Mark Farry
Portland, OR
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Mark Farry

Mark F.

Portland, OR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
DJing is both a technical skill and an art form. I will teach you both. Over the course of many years and many house parties, bars, clubs, festivals, and underground venues I have learned how to set a mood and move a dancefloor. I can share with you the techniques & insight I have gained along my journey.

About Mark F.

My name is Mark. I am a DJ, music producer, and instructor based in Portland, OR. I have been producing electronic music since 2008 and DJing since 2012.

My history includes: operating a music blog in 2008 to ride the wave of electronic music's popularization, co-founding an online community of house music enthusiasts in 2015, hosting a weekly radio show at KPSU in 2016, launching a podcast focusing on storytelling through melodic house & techno music, and more recently organizing music events & festivals in the PNW region. I have played in low-light bars and on elaborate festival stages. I have written music to dance wildly to and music to meditate calmly to. I have played music to friends at home and I have played music to strangers in a foreign country. I seek to share the insights I have gained along my journey.

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Amy S.
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Mark is so amazing - I almost don't want to tell anyone because I don't want him to become too busy.
Seriously though, he's so helpful. He breaks down complicated equipment & concepts into understandable pieces.
It also is clear that he's passionate about what he does!
Love lessons with Mark!

Posted Sep 13, 2020
Amy S.
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Mark is great! Helped me understand the basics and ease into learning. He was so helpful with answering any questions I had. Looking forward to growing my skills with him!

Posted Jul 20, 2020
Dan
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I had the pleasure of working with Mark over the course of ten weeks recently as I wanted to radically improve my abilities as a DJ. From the moment we began, Mark and I connected over similar musical tastes, and he understood my goals that I was setting for myself.

Mark worked with me by giving me stylistic feedback and walked me through technical details that gave me the comfort to start DJing my own sets. In this era where distance learning is the norm and virtual broadcasting is getting more commonplace, the work that I did with Mark has allowed me to operate with confidence. I began doing weekly streams (which had rough beginnings!) that became were the basis for work we were doing together.

I would highly recommend someone who needs help getting started DJing and also needs someone to bounce music ideas off of as they're honing in their craft. Thank you again, Mark!

Posted Jun 10, 2020
Joaquin V.
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Very patient with my 13 year old son who is just beginning. Could not have asked for anyone better.

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Hayden S.
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Fantastic first session

Posted Apr 26, 2020
David
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Really great at explaining everything. Very patient. Great instructor!

Posted Apr 18, 2020
david
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I've had three lessons with Mark so far, and it's been great since the start. He's open to any style of learning, and has a really calm and welcoming attitude. I kind of love him.

Posted Feb 4, 2020
Sandy S.

Very receptive and accomodating to questions.

Posted Jan 13, 2020
Christopher
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Great lesson for our seven-year old. Explained concepts in a way our son could grasp, very patient and just the right pace.

Posted Jan 12, 2020
Daniel S
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Mark is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and friendly to work with. He has been helping me mix music in Ableton and I am very excited about what we have created. Mark is quite articulate about music which allows us to thoroughly examine the different sounds and elements in a song to better understand what we like and what could be improved upon. I recommend him as a teacher to students of all ability levels and am excited for us to continue working together.

Posted Apr 19, 2019

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Experience

Professional DJ
Feb 2016 - Present

Self-employed

I've been actively DJing in nightclubs, at festivals, underground raves, and renegade desert parties since 2016. I've learned a thing or two in the process!

Radio Show Host
Jan 2016 - Jun 2017

KPSU

I hosted a weekly radio show, featuring the latest releases in underground house & techno music, various local Portland DJs, notable record labels, and a mix of tracks from my personal library.

Education

Bachelors of Science: Finance
Aug 2015 - Jun 2017

Portland State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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