Justin Martin

As the late Oscar Wilde once said: “life is too important to be taken seriously”, an ethos that Justin Martin is sticking with despite achieving soaring success over the last six years as a producer and international DJ. Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record „The Sad Piano‟ on Ben Watt‟s Buzzin‟ Fly label. Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it. It even translated to the German underground, with Poker Flat licensing it for Steve Bug‟s „Bugnology‟ compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldn‟t really have hoped for a better entrance.

Feeding off the energy of the San Francisco underground and mentored by fellow super producer Claude Vonstroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. Justin was soon ready to take flight, releasing a string of solo EPs which flaunted a very unique sound and garnered still more respect among fellow DJS and heavyweight‟s of the scene.

As well as his formidable arsenal of original productions, Justin is now equally known for his collaborations with his brother Christian as The Martin Brothers, producing such hip-hop influenced hits as „Stoopit‟ and „Dum‟. Justin has also made his mark remixing such bona fide classics as Radiohead‟s „Nude‟, Marshall Jefferson‟s „Mushrooms‟, and TG‟s „Revox‟, firmly establishing himself as the man to make big tracks even bigger.

Demand for Justin‟s skills behind the decks has skyrocketed with his bookings schedule basically crammed to capacity for the next 4 months. With bookings confirmed everywhere from Exit Festival (Belgrade), to Sonar (Barcelona) to Panorama Bar (Berlin), Justin‟s diary is reading like the dreams of a professional raver. Stateside he continues to be a regular fixture at the dirtybird events in San Francisco and beyond.

Further nods to his skills as a DJ and tastemaker are apparent in his growing discography of mix compilations, most notably his own „Chaos Restored‟ mix series on the prestigious Buzzin‟ Fly label.

Music journalists typically describe Justin‟s sound as „melodic and tough‟ with his music encapsulating both melody and emotional depth yet always with enough undeniable ass shaking properties to translate to the floor.

“I‟m always trying to find music for my DJ sets that rattles sound systems, but still has enough melody and interesting texture to expand your mind even if you‟re sitting at home on a snowy or rainy day.”

In 2009, production wise Justin has a few EPs scheduled to drop on dirtybird, a remix for Freerange, and a DJ mix for Ministry of Sound‟s „Underground series‟ compilation. He remains as enthusiastic as ever to be involved in the scene. When recently questioned by Resident Advisor on what he‟d be doing if he wasn‟t a DJ or dance music producer he just replied: “Wishing I was a DJ or music producer.”

By all accounts it‟s hard to tell him to wipe that smile off his face.

Pezzner entered the spotlight in 2008 with his initial offerings signed by the hugely well respected London-based deep house label Freerange. His first release "Other Lover" gathered mass attention by the house music community after appearing on Laurent Garnier's Resident Advisor Podcast (RA. 107) and John Digweed's Transitions Radio show. And so began Pezzner's lustrous dance music career, spinning off signings and remixes with Ghostly International, Dirtybird, Om Records, and Strictly Rhythm just to name a handful.

The latter half of 2011 saw Pezzner’s singles for European buzz labels, 8 Bit and RebelLION (Crosstown Rebels) receive a massive response, garnering such praise as “future classics made for dance floors in the here and now. “(5 Magazine), and "lush and tense with a trancendental twist" (Ibiza Voice). In 2012, Pezzner once again drew the attention of the world dance music audience with his remix for Roy Davis Jr's classic, "About Love", getting regular support from the Visionquest crew, Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, and appeared on a myriad of DJ charts and radio shows worldwide.

Pezzner’s work could be said to be serious, with an abstract artistic sensibility, lofty percussive themes and intentions to create hypnotic soundscapes for the body as well as the brain. His ‘The Tracks Are Alive’ album on Freerange is a 13-track walk-through of his organic sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno. Beatportal wax lyrical how it "blows like a cool breeze through the stale air of a market crowded with by-the-numbers deep house" and Resident Advisor note the “rising, sizzling dub effects” of his ‘Blacklist’ release, adding "a steeliness to his refined contours".

The future brings only promise for Pezzner as his sound continues to evolve. His forthcoming sophomore LP for Systematic Recordings takes Pezzner into darker, more tumultuous waters and further blurs the lines between deep and abrasive. Look for remixes by Robert Babicz and Justin Martin.

Club shows abound not only in Europe, Pezzner’s music has moved the dance floors of some of the most renowned venues including Space Ibiza, Fabric London, Womb Tokyo, Rex Club in Paris, Trouw Amsterdam, Cielo New York, and Chicago’s famed Smartbar.

Kid Hops has championed underground electronic beats for nearly two decades on his two weekly radio shows (KEXP 90.3fm Seattle) and at countless club appearances. His kinetic deejay sets and engaging radio shows have earned him worldwide recognition – voted Seattle’s favorite club DJ in 2011, he’s also deejayed at Hospital Records events in London, DStyle’s Run party in Bristol, and the legendary Respect weekly in Los Angeles. Kid Hops has deejayed alongside numerous electronic music icons including Massive Attack, Goldie, Benga, Bonobo, London Elektricity, Scuba, Ame, Addison Groove, Osunlade, Doc Daneeka, Trus’me, Total Science and many more. Hospital Records recently released Kid Hops’ debut production, and he has additional music forthcoming on CIA and Fokuz in 2013.

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Friday, July 19 · 9:00 PM at The Crocodile