Christian Pineiro invites you to SupperClub for a Special Set with Mark Farina.
MARK FARINA BIO:
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.
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."
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."
Farina first started wandering from his passion for the purist forms of
House into what grew into one of his trademark styles, Mushroom Jazz,
he was playing the main room in a club in Chicago and got demoted to the
B-room after playing too many Martin Luther King Jr. samples. Mark
experimented with a deeper style, dropping De La Soul, disco classics
and other stuff that wasn't being played in the main room. However, in
1992, Mark found a welcome place for his collection of downtempo tunes
accompanied by a small run of mix tapes entitled "Mushroom Jazz".
launched as a cassette series, the Mushroom Jazz tapes grew from the
first Chicago run of 50 copies eachon to the next stage, where 500
copies of several volumes were easily distributed and sought after.
the Acid Jazz boom began, he perfected his sound and fused the newest
tracks from the West Coast's jazzy, organic producers with the more
urban sounds he had championed in Chicago. While the predominant musical
force in SF was still dark, dubby House and Wicked-style Breaks, the
city embraced the downtempo movement with a healthy bunch of live bands
and DJs generating the tunes.
Farina, along with Patty Ryan-Smith, created the now legendary weekly
Mushroom Jazz club night in San Francisco in 1992. Every Monday night
the crowd slowly germinated from 100 for the first few months to 600-700
two years later. As time passed, Farina and Patty put their energies
into another project, the first Mushroom Jazz interactive CD-ROM for Om
Records. After a three year run, where the club had established a
fanatical, cult-like following for Farina and the Mushroom Jazz sound,
the club closed its doors and transformed into a CD series and
Mark Farina has been traveling the globe performing at literally
hundreds of shows a year, sometimes DJing both of his preferred styles
in two different rooms at the same party. At other events, he's been
known to play extended sets that lasted over eight hours. In his House
sets, Mark is known for his uniquely effortless journeys on the jazzy
side of Chicago House, mixed up San Fran style.
wandering record minstrel has played to incredible crowds all over the
globe. Consistently drawing new fans to his style of chunky-funky
rhythms and deep underground house, Mark plays upwards of 200 shows to
over one million (1,000,000) club goers per year. Voted in the top DJ's
in the world by URB, MUZIK and BPM Magazine, his taste making skills
continue to turn the heads of seasoned veterans as well as youngsters
just getting into the music.
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 downtempo 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), 'San Francisco Sessions, Vol. I' (Om
Records) and Mushroom Jazz 3 (Om Records), 'Connect' (Om Records),
'Mushroom Jazz 4', and his critically acclaimed debu artist album "Air
Farina' (Om Records). Recently, Mark Farina has released a double LIVE
mixed cd "Live at Om" w/ Derrick Carter (Om Records), and the long
awaited 'Mushroom Jazz 5'
21+ 9pm - 3am @ SupperClub - 657 Harrison St.