Doza a.k.a. Carlos Mendoza (of LawnChair Generals) 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, Raica, Mat Anderson. The camaraderie influences the music, as does the low light.
If you’re any fan of deep house you’ve likely heard Doza’s music. Carlos has been contributing to the global house music underground since 2001 as one half of LawnChair Generals, one of the most respected early 00’s house music duos in the U.S. Doza’s solo sound could be considered deeper, darker, more textured than the early works of LawnChair Generals. The first Doza remix of Hanna’s “Time” on Viva Recordings in 2002, with its dubbed-out pads and hypnotic rhythms, foreshadowed his future body of work. From his initial offering on Doc Martin’s Sublevel imprint, simply titled “The Doza E.P.” and his 2015 Get Physical debut “Ixchel”, to his latest on Giom’s Supremus Records, his music always resonates with a common theme; simple and articulate electronic rhythms carrying strong narratives that evolve over time and draw the dance floor in.
In 2015 Doza partnered with Pezzner and Michael Manahan to form the dance label Hunt & Gather with a mission to produce and deliver forward thinking dance tracks to the discerning dance floors of the world.