Faro is a name popping up all over the place of late, and rightly so. Relentless hard work and obvious talent has earned her a reputation of a hot prospect in the world of dance music, and now with bookings spreading further north we eagerly anticipate a big year for the London woman.
When not headlining she’s picking up some very impressive support shows for the likes of Jeremy Underground, Chaos in the CBD and another radio wonder woman B Traits. But if you aren’t fortunate enough to make it to one of her shows you can catch Faro on her radio show, every 3rd Thursday, live on Balamii Radio 11am - 1pm.
We had the pleasure to speak with her to see what’s happening in the exciting world of Faro…
Hi Faro, it’s great to feature you on Paradiso! What have you been up to lately?
Hello! Thanks so much for inviting me, really enjoyed making the mix for you. I’ve mainly been settling into London and gigging around! I played some wicked gigs last month at my club of residency Patterns, supporting Honey Dijon and Folamour. I also spoke at two different events, one for international women’s day in Brighton and the other at IOM’s ‘Breaking In’ event. March was a great month!
You’ve got some really exciting dates coming up, what plans are you most looking forward to?
I’ve just started a bi monthly night at the Horse & Groom called ‘Faro & Friends’ - and i’ve invited the wonderful Lucid Stannard and Eliza Rose to join me on the 26th April, the last one was loads of fun so I’m really looking forward to it! I’m also playing at Oslo for Locomotive Disco supporting DASCO the night after, which is an awesome venue and night. On May bank holiday Sunday I’m playing my Manchester debut and a headline show, which has had a really great response so far and I love it up north! Also I can’t not mention playing at Brixton Jamm on 1st June with Genius of Time, Nachtbraker and Hidden Spheres. Super excited about it all, it’s my first summer in London and is set to be a good’n!
You’ve made a great name for yourself while being based in Brighton, likewise with your brother Tommy Farrow further north in Sheffield! Obviously, music plays a huge part in your families life; how did you first get into it all?
Yes totally! Some of my earliest memories involve me and my dad jamming to tunes in his car. He’s a massive R&B/Soul man so you can definitely see where my influences come from in my style today. Tommy says that I was one of his biggest influences in getting into music/Djing - which I’ll take ;) and I’m so proud of how quickly he’s progressed on the scene as well, he’s really smashing it and it’s great to be able to chat to each other every day about music and other things, both hyping each other up. I began getting into dance music in my early teens and was inspired B Traits’ residency on Radio 1, she made me want to start spinning tunes myself! I bought a pair of decks off my friend and just taught myself from YouTube then picked it up really quickly, spending years just practising in my room and making mixes. It was only when I began playing at Patterns in 2016 that I thought about taking my passion to the next level and starting a career in music.
You recently were a guest with IOMs new ‘Breaking In’ series, can you explain a little more about this and your experience?
At the the end of last year Tech Support informed me about IOM wanting DJ’s for their mix series, so I gave them an email and Robbie messaged straight back saying he’d love a mix from me. The responses were great (and how I actually got the Manchester gig), and was one of the most successful mixes they put out which I was thrilled about. This lead onto them inviting me to feature on their ‘Breaking In’ panel, alongside Dan Tait (Pioneer), Barely Legal, Sarah (FMLY) and Dylan (One House), discussing our journeys and breaking into the industry. It was amazing and I really loved being up there, helping to inspire the next gen - such a great feeling! IOM are onto great things and it was a pleasure to be invited down.
What artists inspire you?
Where do I start! I find new inspirations every day but a few examples are Move D, Jayda G, Byron The Aquarius, Kyle Hall, Lakuti, Cody Currie. I’m really inspired by soulful, raw, Detroit House sounds and try to mix up my sets with Disco, US Garage, Italo House but keeping that classic jazzy and groovy sound that’s close to my heart, which you can hear in the mix!
Any goals you’ve set yourself for the year ahead?
Production, production, production is definitely the next step for me. It’s been pretty crazy settling into London and gigging, however I’m creating time to really learn and work on my own tunes. I really want to start playing more sets in different cities as well, and abroad would be even better! I’ve got Peckham Rye Festival and Noisily lined up for this summer but it would be great to get more festivals in, and if not - next year!! Also working on my own events - I run ‘Freshly Squeezed’ with Eliza Rose and ‘Faro & Friends’. We’ve got a couple of plans for FS in the pipeline this summer in London, as well as Brighton dates we’ve already got locked down.
Who would your dream B2B be with and where would you be playing?
I’ve always said I’d love to go b2b with Move D - I feel our styles and vibe would compliment each other so well and he’s my fave. Definitely somewhere like Love International, outside on Tisno beach whilst the sun sets. Yes pleeeeeease.
The bubbly and humble character of Faro, we wish her the best of luck for her progression and can’t wait to see where she ends up! Check out her mix for us as she debuts our brand now ‘InParadiso’ mix series. Check her out and keep up to date with her gigs and music over on her Facebook & SoundCloud.