House music DJ Mark Farina returns to Vail
Ryan Summerlin December 12, 2013
Samana Lounge hosts Mark Farina tonight, coinciding with Vail’s Snow Daze event.
“It has become a tradition over the past few years to have Mark perform the Friday night of Snow Daze at Samana Lounge,” according to Samana’s talent buyer Ross Cohen. “Each year Mark performs at Samana giving Snow Daze-goers a place to go after the Friday night concert lets out.”
Farina is known as a modern day record minstrel and has entertained crowds globally, playing to more than a million fans per year. As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in dance music, Farina’s known for both his unique style of mixing jazz, downtempo and house music, as well as for inventing “mushroom jazz,” which is West Coast jazzy organic productions combined with East Coast hip-hop and urban beats.
Drawing from his vibrant youth, which included being a trumpet player in marching band, a drummer in a cover band and a guest DJ for Friday nights on WNUR (Chicago), Farina found his passion for the world of vinyl, turntables and nightclubs. At 16, he began his DJ career as a resident at Chicago’s underage mecca, Medusa’s. At the same time, he joined forces with emerging DJs Derrick Carter and Chris Nazuka, then moved into a loft space called Rednail. Rednail became infamous not only for raucous parties but also as the home to the trio’s first productions under the moniker, Symbols & Instruments. Their release, “MOOD,” sold 35,000 copies in the U.S. and U.K. and is credited as “the first ambient house track.”
Farina relocated to San Francisco in 1992. Fans embraced his downtempo style and he started co-hosting a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in ’93. In three years, Farina established a following for his mushroom jazz sound and in 1996, OM Records released the first mixed comp CD, simply titled, “Mushroom Jazz.”
Since then, Farina has released seven volumes of Mushroom Jazz, with 2013 marking the 20th anniversary of the series. When Farina’s not touring the world, headlining festivals including Harbour life (Sydney), Southport Weekender (U.K.), DEMF (Detroit), Coachella (Cali.) and T in the Park (Scotland), you’re likely to find him in his studio working on new releases or podcasts for his label, Great Lakes Audio.
On days off, he’ll be cruising his ’68 Toronado with his son, Dylan (aka “Little Peanut”), and his Yorkie, Pumpkin.
“Mark Farina is one of the most well known names in the house music scene and this is one event that should not be missed this winter,” Cohen said.
Local artist adamROSS will start the night out with his style of deep tech house music.