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Mark Farina Biography

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Genres: Electronica/Dance

Mark Farina was born March 25, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois is a disc jockey and musician, known for his Chicago house, acid jazz and downtempo works. He is primarily identified with the house music scene in San Francisco, California, where he resides, but DJs widely around the world.

Shortly after Farina befriended Derrick Carter in 1988 at a record store in Chicago, he developed an interest in house music. Farina experimented with a deeper style, dropping De La Soul, disco classics and other styles not being played in the main rooms of nightclubs. While exploring purist forms of house music, Farina developed his trademark style, known as Mushroom Jazz: acid jazz infused with the West Coast’s jazzy, organic productions along with urban beats.

Fans embraced Farina’s downtempo style, and he started a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in San Francisco with Patty Ryan. In three years at the club, Farina and Mushroom Jazz established a following. When the club closed, Farina continued the tradition by releasing a series of albums under the same name, “Mushroom Jazz.” Since then, Farina has been performing hundreds of shows worldwide each year. Some of his sets have been known to last up to eight hours.

Notable Farina releases include his album “Mood” on KMS Records in 1989 and the “Mushroom Jazz” series on Om Records, issued between 1996 and 2011, and the house compilations “El Divinio.”