Nicknamed Doza since 1986. Making House Music since 2001.
Doza a.k.a. Carlos Mendoza is very aware of the effect the gloomy Seattle climate has on his music. It's even a point of pride. The weather can drive the city’s music makers indoors and underground, where they cooperate on technique, equipment and events; music makers like Pezzner, Lusine, Hanssen, Mat Anderson. The camaraderie influences the music, as does the low light. You might not be familiar with the name Doza, but if you're any fan of deep House music you've likely heard his work. Carlos has been contributing to the global underground House sound since 2001 as half of LawnChair Generals, one of the most respected House music duos in the U.S. Although LCG are known for a decade's worth of funky dance floor fillers, Doza has been remixing for the same length of time in a style that is deeper, darker, more textured, diverging somewhat from what an audience may expect from LawnChair Generals. The first Doza remix was of Hanna's "Time" on Viva Recordings in 2002, notably more spacey and brooding than the dubby funk of LCG's first hit "Sweet Nothing" on the same label. Still, rhythm seems to always be in the forefront. Having been born to Venezuelan parents and being a percussionist and keyboardist from childhood his sets and tracks remain supremely danceable, and are now moving a new set of feet. Doza is not the same as he was ten years ago, neither are his listeners. After a break in production, he finds it liberating to face a changing audience and be free from expectation. That said, Doza's heart-swelling tech-house remix of Alexander East's "Believe En Me" has remained a favorite in sets worldwide since it’s release in 2008, inciting motion and emotion in equal parts. Doza’s single “Ixchel” was released early summer 2015 as part of Get Physical’s “Barcelona Gets Physical 2015”and “Rewind 2015” compilations, and has been charted and podcasted by M.A.N.D.Y., Keinemusik’s David Mayer, Sasha and others. His first solo E.P. simply titled “The Doza E.P.” was released on Doc Martin’s Sublevel Records in August and received support from Lee Burridge, Eddie Richards, DJ Three, Luke Solomon, and Danny Howells, among many others. His latest “in Waves” E.P. is available now on Supremus Records with love from John Digweed, Dusky, Maceo Plex, Stacey Pullen, and Steve Lawler, and received a 5-star review from DMC World Magazine. Now Doza has teamed up with Pezzner and Michael Manahan (owner of Starborn Sound and the notorious Re-bar in Seattle) to form Hunt & Gather Records, with a mission to find and share fruits from the Northwest’s deep creative well, which is fed by its gloriously gloomy weather.
Labels: Hunt & Gather, Supremus, Sublevel, Get Physical
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The next Hunt & Gather story comes May 19
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Next Friday's opening party set times for West Coast Weekender
#np New remix for Paul2Paul on Supremus Records
Great originals make for fun remixing. Thanks for the opportunity, Supremus Records!
Out now on all digital shops
Friday el 5 de Mayo: I'll be playing music with long-time favorites Marques Wyatt and JASK, along with many more talents in San Diego. (Flights to SD are on the cheap side right now.)