Conversamos com o DJ Mark Farina que apresenta seu projeto “Mushroom Jazz” em São Paulo

O americano Mark Farina é DJ lendário e veterano com trinta anos de pista. Iniciou sua carreira durante os anos 80 em Chicago, sua cidade natal, ao lado de Derrick Carter, representando o Chicago House. No início dos anos 90 mudou-se pra San Francisco e começou a mesclar a sua música com acid jazz e hip-hop, criando a série “Mushroom Jazz”, onde faz uma mistura única de downtempo, jazz, hip-hop e r&b em compilações mixadas como um set de house. O resultado é sempre refinado e de muito bom gosto. Em 2016 a série completou 25 anos e lançou a mais recente compilação “Mushroom Jazz Vol. 8” que traz nomes como Freddie Joachim, DJ Spinna, Jazzual Suspects, entre outros que você escuta no fim do post. Continue reading

Mark Farina: Mushroom Jazz Returns?

Imagine a down-tempo fusion of hip hop instrumentals, funk classics, acid jazz and some curveballs, all liberally soaked in lysergic acid diethylamide, and you’d be getting there. While the UK had the snappier (and now perhaps discredited) trip hop, in the US, ‘mushroom jazz’ became firstly a compilation series and latterly, a quasi-genre. Its architect was Mark Farina, a second-generation Chicago DJ who rose up in the wake of the house gold rush of the late 1980s, alongside peers like Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, DJ Heather and Mark Picchiotti. Although Farina is at least as well known for his deep house sets, his reputation as a DJ par excellence was built on the Mushroom Jazz series, which this year marks its 20th anniversary (and eighth in the series). We caught up with the San Francisco-based DJ to ask him about his fungal funk mixes, the early industrial scene in Chi-town and the impact of EDM. Continue reading

Review – Mark Farina Electrified Sold Out Crowd @ Ophelia’s

Mark Farina returned to Denver in similar style: a late night set, an intimate venue and a packed crowd. Farina played at a sold-out Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, fueling listeners through his Friday night set and love of playing in the 303. Continue reading