Interview: Martin Solveig
2011 was a great year for electronic music, but most importantly Martin Solveig. His popular single "Hello" has been played well over 60+ Million times on Youtube alone while peeking at #1 spot on the iTunes “Top Dance Songs Chart”. He was also recognized by receiving a nomination which placed him into the Top 100 DJ's of the world. The international DJ was most recently invited to Pacha NYC to celebrate the 6-Year Anniversary of the New York City club, which coincidentally was his last stop on his North American tour this year. We caught up with the superstar and spoke to him about his career highlights, and the exciting new global movement going on in electronic music today:
This is the last stop for your North American Tour.. where are you headed next? When can we expect you back in the US for your next tour?
Where am I expected to head next? *laughs* My Bed! I plan to stay there for a couple of weeks to recover. This United States tour was very enjoyable and crazy! I loved playing here in the US but definitely need three or four weeks to recover.
You started DJ'ing when you were only 13 years old and started creating music at the age of 18. What type of music were you spinning & creating at this young age?
When I started producing I was probably one of the first guys that made music only with computers. When I started everyone was like "you can't do it" since you needed other equipments which made it a bit difficult for me. It was when the computer was powerful enough to handle a full song. I was doing house music at the time, and it took me a few years to really understand how the software would work. Nowadays it's much easier becuase there's plugins, and buttons that simplify everything.
You're first vinyl was Deee Lite "Groove is in the Heart". Talk to us about the global movement from vinyl to computers.. Do you think the art of DJ'ing is dying or simply getting a musical makeover?
Music is living with it's time. I've always read and heard that "technology is making the music". I have never really felt that until the last couple of years. An recent example is live sets of Dubstep. Without the usage of technology it would probably be too difficult to mix live that the existence of that musical genre would be obsolete. It's interesting to see how music and technology go hand-in-hand sometimes. Some people love it, and others don't.
Talk to us about your new SMASH ep.
The latest track off the project is "Big in Japan". It's starting to gain some momentum and I can't wait for people to listen to the new project I've been working on. I feel as though I've grown a lot and it's something that I'm very proud of.
Skrillex just got nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. This is a first in Electronic music history. Talk to us about the direction that Electronic music is taking and how it has changed over the years since you started.
Skrillex is a special artist. He's evolved, and has his own story. It's a great time for electronic music right now. Throughout the world it's getting more and more stronger.