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SPTL098: Mendo

Mendo providing some cool Cadenza vibes for us this week.

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You can find Mendo on Sundays at Pacha for Luciano's Cadenza parties. Dates and info HERE.

Biography

Mendo means it when he says, ''Music is the most important thing in my life.'' The striking new star of the Cadenza crew has devoted 18 years of his life to dance music and he is bursting with enthusiasm for the next 18.

Born in Geneva to Spanish parents, Mendo's first encounter with electronic music was through pirate radio. Fascinated, he borrowed some music gear. Then his mother bought him Technotronic's ''Pump Up The Jam'' and he was on his way to becoming a DJ. Inspired by US house stars like Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez and Masters At Work, Mendo quickly developed a flair for sexy, pulsating house that caught the ear of legendary Miami-based producer George Morel, who signed Mendo to Groove Records for tracks including, ''Everybody I Got Him,'' ''Do It,'' ''Never Mind,'' ''Move On,'' and ''Tell Me.'' This led to releases for labels including, Get Physical, Rekids, Saved, Viva Music, Great Stuff, CR2 and Defected. Mendo also did remixes for his friend Chab's Imago Records, and in 2003 he and Chab founded Clarisse Records. Mendo released a string of hits on Clarisse including ''Play Me With Your Sound'' which Roger Sanchez snapped up for Stealth Records.

Thanks to his tireless production work and infectious DJ sound Mendo reached all the right ears. Luciano was so impressed he signed ''Remember'' EP to Cadenza Records in 2009 and ''Encantos'' EP in 2010. This was the beginning of an exciting collaboration which has seen Mendo join the Vagabundos to ignite Pacha and Ushuaia in Ibiza. When he's not running with the Cadenza crew, Mendo is globe-trotting to destinations as diverse as, Japan, South America, USA , Germany and UK, giving fans a chance to soak up his incredible four decks Traktor sets that blend the best of house, live sampling and techno futurism. Mendo plays at some of the best clubs on the planet: Womb, Tokyo; Panoramabar, Berlin; Cielo, New York; and D-Edge in Sao Paulo. ''The key to a successful party is to get girls dancing. Once they dance, everybody does,'' Mendo says. ''I just want people to have a good time with my music.''

Mendo is currently working on productions including ''Stages of Life'' EP for Cadenza, and has a packed DJ schedule. But he thrives on pressure. ''It is exciting to produce a song, then play in front of thousands of people and make them hysterical,'' he says. ''DJing is the best job in the world.''

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