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Birth name Martin Chavez Dosh
Born September 6, 1972
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres Electronic, ambient, instrumental hip hop
Occupations Multi-instrumentalist, producer
Instruments Drums, piano, xylophone, keyboard, sampler
Years active 2003–present
Labels Anticon
Associated acts Lateduster, Cloak Ox, Andrew Bird

Martin Chavez Dosh (born September 6, 1972), better known mononymously as Dosh, is a multi-instrumentalist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


As an artist, Dosh is a percussionist uses various electronics, often with a Rhodes piano. Dosh has been characterized mostly as experimental and electronic-based due to his use of many samplers and looping machines and the rhythmic feel of much of his music, with songs often relying on Dosh alone on keyboards, marimba, and drums. Dosh is often in collaboration with other musicians during live sets and on recording, both locally and nationally known.[1]

Dosh is also known for the incorporation of his family life into his work. Naoise EP is named after his son. "Happy Song for Tadgh" from the EP is a reference to Naoise's half-brother, Tadgh. He is also known for writing the song "I Think I'm Getting Married" for his future wife at the time.[2]


Martin Dosh grew up in the Twin Cities. At a young age, he also grabbed it while he could and took piano lessons and then discovered FM radio in the early 1980s. Dosh began drumming at age 15. By the time he left home for Bard College at Simon's Rock at age 16, he had decided music would likely be his profession, however, he subsequently got a degree in creative writing.

Throughout the 1990s, Dosh played with a number of bands on the East Coast. When he moved back to Minneapolis in 1997, he started his own band, as he had begun to compose his own music. He also worked at his alma mater, Lake Country School, teaching percussion, driving the school bus, and assisting classroom teachers. Immersing himself in the local scene, Dosh played with many bands over the next five years: Nasty Goat, Best Red, Animals Expert At Hankering, Iffy, Vicious Vicious and T. All this time, he recorded tape after tape of original music on a 4-track machine.[3]

Dosh's work with Andrew Broder in Lateduster and Fog gave him an experience that helped him begin to perform solo. In 2002, Dosh released his first album Dosh. He had recorded it himself, mostly in his basement. The album developed a following in the local Twin Cities scene. After playing many shows, City Pages voted him second on their annual "picked to click" list. Dosh was re-released internationally on Anticon in 2003. It was reviewed in Village Voice,[4] URB, Flaunt, XLR8R, The Big Takeover and a number of online magazines.

Dosh has toured extensively with Andrew Bird. He contributed significantly to Andrew Bird's albums, Armchair Apocrypha and Noble Beast.[5]

Dosh is a member of Cloak Ox, a four-piece band featuring Andrew Broder, Jeremy Ylvisaker and Mark Erickson.[6]




  • Naoise EP (Anticon, 2004)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live on KVSC 3-3-03 (2003)
  • Live in the USA 2003 (2004)
  • Live on KALX 11-18-04 (2005)
  • Triple Rock (2007)

Limited edition albums[edit]

  • Numerous Quality Mixes (2003)
  • Powder Horn (2005)
  • Silver Face (2011)


  • Lateduster (2002)
  • Five Easy Pieces (2002)
  • Easy Pieces (2004)

Cloak Ox[edit]

  • Prisen (2011)



Compilation appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Greenberger, David (October 20, 2011). "Andrew Bird, Dosh". Metroland. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Jack (December 17, 2009). "The decade in local music: 2004". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ "DOSH". First Avenue. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kogan, Frank (September 9, 2003). "Is That All There Is?". Village Voice. 
  5. ^ Bahn, Christopher (October 19, 2006). "Interview: Martin Dosh". The A.V. Club. 
  6. ^ Flanagan, Andrew (December 30, 2010). "Andrew Broder talks about his new band, the Cloak Ox". City Pages. 

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