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Box Five Radio | Special Guest Biography – Mena | Portland OR

A classically trained pianist, self-taught guitar player and award winning Jazz vocalist by the age of 12, Music is all she has ever known. Today in her home town of Portland Oregon, Mena is a well sought after DJ, studio vocalist and budding producer. A creative gem and staple of the Northwest electronic music culture, she’s an easy favorite among house heads. At the age of 15 she bought her first pair of Technics and never looked back. She’s been shamelessly bossing a mixer around for the better part of almost two decades and you can feel it when she plays. Her sound comes straight from the soul! Jackin, funky, deep, jazzy… whatever the style, her mixing it solid, clean and soul stirring. She knows what she is doing and it shows.

2013 was her debut year in production and she hit the ground running with 13 releases on 7 labels in 3 countries. She began collaborating with a myriad of house music and down-tempo producers and is a featured Artist for releases on Ficus Tree Music, Caboose Records, Native Soul Recordings, Caliber Sounds and Mark Farina’s Label Great Lakes Audio to name a few. The result of which has allowed her to enjoy a little success on the Stompy and Traxsource top ten in 2014!

Currently she is putting together a full length Album set to be released sometime next year on a new Portland based label, with projects that will highlight her vocal work and love for soulful house music. She is a pillar of the Portland house music community who lives her Art and can often be found on the dance floor when not rockin’ a sound system or the studio. Keep your antennas up Earthlings, this being’s got something for your mind, your body, and your soul!