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Seattle transplants Peter Christianson and Carlos Mendoza, better known as the Lawnchair Generals, have been generating beats out of their self-made studio for the past two years. Based on the brief amount of time the duo has spent manning the controls, the success they have attained is staggering. As goes the old adage, it is quality, not quantity that breeds such success; along with their blinding talent, both behind the decks and in the studio, and a little luck thrown in for good measure, the Generals have blazed their way into the record crates of the worlds top DJs and onto internationally distributed mixes compiled by the industrys most prolific jocks. The egalitarian nature of this industry is what allows us to completely transcend the fact that were from a town that has been mostly rock oriented, says Carlos. It allows us to be on equal footing with people who have been making great house music for a long time.
Carlos grew up to a varied soundtrack of salsa, classical and jazz, recognizing his love for music at an early age. He was taught piano and percussion and played the guitar and the drums; his taste ranged from Samuel Barber and the Dead Kennedys to Art of Noise and Rush. Carlos discovered house in the mid-eighties and attended his first rave in San Francisco circa 1991, which sold him to the gospel of house. A few years later, he acquired turntables. After moving back and forth between Houston and Seattle, Carlos settled permanently in Seattle in 1994 and began working as a house music buyer at Platinum Records. Peter was raised in Portland, Oregon, moving on to study sound engineering and audio production in Vancouver, British Columbia; he later worked as an audio engineer in genres ranging from jazz and funk to rock and pop. Peter has been DJing for more than a decade, building on a uniquely varied and massive record collection. He relocated to Seattle in 2000 as the manager and head buyer of Platinum. Hence, the meeting of the minds.
Soon after the initial jaunt into the studio, their sonic experiments were picked up by Jon Lemmon and Johnny Fiasco of Viva Recordings and pressed into The Great Escape. Their debut EP was released to widespread praise, garnering attention from the likes of Mark Farina, DJ Heather and Rob Mello. Their second release came in October 2002 as a remix of the Rhythm Slaves I Can Feel It on Los Angeles based Deepfunk Records. Mere weeks later, their U Dirty EP was released on LAs Westbound, the sister imprint of Doc Martins Wax Records. Next came their remix collaboration with Rick Preston on San Franciscos up-and-coming Amenti Music. Most recently has been the remix of Dizzys, Comin Back Around on the Chicago imprint, Mouthfull. Upcoming releases include remixes od Adam Colins and Sloth on Primal, David Garcia and Joey Mazzola on Look & Feel and Dj Hal on SanDiegos Block Head Records as well as EPs on Dizzys Lowdown label and a follow up on Westbound.
Despite the duos mind-bending success as producers, they are quick to admit that they are DJs above all else. In addition to their gigs in Seattle and beyond, they had, until recently, each hosted regular radio shows on the acclaimed Groovetech. In 2003 LCG embarked on a US road tour with The East Coast Boogiemen, possibly the first of its kind. The four DJs played on 4 decks across the US and by driving the 8000 miles brought their unique style and taste to many cities that may otherwise have missed out on the party. Carlos and Peter agree that the relationship between their production and DJing is symbiotic. We are uninspired to produce music if were not playing records, they agree. We like making tracks that we would enjoy playing. We try our best to make palatable records and still push the envelope a bit. The common theme running throughout their releases and DJ sets is a straight up kind of funk. This is true dance floor candy wrapped in the neat package of quality house music, much of which has been lost along the genres journey to popularity. Even the dubbed down, sexier tracks possess an uncanny energy and groove an original, dance-able sensation of sonic pleasure.
The talent of this duo is undeniable; every project they touch turns to gold. Their sets possess the ability to move masses; it is only a matter of time before their production credits pave a very smooth yellow brick road to Europe and various other continents. Wherever the path may take these two Generals, there are likely to embrace their success without forgetting their roots. Wed like to represent Seattle well, but our interest is global, agree Carlos and Peter. We want to see how far we can take the music were making; how far the appeal will go.
Words by Carly Miller