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A Sit Down With DJ The Martinez Brothers

13:14 Feb/20/2018

If you know anything about modern house music, you're familiar with the name Martinez Brothers. The 20-something producers are the original EDM child stars. They were working with dance legends like Dennis Ferrer when you were trying to get a date to Homecoming.


"When you come in the studio with no plans basically, it can either go really great or not at all."

How are the London scenes different to New York in your experience? And how do they cross over? London is so creative and diverse. How’s your city impacted what you do?

London was a place where British dance music really kicked off, from drum'n'bass, jungle, garage, house. There was something for everyone and some proper underground raves going on which were very diverse and brought many cultures together. It’s interesting because the last few times we’ve been to New York we’ve ended up in very similar raves to London!

Tell me a bit about the lineup you’ve curated. There are two rooms with a distinct sound to each. One more techy and one more “melodic”. How did this come together?

One thing that’s always been great about MMW is the diversity. Everyone from around the world comes to check out all kinds of dance music. For a 24 hour party, it’s important we include everyone. Space helped us put this together so we will have a nice crowd and a lot of our homies come through. At the end of the day, we’re all going to be going from one room to the another. That’s the fun of Space. It’s so big so you can just wander around and get lost in it.

Do you ever get so exhausted that you wonder if it’s all worth it?

The only whack part is the travelling aspect, obviously, but we love what we do. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, you know what I’m saying? It can be difficult sometimes, not being with family, not being at home and stuff like that. But we’ve been doing it since we were kids so we’ve kind of adjusted to this lifestyle.

How do you feel about the shift we’ve seen towards mainstream dance, and EDM?

If you’re listening to EDM now, maybe a few years from now you’ll be more open to hearing underground artists. Now that I think about it, at this point it seems like everyone’s gonna end up listening to house because I see the EDM stuff everywhere. I’m glad it’s out there.

How do you guys stay true to the drum’n’bass scene while at the same time nailing commercial success? Do you feel like you have to make artistic compromises in order to make your brand fit with mainstream culture?

Rudimental has always been a multi-genre band inspired by our influences and surroundings. We’ve never actually claimed to be a drum'n'bass band, we just get labelled that because we have had some drum'n'bass hits. From early days on pirate radio we were playing Rudimental tracks that worked on many platforms. So a track like "No Fear" is very true to our roots.

Speaking of labels, you’ve gone from producer Dennis Ferrer’s Objektivity imprint to Parirs-based Real Tone Records over the years. How did you sort out those releases?

We were just lucky enough to have Dennis as a mentor, as well as an outlet to release music, you know? Anytime we wanted to release a track, as long as we were ready, he was always willing to help us get them out there. That was a real blessing early on. Then Real Tone came about because we have a relationship with those guys.

So everyone knows the story that you hit. Dennis Ferrer on MySpace and that's how the relationship started. Were there other people that you also contacted to help you out with your careers?

We weren’t really looking for anybody to help us out. We were just hitting up producers with fan mail! Like, “I like your stuff man, keep doing what you’re doing.” It was him, it was Quentin [Harris], Louie [Vega] – it was everybody that we were hitting up. It just so happened that Dennis said something like, “Who are these two kids that like my music, what the hell is that all about? The next day, my brother was talking to him on AIM just bs’ing, and Dennis asked him to send him a mix. The very night he got the mix, he invited us to play at the Shelter in New York. Upstairs was Timmy [Regisford] of course, and downstairs they were doing a special party. That party man, I’ll never forget it! It was the first time we ever played at a club and it was just bonkers. People running downstairs wondering who the hell these two freaking kids were. It was really crazy – to the point that they had to shut us down!

Proudest or most memorable moment?

Our first gig was memorable, so hanging out at Club Shelter, at the legendary Club Shelter. That’s the first club we ever played at, so that was a great moment for sure.

You guys are really into your visuals. What role does visual art play in your output?

Art always kind of played a part, especially during our childhood. We were always drawing and doodling or whatever. I don’t really draw, I just doodle.

What do you see yourself doing five years and ten years from now?

Five years from now… we should definitely have our own label by then. Ten years from now, I’m only going to be 31, so I’m still going to be pretty young. 30 is the new 20.


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