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Marc Francis "originally began the Intergalactic Faerie Funk in response to electronic dance music culture taking itself too seriously. Why else would he have chosen such a ridiculous name?" (NOW Magazine, 2003)
IFF's journey, and by extension Marc's, has been equally as ridiculous as its name. The project was born in Philadelphia in the late 90s as Marc - then known as Marc Hug, both a well-regarded house DJ and the mastermind behind that city's legendary Killtime warehouse parties - started drifting away from the turntables and towards making house music of his own.
Disenchanted with the increasingly serious and self-conscious demeanor of the scene's biggest producers, Marc chose to assemble a team of collaborators who shared his irreverent sense of humour. They embraced a more whimsical approach to performing, emphasizing improvisation over a controlled set, and featured live bass heavily in most performances.
The sound lovingly crafted by Marc was praised for being headier and more intuitive that that of his contemporaries, drawing as much from the aural dark corners of David Lynch films as the naughtiest grooves of Parliament-Funkadelic. His sonic versatility and willingness to go against house's grain resulted in IFF being dubbed "the North Philly Kraftwerk".
"Mixing hi-tech beats with live instruments, samples, and distorted vocals [...] synthesizing the electronic with the organic so cleanly that the divisions disappear," came a description from Mixer magazine. "It's an irresistible sound that remains dreamy, yet spooky," crowed the Philadelphia City Paper.
The ensuing years saw IFF criss-cross the United States and Canada in a series of lengthy tours, including multiple headlining sets at Ontario's Om Festival and British Columbia's Soundwave Festival. Two full-length albums were released via Marc's own, now-defunct Galactique label. A solo relocation to Brooklyn saw a flurry of 12" and digital singles released via Robbaudio, XDN, and Intrinsic Design. IFF's music has been remixed by house heavy-hitters Jesse Saunders, Jeff Samuel, Someone Else, and Hesohi, and the song "Midnight Snacks" was handpicked as the subject of a Sony ACIDplanet remix contest.
After more than a decade of inactivity, revived interest in early-2000s house has led to a rediscovery of the sounds forged by Marc Francis all those years ago. An alliance with emerging NYC label Releisure means that bright new things are on the horizon for IFF. Long live thee Intergalactic Faerie Funk.
"It's action and reaction. In every kind of art form, those things take place. One thing triggers another and that triggers another. Ideas start flowing and feelings start occurring. There's so much happiness in it. It's a euphoric thing, so you always want to be doing it. In every art form there's an urge to share. It's so beautiful to share."
- David Lynch
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