Dance Music. House Music. Doc Martin on Metropolis Dance music luminary Martin Mendoza, a.k.a. Doc Martin, has been a fixture in the global house community for more than 20 years — and he shows no signs of slowing down.
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Dance music luminary Martin Mendoza, a.k.a. Doc Martin, is primarily known for his impeccable deep house curation and the good-natured vibes he brings to each gig. Mendoza has been a fixture in the global house community for over 20 years — and he shows no signs of slowing down.

He can likely be found at transformational festivals around the globe, including an upcoming live set at this weekend's Lighting In a Bottle festival in Bakersfield, Calif., on the house-heavy Woogie Stage.

We are thrilled to welcome Doc Martin back to KCRW for an exclusive guest mix on Metropolis. He also joined us for a conversation about his influences and what he has in store for his Lightning in a Bottle set.


KCRW: Can you give us a little background on your musical influences?

Doc Martin: Growing up in San Francisco in the early days, I was exposed to all kinds of music from hip-hop, punk, funk, industrial, reggae, new wave, electro and disco. I was heavily into bass, and beat-driven music, with a psychedelic edge. When I discovered house records around '86-87 there were elements of all the things that I liked. New wave synths, lots of drums, heavy bass, rapping, singing, and this thing that became acid house.

You're playing the iconic Woogie stage this year at Lighting In A Bottle. Founded by The Do LaB art collective, this particular stage highlights the most innovative underground electronic DJs on the scene, in a kaleidoscopic environment. In a few words, what can we expect from your set this year?

Unearthed Vibratory Energy.

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

I tend to show up early for a set to soak up the vibe, and see where the crowd is at. I always take a few minutes to clear my head before going on, and just letting it flow.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Lighting In A Bottle this year?

DJ Koze, Damian Lazarus, Shiba San, Holmar, Bedouin, Recondite, etc. Also great local talent like Marques Wyatt, Anton Tumas, Patricio Motto, Ben Annand, Big C, Maximus C, G-Dubbs. Plus getting turned on to a ton of other artists that I may not be aware of!

Finally, one for the locals: What's your favorite L.A. spot?

Food: The Joint (really good seafood), and Hop Wo in Chinatown.

Nature: There's a look-out point overlooking the valley and downtown LA that I like, as well.