“ I look at my job as a modern day traveling minstrel, to bring new music
to as many places as I can, and expose obscure records that, otherwise,
might go hidden.” While Mark Farina may be able to sum up his job
description in a sentence, there is much more to be written. Mark
developed his musical tastes in Chicago – listening to house music on the
radio, living in one of the country’s most primordial breeding grounds for
house. Around ’88, while record shopping at Imports, Etc., he met Derrick
Carter and a friendship began. “I just ended up there between classes, I
ended up buying his picks. He steered me toward the cutting edge House
producers of the time.”

“ I started playing when I lived with my parents and didn’t have any bills
to pay so I could just buy records. My intentions were never to just make
money, it’s nice, but it’s kind of turned into a job by accident - it was
a hobby that turned into a job.”

On CD, Mark has recorded both of his dominant musical personalities. His
first mix, ‘Mushroom Jazz’ on Om Records, is defined by a hip-hop
sub-groove with jazzy, dubby elements in the down-tempo range. It was
followed by ‘Seasons’, a critically acclaimed House mix. An Imperial Dub
mixed CD, a guest slot in the pedigreed ‘United DJs of America’ series,
‘ Mushroom Jazz 2’ (Om Records) and ‘San Francisco Sessions, Vol. I’ (Om
Records) to round out the Farina catalog. ‘Mushroom Jazz 3’ traces the
pattern of the previous releases in the series with a mellow, downbeat
groove programmed and mixed as none other but Farina could do. In 2002,
Mark has released original productions, as well as another OM mixed CD
‘ Connect’, and recorded what was to be the final installment of Mushroom
Jazz, Volume 4. Once again, Mark delighted fans and followed up with
another Mushroom Jazz CD, V.5 in 2005. For 2006 look out for the launch of
his new record label, Great Lakes Audio and MOS CD compilation "Sessions"