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Meet Roger Mars of Cretin Hop in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roger Mars.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Roger. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It was started from going out to 60’s Soul & Garage nights. Inspired by our amazing DJ friends Tony The Tyger (Satisfaction), Jackie Hoodoo (Black Eyed Soul Club) and Sparky (The Bullet). These great gents put on some of the best 60’s club Los Angeles had to offer. This is where Rick Barzell and I met. Rock N Roll outings. I was so heavily influenced by it and eventually, it sparked me to start something of my own but also very different from what they were doing.

Cretin Hop started in 2010. It took a hiatus and was brought back in 2012 and has been going ever since. It started as a simple idea to provide a home/environment for rock n rollers. A place to hear the sounds of the 50’s-70’s rock n roll. It sprouted in the midst of the edm nightlife and was to provide an alternative of that culture. My favorite nights that I would attend unfortunately came to an end and there weren’t many options for the music I came to love. Cretin Hop blew up through the selection of records that are played and limited edition giveaways that were done to make attendees feel apart of the night. It’s been a lot of hard work, time and love spent on growing the brand that is fueled by the love of music. It has now grown to be much bigger than I ever anticipated and its focus is not only on DJing but also bringing live music from bands that represent the culture and music we love. We’ve had the great opportunity of booking/working with some of heroes and favorite acts, such as; Slaughter and The Dogs, The Dickies, Derv Gordon of The Equals, Giuda, Wayne Kramers MC50, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mark Sultan, The Sonics, The Exploding Hearts and many more.

Rick and I eventually decided to start Green Slime. Which was birthed in 2014 and is a night dedicated to 60’s Rock N Roll and have built that also to be a successful night. Recently selling out Zebulon for our five year anniversary this past August.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road. Haha. It’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Passion for the love of rock n roll and goal to provide a home/outlet for like-minded people to have a place to BE. There were times in the beginning when it was brought back in 2012 that it was literally only five people in the bar. It has taken a lot to build the Cretin Hop brand. By the time we decided to sprout Green Slime it was a no brainer as Cretin Hop by then was a successful night and was more of a smoother night to build. As opposed to kicking it up from scratch as Cretin Hop started. We’ve been grateful and fortunate for the support of both nights and the fans of rock n roll nights like ours that keep attending and seeking out the rare records we play.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Cretin Hop and Green Slime are rock n roll brands that specialize in DJing rock n roll music, merchandising, booking and promoting. We are known for our fun events that feature live bands and wild dance parties in Los Angeles, I’m proud to have built these brands and provide a home and memories for people that share the same love.

What sets us apart from the others is our dedication to be different. We have our own take on everything we do. From giveaways like Glow In The Dark buttons and enamels to specially designed tote bags and shirts. We also share the same mentality with our promo work and doing specially animated graphics to stand apart from what currently exists out there. We carefully design our brand and market ourselves to be different and represent our culture.

What were you like growing up?
Personality-wise, I suppose a bit shy and quiet. I guess I can still be that way at times. I’m sure my closest friends would roll their eyes at that. Haha. As a teen, I developed a desire to collect records and seek out music that isn’t normally heard. Back in the day it was bands like The Stooges, New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders & The Heatbreakers. I recently was at Jone’s bar on Santa Monica Blvd. Cool spot. I walked in and they were playing Thunders and remembered being a teen and being made fun of for listen to that kind of music. Strange to hear it at a bar on the west side aka NormieLand.

Pricing:

  • Concert shows usually range from $10-$20
  • DJ nights are free (with secret pass from www.cretinhop.net or greenslimela.com). $5 without.
  • Limited Edition Mechandise is $10-$20

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Image Credit:
Photos are shot by Michael Haight

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