Meet Lino A.F. Mendoza. The Santa Ana native works as a server as his “day job,” but at night, the Rancho Mirage native becomes a member of the House Whores. The DJ/electronic dance music group regularly plays at Azul/Alibi, and has a standing gig every other Saturday—including this Saturday, Sept. 21—at Clinic Bar Lounge, 188 S. Indian Canyon Drive. The music starts at 9 p.m., and admission is free. Lino, “da sound guy,” recently was kind enough to take the time to answer The Lucky 13. For more info, find the Whores on Facebook.
What was the first concert you attended?
I believe it was Santana and Rusted Root at Glen Helen (now known as the San Manuel Amphitheater).
What was the first album you owned?
What bands are you listening to right now?
None. I like EDM, so I like a lot of Sonny Fodera, Little Louie Vega, and Julz Winfield
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
This is a hard one, because I can’t say one thing is bad or worse than the other, so I’m gonna quote Ray Charles (and others): “There is only good and bad music.” It just depends on what’s being played.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
It would be Pink Floyd—Roger W. Pink Floyd. And Prince!
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
L.A. underground deep house.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Greek Theatre (in Los Angeles).
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
Jamiroquai’s “Little L”: “Why does it have to be like this? … With a little ‘l.’”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
The Doors. Jim Morrison music was always really deep. He made you think, like, in 5-to-1.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
It would be Little Louie Vega: “How much has the music scene evolved since you were playing at Studio 54 in NYC?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Spirit in the Sky.”
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz Vol. 1, and/or Bare Essentials or Carte Blanche Vols. 1 and 2.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Anything from the Butter Factory.