Martin Swanstein, better known as Martinez is one of few Scandinavian artists to stamp their mark on house music and techno. The Danish/Swedish producer has built a highly reputable catalogue through a variety of releases on labels including his own imprint, Concealed Sounds, Moon Harbour, Cadenza and Love Letters from Oslo. With four full length albums under his belt, plus an internationally acclaimed DJ reputation, through appearances at Cocoon in Frankfurt, Panorama Bar in Berlin and Amneisa in Ibiza, just to name the tip of the iceberg.
At an early age he discovered techno and house music. Since he already played various instruments it was a natural progression to begin producing music himself. He also got into DJing and started hunting down techno records and got into mixing. Some years later, a demo tape earned him the opportunity to develop his production skills in the Wrong Steps studio in Stockholm, where he co-produced some of his own tracks together with the French producer Manuel Perez.
His earlier work includes remixes for Danish pop/house act Filur as well as Silicone Soul, Jussi Pekka, Dibaba, Spiro Projecto and later Underworld, Luna City Express, Miss Kittin, Mathew Dear & Seth Troxler, Joel Mull, Leon and his remix of Nathan Fake’s “The Sky Was Pink” was a big hit in the DJ world.
Martinez’s sound begun in the deeper & jazzier fields of electronic music. In the middle of 2003 Martinez began to feel a stronger passion for the techier and more experimental sounds of house music. He started to work more with samples and electro-based sounds as well as introducing something he’s coined as “Cosmic House” – a spacey house sound mixing up tech, atmosphere and colorful melodies. Not long after this Martinez received a call from Steve Bug interested in a release on his deep/tech house imprint, Dessous Recordings. This resulted in the “Skywalker EP”, which didn’t disappoint and inspired a whole new side to Martinez’s music, edgier and more twisted, the more so the better!
He also released two tracks on the Berlin based Get Physical label and in 2005 “Shadowboxing” came out on Steve Bug’s new imprint, Audiomatique Recordings. In November that year, Martinez also released a vinyl only album called “Internal Space” on his Out of Orbit imprint. It was praised and played by Sven Väth, John Digweed and Loco Dice to name a few.
Towards the end of 2006 Martinez’s music taste and productions began to develop in new directions again and he ventured deeper into his love for the minimalistic techno oriented sounds. More stripped down and focused on fewer sounds. After a while in the studio experimenting with this sound he launched a new label called: “Re:connected”, an output for Martinez’s more minimal and techno oriented productions. Martinez’s first two releases on Re:connected exploded and were highly supported by major international DJ’s such as: Richie Hatwin, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Loco Dice and Miss Kittin.
The Year of 2007 witnessed the continual success of productions in this vein and that year he released his second full length album, “A Chemical Imbalance” in November.
From that point on Martinez’ releases developed more and more towards Minimal Techno, until in 2008 when he returned to a more housy style, kicking off with his release “Momowha”.
Finally, in 2010 Martinez released his third album “The Paradigm Shift” on Moon Harbour Recordings. On this album Martinez rides the perfect balance between Dancefloor and Chillout tunes.
Great skills as a DJ along with impeccable taste, has given Martinez a strong DJ reputation worldwide. He’s often seen in the booths of various quality clubs and parties around the globe. He’s played together with major DJ’s such as Michael Mayer, Miss Kittin, Guido Schneider, Onur Özer, Loco Dice & Sven Väth.
Martinez will be the main attraction for our 3 Year Anniversary edition presenting in a 3 Hours of Vinyl set the latest tracks of the underground scene from Europe and all over the world. On December 10th, San Diego has the opportunity to see an artist whose level of competence is superb. His ability to impress and reinvent himself has captured our ears which made him the perfect fit for such important date to us.