Mark Farina (born March 25, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a disc jockey and musician, known for his Chicago house, acid jazz and downtempo works. Notable releases include Mood (KMS Records, 1989) and the Mushroom Jazz series (Om Records, 19962011), and recently known also from house compilations El Divinio. He is primarily identified with the house music scene in San Francisco, California, where he resides, but DJs widely around the world.
Shortly after Mark befriended Derrick Carter in 1988 at a record store in Chicago, he developed an interest in House music. Mark experimented with a deeper style, dropping De La Soul, disco classics and other styles not being played in the main rooms of nightclubs. While exploring purist forms of House Music, Mark developed his trademark style, known as "Mushroom Jazz": acid jazz infused with the West Coast's jazzy, organic productions along with urban beats. Fans embraced Mark's downtempo style, and he started a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in San Francisco with Patty Ryan. In 3 years at the club, Farina and Mushroom Jazz established a following. When the club closed, Farina continued the tradition by releasing a series of CDs under the same name, Mushroom Jazz. Since then, Mark has been performing hundreds of shows worldwide each year. His House sets have been described as the jazzy side of Chicago House mixed San Francisco style. Some of his sets have been known to last up to 8 hours. Farina has been known to play two different rooms at the same party. URB, MUZIK and BPM Magazines have all had him on their Top DJs In The World lists.
Like a mad scientist skillfully blasting recombined DNA through speaker coils, Bowie van Ling seamlessly splices together a vast landscape of sound and style, ringing in a perpetually fresh approach to music. Whomp and glitch styles are anchored with the choicest hip hop, latin, funk, dub-styles, and that NEW new 'ish' into floor-stomps, pop-locks, and grooves that don't stop. Undeniable flow provokes a mass mutual love for the music, and an overwhelming desire to at least celebrate life, if not tear the roof off!
Bowie van Ling has been Voted Best DJ/Turntablist in Western North Carolina, 3 years running. He's is a household name throughout the South East's flourishing dance music culture, he's quickly gaining recognition being featured at some of the best parties on the block, sharing the stage alongside world-class acts the likes of: STS9, Widespread Panic, Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, Shpongle, Dieselboy, Tricky, DJ Vadim, Richard Devine, Prefuse 73, Eliot Lipp, and even Eryka Badu. Performances include music and arts festivals: Bonnaroo, Trinumeral '08, and 09, Illumination, The Echo Project, Luminescence, and Tron-a-Thon, as well as hundreds of shows at venues spanning America and Europe.
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