big MPC lover and loves to jam on the Push. Alll the drum programming is done on the MPC. Also, the Korg Triton would be something you can always hear in our tracks—whether it’s the drums, keys or weird atmospheric sounds in the background, the Korg always ends up in there.

What is the one piece of kit that you both simply cannot do without?

MARK: I still love good old vinyl. Travelling hitting record stores, digging in spoken word/ oddity sections. Constant sample hunting. Also searching you tube for good interviews of artists I gain inspiration from.

HOMERO: As of late, the E-Mu Vintage Keys. Rasoul turned me onto this classic synth and I can’t stop using it. The keys you hear on the track were recorded from there. I LOVE keys and the Vintage Keys has so many dope sounds!

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