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The travelling minstrel - Mark Farina to play in Melbourne

Author: Clea Woods
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Mark Farina :: "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." While Mark Farina may be able to sum up his job description in a sentence, there is much more to be written.

Mark 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."

This 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 20 DJ's in the world by 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.

The past year Mark has been releasing his own productions again, doing remixes for such labels as Silver Network and Classic and releasing tracks on Om and Music For Freaks. His first full-length album of original work, "Air Farina" is scheduled for release on Om in October of 2003.

Family Presents
Mark Farina
Saturday December 27
Seven Nightclub,
52 Albert Road, South Melbourne.
Doors open 10pm.