Mark Farina has solidified himself in the pantheon of Dance Music as a trailblazing DJ, Producer, tastemaker and bona fide House Music icon. After 3 decades criss-crossing 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.” Farina pushed musical boundaries even further when he experimented with a deeper style of music that wasn’t being played in the main rooms of nightclubs. Combining the likes of De La Soul with disco classics and Martin Luther King samples, he seamlessly blended West Coast jazzy beats, acid jazz grooves, the Chicago House sound of his youth and some ‘90s New York Hip-Hop. The result: Mushroom Jazz. The birth of this new sound cemented Farina’s musical versatility. He recorded limited-edition cassette tapes that would sell out in minutes at Chicago’s Gramophone Records, the store Mark worked at in the early 90’s. In a testament to the series’ continued impact on the culture of Dance Music, in 2016, Mark dropped Mushroom Jazz Eight which not only celebrated its 25th Anniversary but also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album Chart. Currently, Farina is the head honcho at his record label, Great Lakes Audio, where he actively fans the flames of House Music in it’s purest form.