Watch the Forbidden Village online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Essentials: Surf Guitar

Martin Denny is known as the father of exotica and the soundtrack of Tiki Culture. He developed his sound playing in the Shell Bar of the famous Hawaiian Village in the mid 50's. Along with contemporary Les Baxter, they pulled exotic rhythms and melodies from many cultures.

Exotica has always been a sister genre to surf music. Martin also had a knack for rearranging popular music of the day in really imaginative ways. The use of vibraphone, celeste and tropical bird noises created a dreamy ocean landscape.