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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 Watts 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 Bugs Bugnology compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldnt 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 heavyweights 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 Radioheads Nude, Marshall Jeffersons Mushrooms, and TGs 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), Justins 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 youre 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 Sounds Underground series compilation. He remains as enthusiastic as ever to be involved in the scene. When recently questioned by Resident Advisor on what hed be doing if he wasnt a DJ or dance music producer he just replied: Wishing I was a DJ or music producer.
By all accounts its hard to tell him to wipe that smile off his face.
BadCat walked into a club in the late ’90’s and heard pure magic coming out of the speakers. She ran to the DJ booth and asked him what magical music was he playing, and he handed her a CD and said, “HOUSE”. That was the start of her love affair with house music. It’s still not over.
To DJ is not just to play whatever comes to mind at the moment. It is the art of observing the crowd, then using the music to create an atmosphere and take the listeners on a journey.
Since starting her journey behind the decks in Jacksonville, FL, BadCat has played all over the city. Kicking off with a two-year twice a week residency at The Coffee Grinder, she would also fit in appearances at venues such as the beloved and now defunct TSI, Bo’s Coral Reef, Code Sound Studio, 1904 Music Hall, River City Brewing Company, Taboo, Element Hookah Lounge, Brix at the Beach, and more.
Now located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, BadCat has started to make her mark in Albuquerque and Santa Fe’s lively underground house music scene, as well as playing guest sets in Chicago IL and Amarillo TX. The newest member of the Power of 8 DJ collective, she has played at Meow Wolf, Effex, Sister, Hotel Andaluz, Boxcar Santa Fe, and multiple breweries including Tractor Brewing, Duel Brewing, and the new Dialogue Brewing as well.
Her monthly event, “PURR”, happens at SkyLab in SkyLight, and she has a biweekly radio show on KSFR 101.1 FM that airs on alternate Saturday nights from midnight – 2 a.m. You can catch her online show, “HouseNip: Catnip for your ears” on the last Sunday of the month on sugarshackradio.com from 4-6 mountain. She has dedicated her radio show and events to putting the spotlight more on women and underrepresented minorities in electronic music.
Spoolius is a synthesis of two minds that enjoys wandering off in the desert, dancing ferociously, pushing buttons, playing in the mountains, savoring the sun rise, kick drums & blueberry basslines, making friends & telling jokes, burritos, tight pants, no pants, Sports, sharing, techno music, fires, talking about everything & nothing, exploring & expanding, not techno music, other people who like dancing ferociously, and freaks. Spoolius is eager to rejoice and be merry with you somewhere soon…