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039 Justin Martin


Fingers on Blast: Your bio references taking on the pots and pans at the age of 2, and then leaning towards djing.  What inspired you between that stage of discovery and the early single 'Sad Piano'?
Justin Martin: Everything! I had a very broad musical background thanks to my parents. I took piano lessons and played the saxophone in many jazz bands growing up, but the majority of my musical influences probably started with my dads record collection. He had everything from classic rock to classical music, and there was always music being blasted in my house on his badass macintosh stereo system which he still has to this day along with an amazing collection of vinyl. I discovered dance music in high school through my older brother christian and once I heard goldie's "timeless" album I knew I wanted to learn to dj. It started as a hobby, turned into an obsession, and by the time a graduated college it was all I could think about pursuing with my life. Music is my passion.
Fingers on Blast: You have a reputation for not taking things too seriously, has that always been the case?  What impact does that have on your music?
Justin Martin: There are certain things that I do take seriously... and having fun is one of those things. Life is short. I am in such an amazing position and feel truly blessed to be doing what I love every single day, so I try and keep a smile on my face and remind myself of how lucky I am. However I take my music very seriously in the sense that I want to provide a quality product for my fans. But at the end of the day it's all about making people smile and dance and enjoy themselves when they come out to see me, so I try and have as much fun as possible because fun is contagious. 
Fingers on Blast: What inspires that outlook?
Justin Martin: My friends, fans, and the people I look up to. I've been a dance music fan for a long time... and some of the most inspiring people for me are people who are not only good at what they do, but nice as well. Grumpy djs, divas, and shit talkers should take a good look at themselves in the mirror and reevaluate their attitudes.. There is no room for that in dance music. We are all in this together. Dance music is one of the most positive forms of escape and we are all lucky to be a part of such a beautiful thing.
Fingers on Blast: What led you to dance music?  definitely my brothers influence. he went off to college and would send me new music he was discovering.
Justin Martin: I remember hearing bjork's "debut" album for the first time and falling in love with the weirdness and funkiness of it. I think goldie was on tour with her so her music was a major gateway because I listened to his album "timeless" and my life was changed.
Fingers on Blast: Have you ever performed at or attended Movement before? yes!
Justin Martin: i have been going to the festival for at least 8 years, and 3 years ago I played and it was a dream come true! so excited to be back!
Fingers on Blast: In your own music the balance between beautiful melodies and hard edged beats is very prominent.  Does that come naturally or is that something that takes daily focus?
Justin Martin: I just try and make stuff that moves me. I was always an intelligent drum and bass fan long before I really got into house music, and I loved the contrast between light and dark. Beautiful melodies mixed with lethal basslines... I want to make music that you can still listen to off the dance floor, but that will still rumble sound systems. I try and take a new approach to every song I do, I don't ever want to be pigeonholed into as certain sound or genre, I'd rather keep the lines blurred and keep pushing my sound further. So I just go into the studio and have fun and try to keep it fresh.
Fingers on Blast: How does your solo work differ from the Martin Brothers music?
Justin Martin: When christian and I worked together our stuff is very hip hop influenced. we have always been inspired by the bay area hyphy beats of artists like 'E-40' and "the pack" so our music together usually has that vibe initially, but again we never know whats gonna happen when we get together to make music and the results are always different. It's just fun working with someone who brings a different and cool vibe to the studio. 
Fingers on Blast: Who are you looking forward to seeing at Movement?

Justin Martin: I may be biased towards my dirtybird gang, but every time I have seen Claude Von Stroke play there its the most insane shit ever. Also Green Velvet! He is such a legend! He has been consistently killing it for longer than anyone and he is such an awesome guy!

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