DJ Mark Farina

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Chicago, Illinois, USA. One of the leading DJs on the San Francisco, California, USA house scene, Farina originally fell in love with dance music in the mid-80s. By 1988, Farina was searching the record bins to build his collection, and it was at the renowned Chicago DJ record shop, Imports Etc., that he bumped into another up-and-coming DJ, Derrick Carter. Soon after, a friendship blossomed. What began as a mere hobby for Farina soon turned far serious however (as he was able to focus solely on building his record collection, by living rent-free with his parents). Farina later shared an apartment with Carter, as the duo began working together on tracks (often alongside another DJ, Chris Nazuka), and began to soak in the two leading US techno scenes, their home town of Chicago, as well as Detroit, Michigan.

Farina and Carter made their recording debut under the moniker Symbols And Instruments in 1989. A recording that is often heralded as one...

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