Make it New With Martyn [THU 2/25]

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Apart from being a ravenous hockey fan, prescription you know Martijn as a music producer whose appetite for sound hardly has any borders. Throughout the many layers of his winding 16+ years in electronic music, tadalafil Holland native (now Washington DC resident) Martijn Deijkers, viagra 40mg aka Martyn, has always stood in a genreless scene of his own.

Though his influences are wide-ranging, Martyn’s music is deeply inspired by the futuristic and melodic aspects of Detroit and Chicago. His rhythmically diverse sound floats across D&B, dubstep and various strains of bass music, just as smoothly as it traverses house and techno, and encompasses abstract ambient soundscapes. Based on musicality and energy in equal parts, Martyn’s layered tracks are a rapt exploration of melancholy, futurism and dancefloor hypnotism.

Martyn is a human manifestation of our mission: to constantly revisit the past and mine its inspirations for future sound and thought. By dancing from genre to genre, his productions refuse to be categorized, and his DJ sets, which often feature his vast array of work, carry the same sense of intrigue and exclusivity.

Paired with our own sonic time traveller, Coralcola, this will make for an immense night of new aural extremes and old friends.

Make It New with Martyn
Special opening set from Coralcola
Thu February 25
Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Want to learn to DJ? Don’t forget to take a look at our DJ and Music Production courses, and keep up to date with our other events. Any questions? Shoot me an email!

Polina’s Top 5 DJ Sets of 2015

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Whether you know it or not, Polina is crucial to our operations. As Director of Hospitality for Together Boston (and year-round at #MakeItNew), she meets and greets many different artists from around the world. More importantly, she’s the Director of Marketing and Communications for the school and lab, keeping up with the latest in digital trends to propagate our mission: to extend technology to musicians everywhere.

It so happens she’s a huge fan of drum and bass, broken beats, and raw techno. So, without further adieu, here are her top 5 DJ mixes of 2015.

1: Om Unit

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Stylistically I hope to have brought the more etheric side of my work to the forefront for this selection, making it, I hope a good repeated listen. I think the best mixes take their time and fill a space around other tasks rather than demanding your entire concentration for an hour or more.

2: Loxy

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3: Martyn

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Panda Bear – Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Primitive Patterns Extended Mix)
Point G – Too va Oo
Rhythm II Rhythm – Mellow Magic
Trevino – ?
Paul Johnson – Feel my MF Bass
Ricardo Villalobos – Lugom-ix
Pacific blue – industry pt 2
Doms & Deykers – Fonts for the People
Gesloten Cirkel – feat Liette
Nitzer Ebb – Join in the Chant instr
Rhythmus Gunther – Pronto
DJ Richard – Benzos
RAC – Neo Rio

4: Daniel Avery

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5: Roman Flügel

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Two Huge New LPs, Released in a Matter of Hours

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At the end of the day yesterday, we were pleasantly surprised by the full-album release from Popcaan, entitled Where We Come From. With classics like “The System” and “Everything Nice” contained within, Popcaan’s first full-length [iTunes] is rife with energy, uplifting ideas and a somber, pensive attitude well-aware of today’s bizarre world. The release come with an essay from Wayne Marshall, aka Wayne and Wax, a Cambridge resident, technomusicologist and multi-year Together collaborator. As he says:

In turns uplifting and haunting, reverent and rude, Where We Come From gives voice, as the best reggae does, to the contradictions of life in a society rife with inequities and yet so rich. Whether odes to the ghetto or the good life, Popcaan’s lyrics bring realist portraits and utopian visions into dynamic tension. Songs about struggle and sex and happiness occupy the same space because they do. And whatever the topic, Popcaan’s infectious positivity comes through.

With his mentor–the mighty Vybz Cartel–put in prison, Popcaan carries the torch of forward-thinking dancehall by featuring the productions of the Mixpak crew, mainly Dubble Dutch and Dre Skull (who we brought to town in 2012). All told, they are redefining the sound, one of the most important musics in the world.

Wayne’s entire essay is well worth a read. Click through and read as you listen to this remarkable album:

Then there’s Martyn.

Martyn came from the true dubstep tradition, itself an offshoot of dub reggae, so maybe these two artists are not as different as you might think. Since he came up as a dubstep producer, he has also flexed his sound, taking input from various disparate sources to create a new energy. His album premiered this morning via Thump, the “EDM” arm of Vice Magazine. Just as Wayne’s essay on Popcaan is essential reading, so is Martyn’s interview with Thump:

What I tried to do was let my guard down and have other people influence me. Some people just have better ideas than me, ha, it sucks. It’s just hard to hard to admit that because when you’re making music, you’re supposed to be quite confident about your own abilities. Now though, I see it as maybe you’re actually more confident about your own music if you can let people in.

We love Martyn, and most recently had him at Make It New in 2013. Read his in depth interview as you listen to his remarkable third album, The Air Between Words:

The Air Between Words come out officially on the excellent Ninja Tune Records June 16th. We’ll remind you over on Twitter.

Inside the Mmmmaven Project, we teach how to make music like this. Music that is alive, vibrant and fresh. Music that uses technology to create its own unique language. Inside, we believe that not only should music use technology, or not just that music and technology can work well in tandem but in fact that:

Music and technology are the same thing.

Martyn to Deliver Versatile Bass Music at #MakeitNew 10/24

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Martyn is a man of many influences. Beginning his career as a drum ‘n’ bass DJ in his Dutch hometown twenty years ago, he became involved in the London dubstep scene in the mid-2000s. In 2008, he released a remix of TRG’s “Broken Heart” for Hessle Audio. The release was immensely successful – with dubstep maestro Kode9 as one if its biggest fans – and has since led to his frequent classification as a dubstep producer. But his music incorporates much more: it’s a mixture of drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, house, and techno, defined by a heavy bassline.

Rather than attempting to live up to genre expectations, Martyn is more concerned with creating a certain feeling with his music and pursuing the sound that inspires him as an artist. He follows the same approach with his DJ sets, as he explained to Resident Advisor:

As in most of my sets and recorded mixes, I like to show how digging in a wide range of areas of the musical spectrum can still produce something coherent and personal.

This is what you can expect when he visits Make it New this Thursday. With twenty years of DJing experience and a virtual crate full of goodies from various ends of the musical spectrum, we’re sure he will deliver a captivating set.

MAKE IT NEW WITH MARTYN
BALTIMORODER AND JOHN BARERA
THURSDAY OCTOBER 24
MIDDLESEX LOUNGE
315 MASS AVE., CENTRAL SQ., CAMBRIDGE
9PM-2AM
21+/$15