Francesco Casaburi, born in Bonconvento (Tuscany) on 23 September 1968.
“I had two uncles who were street vendors selling cassettes and vinyl records, my parents did the same job for costume jewelry. When we met at fairs most of the time I didn't spend it at my parents booth”.
In 1983 Francesco receives a mixer powered by a 9v battery as a gift, he removes the turntable from the hi-fi system in his living room and finds another used one. It is in the basement of his house that his musical journey will begin.
Between birthday parties and meetings with friends, his garage will become a meeting point for the teenagers in the neighborhood.
This will attract the attention of the city's nightclub, very famous for its Sunday afternoons.
“It took me a year and a half before I let a well-known DJ listen to my first mixed tape. It was my choice, it had to be a job well done!"
In 1985 Francesco starts working at the "Y" discotheque in Certaldo (Florence) on Sunday afternoons. From here he begins his apprenticeship in various clubs in the Tuscan provinces, including: Barcaccina in Livorno, Imperiale in Tirrenia, Tartana in Follonica and Insomnia in Pisa.
The name FARFA is born in a "psychedelic evening" among friends in Tirrenia, in 1990. They will be the ones who gives him this stage name.
In 1991 he begins his international career by participating in the birth of the Rave Age in Paris and in the development of the progressive and techno scene in Europe.
In the mid-90s Farfa becomes part of the English Music Scene where some specialized magazines begin to write articles on the "Farfa phenomenon" including Dj Mag, Melody Maker and Update, while Ben Turner's Muzik choose him for the cover of his first issue.
"It makes me smile to think that in 1987 I was an ordinary tourist on his first trip to London to "hunt for vinyl", and after almost 8 years I found myself playing in the best clubs in the city”.
Barcelona will be his adopted city for almost 13 years, serving as the logistical center for his international travels. In Spain, Farfa will build his personal and recording projects by collaborating with various realities and professionals in the music scene.
From 1995 to 2004 he will reach his peak of worldwide popularity.
From 2005 begins an exponential commercialization of the DJ figure at an international level.
“At one point, I realized that the world was changing drastically: I felt compelled to adapt quickly to the advent of digital technology.”
Farfa rides the wave of the expansion of popularity, but in 2011 he will face the identity crisis that will lead him to choose to retire from the media scene by decreasing his work rhythms until 2017.
“It was only a few years later that I realized how counterproductive this choice was for my music which has always been my mission. I realized that music, through a consistent digitization, had lost all its attractive and spiritual component”.
Since 2017, after years of study and reflections on music, Francesco begins to select collaborations and events aimed at a musical dimension that draws from his origins, enriched with new sounds. And it will be from the same year that he begins an ongoing collaboration with the Tenax of Florence, of which Academy he will become a teacher.
“It was like taking a trip to hell and being reborn with a new consciousness. The circularity of the vinyl, like a spiral, pushed me upwards, giving me new light and confirming the spiritual power of analogue music”.
Today Francesco Farfa is recognized as a proponent of the electronic music clubbing scene, he continues to perform all over the world and collaborates in contemporary musical projects, merging his ideas with the new generations.
Festivals and Events
COSMOS FACTORY | MOZINOR (Paris) INSTANT KARMA | FULL MOON + TOTAL ECLIPSE PARTIES (Guadalupe) ELECTRONIC FESTIVAL (Carcassonne) AURORA BOREALIS (Montpellier) THE WEST | MTV (Italia) DANCE VALLEY (Hol) LIGHT NATION (Tolouse) BRHAMA BEAT (Buenos Aires) THE GROOVE PARADE (Monegros) SONAR (Barcelona) BILBAO LIVE (Bilbao) CASINO' DE MONTREAUX (Losanne) STREET PARADE (Zurich) MASFESTIVAL + NESCAFE’ (Mexico) FENDI OPENING (Tokio) STREET PARADE (Lima) NATURE ONE (Frankfurt) TRIBAL GATERING (Munich) LOVE PARADE (Berlin) U4 FESTIVAL (Cartagena) RESIXXTANCE (Sao Paulo) SUBWAY VIBRATION FESTIVAL for A.I.R.C. | MAZDA PALACE (Genova) EZO FESTIVAL (Tbilisi) POLIFONIC (Cisternino) VOX MARMORIS (Carrara)
PACHA (Ibiza, Sitges, La Pineda, Sharm El Sheik) SPACE | PRIVILEGE | AMNESIA | PIKES | B12 (Ibiza) BCM | TITOS (Mallorca) PORT (Odessa) FLORIDA135 (Fraga) LA TERRAZA | SLOW | ROTARY | RED 58 | ZAMNA (Barcellona) PUZZLE | BARRACA | ROXY | 69MONOS | FRIENDS (Valencia) LA REAL (Oviedo) SPACE OF SOUND | FABRIK (Madrid) KEOPS (San Sebastian) HEAVEN | MINISTRY OF SOUND | GARDENING CLUB | CLUB UK | TURNMILLS | THE CROSS | LION & LAMB | FOLD (London) LAKOTA (Bristol) BACK TO BASSICS (Leeds) REX | QUEEN | CASINO’ NOVEAU | CABARET SAUVAGE (Paris) NYCLUB | LA DUNE (Montpellier) BIKINI | OXID | INTIMITY (Tolouse) FLORT | ROYAL | HOME (Budapest) ITALIAN FACTORY (Dublin) LA ROCCA (Bruxelles) ROXY (Amsterdam) MAD | D-CLUB (Losanne) Q (Zurich) RAL (Lugano) EWERK | CLUB DER VISIONAIRE | ELSE | RENATE | HOPPETOSSE | WATERGATE (Berlin) TRIBEHOUSE (Dusseldorf) PLUS SODA (Athens) CAVO PARADISO | PARADISE CLUB (Mikonos) VINYL (NYC) CROBAR | OPIUM (Miami) YELLO (Tokio) LOVE (Sao Paulo) SIRENA (Maresias) PACHA (Buenos Aires) LA MOROCHA (Punta De L'Este) PENELOPE | GOTICA (Bogotà) STUDIO MARTIN (Bucaresti) PUSSY CLUB | RENEISSANCE PARTY (Helsinky) ROXY | HET SIEERAD (Amsterdam) SAVE OUR SOUND | JOLENE (Copenaghen) PIPER | ZEN | GOA | BRANCALEONE | CIELO TERRA | CIRCOLO DEGLI ILLUMINATI (Roma) TEMPIO DEL FUTURO PERDUTO | OPAL | MAGAZZINI GENERALI | BASE (Milano) INSOMNIA (Ponsacco) IMPERIALE (Tirrenia) TENAX (Firenze) LA BARCACCINA (Vadali) TARTANA (Follonica) FRAU MARLEEN (Torre Del Lago) LE VELE (Alassio) CASA MIA | BONFIM (Genova) COVO DI NORD EST (Santa Margherita Ligure) MURETTO (Lido di Jesolo) PETER PAN | COCORICO (Riccione) PRAYA (Gallipoli) GARDEN | CLOROFILLA | NAFURA (Castellaneta) MARABU (Taormina) WOO! (Napoli) MAGIC CLUB (Padova) VENICEBERG (Verona) MIND THE GAP | RETRO NOVEAU (Messina)
1991 FRANCESCO FARFA “Learn to fly” (INTERACTIVE TEST) 1991 TFO feat FRANCESCO FARFA “Keep me in your love” (USU) 1992 FRANCESCO FARFA | JOY KITICONTI pres HOYOS CORYA feat TIZY “Oye” (UMM) 1992 FRANCESCO FARFA “Farfability” (INTERACTIVE TEST) 1992 FRANCESCO FARFA | JOY KITICONTI “Mesopotamia” (WIRLPOOL) 1994 FRANCESCO FARFA | JOY KITICONTI “2003 ep” (DREAM REC) 1997 MR MESSAGE – “let me take u up” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 1997 FRANCESCO FARFA “Psychedetnic one” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 1998 FRANCESCO FARFA | JOY KITICONTI “Touch” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2000 VERDI | FARFA “Mediterraneo” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2000 FRANCESCO FARFA meets PLEASURE TEAM “The Search” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2000 FRANCESCO FARFA meets PLEASURE TEAM “The Flame” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2001 VERDI | FARFA “Cuba” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2002 FRANCESCO FARFA “Tartana” | “The Kings Of Dirty Gold” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2003 FRANCESCO FARFA “Universal Love” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2003 FRANCESCO FARFA “The Kings Of Dirty Gold” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2005 FRANCESCO FAFA “Acidazzo” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2006 FRANCESCO FARFA “Changin shapes” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2006 FRANCESCO FARFA “Acida 220” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL | UNIVERSAL) 2007 FRANCESCO FARFA “Outing” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2008 NEO “The Elected” (SERIAL KILLER VINYL) 2008 ANIME VOLANTI “Anime volanti” (PRESSLAB) 2008 FRANCESCO FARFA “Founding Magdalen” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2008 ANIME VOLANTI “Travel high” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2008 ANIME VOLANTI “Stella" (EPSILON REC) 2009 FRANCESCO FARFA “White sabbath” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2010 FARFASOUND CLAN “House Piano” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2010 FRANCESCO FARFA “ Putxet” (LAPSUS) 2011 FARFABILITY2011 “Don’t mess with the kid” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2011 FARFA | SFORZINA “Sequential bondage” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2020 FRANCESCO FARFA | SANDRO C. “Purple Break” (SUDBEAT) 2020 FRANCESCO FARFA “Keith” | “Airship” (AIR TRANCE) 2021 YOUGER THAN ME | FRANCESCO FARFA “Glory hole" | “Slave Master" (90’s) 2021 FRANCESCO FARFA “Reminiscenze Nottetempo ep" (DANZA TRIBALE) 2021 FRANCESCO FARFA “Mistic and Mistakes" (FRENETICA) 2022 FRANCESCO FARFA “Laser beam” (AIR TRANCE)
1992 DISCUSS "Tralala" (FLYING REC) 1995 CASPAR POUND "House" (ASCENSION | RISING HIGH) 1996 SUPERNOVA UK “Radiations” (DATA) 2001 JOSE PADILLA “Adios Ayer” (WARNER | DRO) 2003 SIMPLE MINDS “Space face” (ABSOLUTELY) 2006 DJ CHUS “Cubic” SUPERFLYIN (STEREO) 2007 NATE JAMES “High Times” (UNIVERSAL) 2008 SUPERNOVA ITA “Dude” (LAPSUS | SONY) 2009 SANDRO C “Walking” (AUDIOESPERANTO) 2009 MAH! “Apple” (RECLINE) 2009 MIKI THE DOLPHIN “Allow my future” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2010 ALEN SFORZINA “Nada” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2011 MASSI PAOLI “Duermete Mar” (AUDIO ESPERANTO) 2011 ELISHA GREY “Come Togheter” (SPINNA REC) 2022 D’JULZ “Est.1992” (BASS CULTURE) 2022 DJ FEDE “Las Salinas” (BALEARIA) 2023 FABIO KINKY “Freaky boundaries” (SUN GENERATION) 2023 DJ FEDE “San Josep De Sa Talaia” (BALEARIA) 2023 TORB “Sunriser” (BORDEL) 2023 STEB "Ritual Sunrise" FRANCESCO FARFA | MIKI The Dolphin Remix (SUN GENERATION)
2005 Human Bridge (SERIAL KILLER)