Martin Solveig

Martin Solveig

Martin's first production efforts were persistent, but inconclusive. Then, with the backing of friend and mentor Claude Monnet, he set up his own label, “Mixture, and finally made his name with “Heart Of Africa”. This piece of percussion enlivened by raging saxophone riffs won acclaim from influential electro players, such as Joe Clausell, Frankie Knuckles and Bob Sinclar. Sinclar, who had just launched his “Africanism” project with DJ Gregory, asked Martin to join the team. The result was “Edony”, Martin's first hit, which sold 40,000 copies in vinyl. A surprising track, telling the story of an Egyptian princess over a derbouka backing, it reached the number-one spot in the French, Italian and Greek club charts.

Now it was time to take the plunge and put together an album combining these tracks with others, providing a wider vision of Martin's musical world. “Sur la terre” (On Earth) was released in 2002. It included “Edony” and “Heart Of Africa”, as well as “I'm a good man” (a powerful, old-school soul track), the slightly melancholic “Someday”, and “Linda” (a jokey Afro nod to his masters, Fela and Serge Gainsbourg). This first album was a strong critical success, drawing unexpected reactions from all around the world. It enabled Martin to work with international producers such as Kenny Dope (Masters At Work), and DJ Spen (Basement Boys) and also brought him offers of ambitious remixes for Cunnie Williams, Soldiers of Twilight and especially Salif Keita, for whom Martin wrote one of 2003's great club anthems, “Madan”.

The story of this remix began unremarkably, with exchanges between record companies, but when the lively, universal song was heard, things started to move. Martin re-orchestrated the track, turning it into an afro-disco whirlwind. Pleased with the result, he decided to release it on his “Mixture” label. For nearly a year, Tony Humphries, Louie Vega, David Morales and others featured the remix in their sets. It was then aired by numerous radio stations in France , Italy , Portugal , Australia , South Africa , etc., a proud achievement for its creator. While sticking to Salif Keita's traditional message, he secured the backing of top DJs and won over a broad, not necessarily specialist audience. “Madan” has now been compiled more than 150 times in 21 different countries. It is included on the remix album “Suite” (Continued), a compilation of many of Martin's remixes and a few previously unreleased tracks, including “Rocking music”.

Martin realised that he had reached a turning point, that it was time to step back from African influences if he was to avoid getting stuck in a rut or acquiring the kind of label that always sticks a little too firmly to an artist behind their back. Another meeting with Jay Sebag brought the possibility of a rewarding partnership that would allow Martin to express his sometimes rather controlled (but uplifting) disco streak. “Rocking Music” was released in October 2004, greatly widening the artist's audience and winning over the UK public for the first time. Backed by Mousse T, Pete Tong and Erick Morillo, “Rocking Music” impacted on the 2004 Winter Music Conference in Miami, then swept across Europe on the air and in clubs (BBC Radio 1 playlisted it with high rotation).

Martin never lets his producer's cap get in the way of his DJ headgear. An artist endlessly roaming from venue to venue, he performs his music on the decks, touring clubs worldwide. The 2004 Rocking Music Tour took him to more than 20 countries. In Sydney , New York , Ibiza , Singapore , Barcelona , Zaghreb, London , Lisbon , Dubai and Paris , at events ranging from a private party for Karl Lagerfeld to the open-air festival of Carthage , Martin found unswervingly enthusiastic audiences, often displaying different sensibilities.
Read more

Add speaker to favorites
Remove from favorites
back
Data Policy
Communications

Our data
collection policy

I agree to the Privacy Statement of the ADE Foundation, including the following ways of using your personal data by the ADE Foundation and/or third parties selected by the ADE Foundation:
Using personal data on your device

The storage of information, or access to information that is already stored, on your device such as advertising identifiers, device identifiers, cookies, and similar technologies.

Making a personal profile of your interests based on your use of our Website(s) and Platform

The collection and processing of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalise advertising and/or content for you in other contexts, such as on other websites or apps, over time. Typically, the content of the site or app is used to make inferences about your interests, which inform future selection of advertising and/or content.

Sending you tailor-made ads

The collection of information, and combination with previously collected information, to select and deliver advertisements for you, and to measure the delivery and effectiveness of such advertisements. This includes using previously collected information about your interests to select ads, processing data about what advertisements were shown, how often they were shown, when and where they were shown, and whether you took any action related to the advertisement, including for example clicking an ad or making a purchase. This does not include personalisation, which is the collection and processing of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalise advertising and/or content for you in other contexts, such as websites or apps, over time.

Sending you tailor-made content

The collection of information, and combination with previously collected information, to select and deliver content for you, and to measure the delivery and effectiveness of such content. This includes using previously collected information about your interests to select content, processing data about what content was shown, how often or how long it was shown, when and where it was shown, and whether the you took any action related to the content, including for example clicking on content. This does not include personalisation, which is the collection and processing of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalise content and/or advertising for you in other contexts, such as websites or apps, over time.

Measuring your use of our Website(s) and Platform and the content we have provided to you

The collection of information about your use of the content, and combination with previously collected information, used to measure, understand, and report on your usage of the service. This does not include personalisation, the collection of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalise content and/or advertising for you in other contexts, i.e. on other service, such as websites or apps, over time.

Agree to
our communications

I agree to the Privacy Statement of the ADE Foundation, including the following ways of using your personal data by the ADE Foundation and/or third parties selected by the ADE Foundation:
Required (*)
Why am I seeing this?
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now