This Sunday we’re excited to help host the 2012 RBMA tour at Lucky Bar. In collaboration with MUTEK, Red Bull Music Academy has put together a fantastic bill with Egyptrixx & Martyn, two top-tier producers currently operating at the peak of their game. Martyn specifically has had a banner last twelve months, linking with FlyLo’s Brainfeeder label to release his second full length, Ghost People. The record saw Martyn move tighter toward chunky, 4/4 structures, widening the gap between him & dubstep, a sound to which he was a crucial contributor from 2006-2010.
On top of that, he also runs 3024, a label that has managed to flawlessly evolve in parallel with bass music’s ever-mutating likeness. Hot off the heels of Mosca’s excellent Wavey EP, 3024 just revealed the latest single from Redshape, Berlin’s mysterious masked techno provocateur.
Martyn & Egyptrixx, alongside Mymanhenri, will be hosting an RBMA info session from 7pm-9pm at Lucky Bar. Entry is free – FREE! – and will offer an opportunity to ask questions & kick it. Music & boogie starts at 10pm with our dude Monolithium & will continue with live sets from both headliners.
We were blessed to catch up with Martyn in advance of this weekend’s anticipated show…
You’ve been performing live on tour instead of DJing, what pushed you to start doing it? Have there been any/many hiccups you’ve faced along the way?
I wouldn’t say many, no. A few years ago I would DJ a lot, including at summer festivals. I was always honoured to be playing but since a DJ set wouldn’t contain much of my own music I couldn’t help but feel that an audience would not really hear what I was about as a musician. I always felt playing live would have to add something to an artists output so these two things combined made me start experiment with it all. My first sets were in summer last year and I really enjoyed the progression since.
You & Flying Lotus remixed each other early on in 3024’s career – what has it been like working with him & Brainfeeder on Ghost People? Can you talk a little bit about your upcoming 12”?
He’s always been enthusiastic about my music and has been supportive of it. His imprint has had a string of amazingly varied releases and when he invited me to do my album for Brainfeeder I was happy to do it. The entire project consists of 3 releases ; the single Masks, the actual album, and Hello Darkness which is coming out on March 19 and contains one original track by myself and remixes by Redshape, L-Vis1990 and Bok Bok.
Your own label 3024 has been pushing amazing music since it’s inception, keeping “out-of-the-ordinary” bass music fresh, relevant. What are some of the things that you look for when releasing an artist on your label? Is there anything going on with the 3024 that you’d like to talk about?
There are no real rules for 3024, whenever we find music that appeals to me, we try to put it out. I suppose the label has evolved quite a bit since Erosie and myself started out in 2007. It’s been a fun dialogue between music and art, and we use it to express our ideas about music and graphics. This year saw the release of a 12″ by Redshape, the next one is another record by Jon Convex.
You’ve been involved in the music industry for about 15 years now, if there is one thing to pinpoint you never thought possible that has happened so far what would it be? What do you hope to reach with your career in the future?
Hmmm tough question! I don’t really believe in things being coincidental, usually things that happen are reactions on things you put in motion yourself.
You’re originally from the Netherlands – after living in the US for a while, what is your take on the difference between EU & North American audiences? How do you feel about underground dance music in North America at the moment?
I dont play as much in the US as I would like to, to be honest, but cities like New York, SF, LA, Chicago and Boston have great crowds and my gigs are always good there.
Have you attended the Red Bull Music Academy before? Is there anything you hope to gain from taking part in this specific tour?
I’ve done quite a lot with RBMA, I did a lecture at the London one, and hung out for about a week, as well as doing info sessions for them in Frankfurt, Manchester, Lisbon and Cagliari. I was never a participant though, always involved in some other way. Besides playing gigs on the tour, I enjoy talking to people who are as enthusiastic about making music and being creative as me.
For any of the unlucky ones who may miss out on the information session is there any words of advice you can give all the budding tastemakers who are looking to apply to the academy?
I think in the application its very important to be yourself – and push your own boundaries of creativity.