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Mark Farina

Mark Farina

Mark Farina has solidified himself in the pantheon of Dance Music as a trailblazing DJ, Producer, taste-maker and bonafide House Music icon.  After 3 decades crisscrossing the globe, he shows no signs of slowing down and remains innovative, humble, and firmly rooted in the underground.

“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.”

At 16 years old, in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, Mark discovered the ‘80s underage club mecca, Medusa’s.  While record shopping at Import’s Etc. in 1988, Farina met fellow innovator, Derrick Carter, who steered him towards ground breaking House Music Producers of the time.  Later that year, Farina cut his teeth with an impressive residency at Chicago’s legendary live music venue, Smart Bar.  In 1989, Mark and Chris Nazuka (aka Symbols and Instruments) signed with Kevin Sanderson’s KMS records and released “Mood” which sold over 35,000 copies and is credited as the first “Ambient House” track.

M-Farina-9Farina then pushed musical boundaries even further when he…

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