Mark Farina
Mark FarinaMark Farina

What can say about this talented technician behind the turn table that a real House Music fan doesn’t already know? We know Mark is someone who has been an influence on the evolution of house music but still remains in the underground. Even though he should top many of these DJ lists that happen every year – Mark tends to fly under the radar a little bit. He performs globally and is truly a travelling minstrel spreading the Chicago House sound all over the world – packing dance floors to his infectious beats. I’ve had Farina records in my collection ever since I was introduced to EDM in the 90s. I loved his music range with his Mushroom Jazz albums to his dance floor thumpin’ House Music mixes. Mark has been coming to Toronto since the mid-90s quite a bit and has a very big audience in the city and on it’s dance floors. On top of all that – Mark is a tremendous human being. I managed to meet him in Miami at the Winter Music Conference through my association with the OM Records family. Check out this interview CLIP from the film – Click Here

Shortly after Mark befriended Derrick Carter in 1988 at a record store in Chicago, his passion for House music, and sharing it with the world, exploded. Mark experimented with a deeper style, dropping De La Soul, disco classics and other stuff that wasn’t being played in the main rooms of nightclubs.

While exploring his love for the purist forms of House Music, Mark developed his trademark style: Mushroom Jazz; acid jazz infused with the West Coast’s jazzy, organic productions along with urban beats. Fans embraced Mark’s downtempo style so much that he started a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in San Francisco with Patty Ryan. In 3 short years, the club established a fanatical, cult-like following for Farina and the Mushroom Jazz sound and continued to grow as he gave his audience a full musical experience including Chicago House for the dance floors..

Since then, Mark has been traveling the globe performing 100s of shows, to over one million club goers, a year. His House sets take fans on journeys to the jazzy side of Chicago House mixed San Fran style. Some of these sets have been known to last up to 8 hours. And sometimes you’ll find Mark playing in two different rooms at the same party, showcasing his range of rocking the big room sound to the uber-chill.

Check out this LIVE & DIRECT House Music set when Mark laid down the vinyl into the mix for an exclusive GGN podcast performance on Thanksgiving in TORONTO a few years back … Enjoy this FREE DOWNLOAD on – GGN RADIO

Farina’s taste making skills continue to turn the heads of crowds worldwide and consistently draw new fans to his style of chunky-funky rhythms and deep underground house. For more information on Mark please visit the link below…