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Mark Farina

Known primarily for his downtempo approach to mixing jazz, house, and hip-hop -- a style he dubbed "mushrooom jazz" -- DJ and producer Mark Farina played a major role in the building of San Francisco's house music scene. Originally from Chicago, Farina started DJ'ing at the age of 15, greatly inspired by his city's major contribution to underground dance music. A few years later, while at nearby Northwestern University, he made his production debut with "Mood" (KMS, 1989), created as one-third of Symbols & Instruments beside WNUR radio partner Derrick Carter and Chris Nazuka. Farina subsequently relocated to San Francisco and developed "mushroom jazz," a sound that grew from a local residency into global gigs, as well as an extensive series of like-titled mix albums that began in 1996 and continued into the latter half of the 2010s. Even without the Mushroom Jazz volumes, Farina's discography of commercially released DJ sets would be extensive, including Seasons One (Domestic, 1996) and United DJs of America (DMC, 1998), a shared release with Carter titled Live at OM (OM, 2004), and Fabric 40 (Fabric, 2008). Farina's production discography is comparatively short, highlighted by "Dream Machine," a collaboration with Sean Hayes that was licensed for use as the lead track on Stéphane Pompougnac's Hôtel Costes 8. ~ Diana Potts & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Air Farina

1. Take Off

2. Love Make's

3. Layover 1

4. Betcha Do

5. Leaving SF

6. To Do

7. Talk to Me

8. Layover 2

9. Dream Machine

10. Layover 3

11. Fusbol

12. Dropped Into Water

13. We Gotta Get

14. Gramma So

15. Gramma Si

16. Layover 4

17. Travel

18. Layover 5

19. Radio

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Track List: Back To The House

1. Bringin' It Back (GLA Mix)

2. Bringin' Tha Track

3. Bringin' It Back (Motto Mix)

4. Borders

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Track List: Cali Spaces

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Track List: Dream Machine (Remixes)

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Track List: The Pezzner Mixes

1. Life (Pezzner Mix)

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Saw him at EDC Dallas in 2010 for the first time, didn't know what his name was until I searched every artist that played that stage that night. Instantly became my favorite house DJ and still is.
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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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