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Mark Farina

Making a name for himself mainly as a DJ, Mark Farina has had a large hand in the building of San Francisco's house music scene. Originally from Chicago, Farina is in the same generation of Chicago house music legends Derrick Carter and Cajmere. Mostly associated with the Mushroom Jazz series of releases, Farina is known for his down-tempo but dancefloor-friendly style of mixing jazz, house, and hip-hop.

Farina started DJing at the age of 15 in his hometown of Chicago. The city's large hand in the creation of house music had a strong influence on Farina and acted as a large source of inspiration for his DJing. At Northwestern University's radio station, WNUR, Farina and his airwaves partner Derrick Carter produced a Friday night radio show for two years. During this time, Farina released Mood as part of the trio Symbols and Instruments.

Shortly after his time at Northwestern University, Farina relocated to San Francisco. Using his musical influences, Farina made a mix tape of down-tempo house tunes called Mushroom Jazz. Soon after, the album's title spawned a type of sound and grew popular due in part to Farina's weekly residency at a local club called Jazid Up. The local notoriety of the mix tape eventually resulted in a CD of the same name on Om Records in October of 1996 and led to a global tour, which Farina headlined. In 1996, he also produced another continuous-mix CD, Seasons One, on Domestic Records. The second installation in his original series, Mushroom Jazz, Vol. 2, was released in 1998, once again resulting in another promotional tour lead by the now seasoned DJ. Farina released two more mix CDs in 1998, United DJs of America, Vol. 9 (Moonshine) and Imperial Dub, Vol. 1 (Studio !K7). After the string of mix CDs, Farina released an original work in 1998, "Midnight Calling." The track went virtually unnoticed due to the fact that Farina's mix CDs and DJing appearances were receiving most of the promotional attention. In 1999, the first in a series of CDs by Om Records meant to highlight San Francisco DJs, debuted with Farina. The CD showcased Farina's style of mixing jazzy down-tempo and disco vocal-oriented tracks. The CD was also released as a triple-vinyl pack containing, in their entirety, all the songs Farina used for the CD. In 2001, Farina continued with the Mushroom Jazz series, releasing the much-awaited third installment. ~ Diana Potts
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If you like his mid-tempo stuff, try to track down Mushroom Jazz tape series. This is before the CDs were released. He used to put 60 or 90 minute tapes on cassettes. They may be on soundcloud or mixcloud. He made at least 15 of these.
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dgarcia066
Just saw him at a show at SXSW. He did a two hour set and was amazing. I got to meet him afterwards and he was the nicest guy ever. Made my week/weekend / m o n t h .
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I really enjoyed reading Pandoras' bio on Farina, because I distinctly remember the introduction of Mushroom Jazz in SF, sparking a sort of 'revolution' ! Love this guy...I agree, that he shaped the San Francisco House music sound, making the mere mention of his name synonymous w/SF.
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Anybody remember Melodic events in so cal back in the days
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just saw him at bar XV last night in portland-- epic! how house should be; small venue, packed with sweaty people dancing hard to amazing music!
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A yo everytime I listen to this dude I Trip out
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jazzovaya.ma c h i n a
I've loved his music 8 years ago, and my love for it continues to this day..
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mike02629
Farina seamlessly mixes dance, hip-hop, and jazz.

The end justifies the means and both Farina and Pete Rock serve as vehicles to my happy place.

Keep on, keeping on!
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caseysmom45
Bang this ISH!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! Errbody to the dance floooo!!!! YES!!!
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I love him
he's good!
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One of my all time fave DJs! Met him a few times. Knows me as "The Whistler"... w h i c h I'm known in Seattle for back in the days of kickin it in the clubs!
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i have been listining to mark farina since the early 90,s and he is still awesome. turbo house groove.
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jazzyblues79
Mark!!!!!!! FAARRRIIIINN N N A A A A ! FINALLY Pandora plays him on my station! yay! Makes me happy to my pants!
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Found Marks music in 2009, love his stuff. Mushroom Jazz forever!!! Cali Spaces!!!
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One of the most humble persons I've had the pleasure of dancing and conversing with.
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chicago house foreva!
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mmmmmmhhhhhh h m m m m m m m m m m m i like this its simple yet complex
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Chicago is where house started. Nice work!
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jecemar
Was freaking awesome to see Mark Farina years later in Madison Wisconsin last Friday ;)
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Damn, the best Mushroom Jazz etc. ever!
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lilafrazier6
Mark Farina knows how to keep a dance floor moving 'till 4am. Chicago wants you back!
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DJ Mark Farina.... What can i say. Everything you touch is good listening, i always look forward to hearing what's next
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making my bones rattle.....m m m m m m yaaaa!
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This guy is so talented!

His mixes always put me in a good mood!
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Totally fell head over heels in love with Farina & Hayes's 2003 single "Dream Machine". It's very simple, the vocals are very honest and it rocks! Dream on, dude!
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GRANDE Farina!!! saludos desde Buenos Aires....... .
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I remember that Friday night show on WNUR. It was sometimes hard to get the signal downtown. Super hard to get in Hyde Park where I'd be partying usually during those teenage years. I'd try though.

How come DJ Fiasco isn't on Pandora? He was just as big, or bigger, no?
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Chicago style House music legend indeed! Jazz it up Mark Farina.
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He's awesome live. My favorite.
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LOVE
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great dj this coming from dj henry's mom and also mom/good friend of dj lou, & g-dubbs in the mix
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All my favs mixed into a tasty House cocktail. ty barkeep.
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House Music..it's a feeling..dee p , deep inside. It's a healing, uplifting music. I credit House Music with helping me overcome Ovarian Cancer. Cancer free for 14 years!
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nicholas.sto n e r
Mushroom Jazz is something else!
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bamboo_sanda l s
when you know, you know!
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It just might be...Chicago
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Mark Rocks.
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you really cant beat good house music..
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Consistently rockin and grrooovin.
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It's a shame that Mark Farina's music flys under the radar. His sound is refreshing and tight!
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I remember a dude on my bus ride home introduced me to Mushroom Jazz in like 98.
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A staple in my playlists for damn near twenty years. On more than one occasion I've driven 800 miles to see him.
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Been dancing to your beats for more than half my life! Since I was 14 years old! Keep it up PLEASE
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Keep rocking the dance floor!
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The vocals in "Dream Machine" are enhanting and haunting. Love it !!!!
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cosmicgoddes s
Mark makes/mixes the sexiest beats, that man can make a crowd GET DOWN! I LOVE his style...and he's sweet as pie...Thanks for all the years of fabulous music!
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You are the BOMB
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nchristie03
Mark Farina is like coming home to Friends and Family or Back of Townsend!! Love you Mark!
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Mark Farina rocks!
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this is great music. great to dance to. it vibrant, smooth, and laid back.
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