Martin Folb aka MartyParty is an electronic music producer and performer. (EDM, HipHop) Born and raised in South Africa and currently residing in Miami, his music runs the gambit from sexy hip hop to intense dance to dirty club and festival music. Whatever the genre the music is always emotional and often experimental in nature. MartyParty has released 6 original albums and toured for 7 years playing his original sets - he is also half of the super group PANTyRAiD together with his friend Ooah of The Glitch Mob. MartyParty started producing his own flavor of music in 2005 with the mission to change the monotony of electronic music by creating an entirely different electronic sound: more musical, more story telling, and more diversity in the beats. The result is a growing anthology of MartyParty music crossing over most popular genres into a rich sound he calls PURPLE MUSIC.
"I was born in a small farming town outside Johannesburg in South Africa, I got my name cause I was a crazy kid and had too much energy and my mom called me MartyParty cause my name is Martin. When I was 11 my family moved to the city and I started being exposed to the club and underground music scenes. I used to go out every night during school on my Yamaha YZ dirtbike and cause tons of trouble but I was always very diligent at school and aced everything. I was always mad into computers, I couldnt get enough computer shit. I was always coding or gaming at home. When I was 17 I left home and went to Cape Town and studied computer science at UCT. After graduating at 20 I got a job and started learning about corporate life, I worked in a club on the weekends and learned about the rave - I partied hard. At age 23 I was recruited into Silicon Valley by a technology startup in the US. I moved to San Francisco CA and lived there for 10 years commuting to work on my GSX750 sport bike across the Bay Bridge every day. It was in SF that I really got into house, trance, and EDM music and I started collecting vinyl and developing my own musical taste. I was a big raver and lived in the underground rave scene as much as possible. In 2005 I decided to quit the corporate world as I had enough of its slave mentality. Always holding a carrot in front of you, never letting you feel ur own success. I bailed. Took off to Costa Rica where I learned Ableton Live and the software and process for producing EDM at night, and surfed and hung on the beach in the days. I started crafting my own sound one rainy season in Costa Rica in 2006, I didnt know what to call it but it was rave music that had a hip hop beat. I wasnt really feeling steady beat music, and I just started composing hip hop beats and then layering melodies and basslines on them to create a progressive story in each song. I wanted to synthesize every sound and not use any analog or organic material. I was obsessed with 100% digital music creating the same emotion and feeling as organic music. I called it Purple Music cause I was totally in love with Jimi Hendrix and his Purple Haze tune which changed my life when I heard it. I moved back to the US in 2007 and started MartyParty and PANTyRAiD with my homie Josh. The music just started coming real fast and I spent the next 7 years writing and touring my music. I lived in Portland, in New York and now I just moved to Miami which is my new home. Its like Costa Rica in the USA. Im a beach bum at heart. Anyway, my goal has always been to inspire others to become artists and to break digital music out of the monotonous and boring pattern it seems to always take and make it truly musical and expressive, and make timeless songs. Ive seen genres and movements come and go, trends emerge and die, but at the end of the day its about songs that transcend all that crap and stand alone. Im on a mission and Im only 6 years old in my musical career - my best songs are yet to come. WATCH OUT." - -M?R†?P?R†?
"I love melody, and I love harmony, Ive always lusted for rich and complex musical layering much like classical music, but with hip hop style beats and digital sound design"
MartyParty’s live “PURPLE OPERA” is a seamless voyage through an original music collection taking the audience on a the roller coaster ride of emotion and dance. Intense bass, huge beats, emotional melodies and cutting edge sound design all come together for a wild trip – unique to every performance.
There are no “disks” and he is no “jockey.” Working without headphones using Ableton Live on a laptop, the ability to mix more than two channels creates an entirely new audio experience for the audience. The live set is a show… a high energy, intense dance party.
“I just want to make kids freak out and let loose – we all came to party – I make a party – you have no choice but to get into it – young and old – one thing is for sure, you’ll be going nuts.”
MartyParty plays MartyParty music although he will mix in some hot tracks from other dope producers…. “Because I love hearing the latest sick tracks on the big system too.” He then overlays his music with one shot’s, crunky acappella vocal samples, and brings it all together with his custom filter and delay controller so create the MartyParty experience.
“It’s all about experimentation and invention – that’s why I make music the way I do. The new tooling in digital music production allows me to sit alone in my room on my iMac with two KRK Rockit monitors and a subwoofer, and produce original music from the first chord, right through to mastering and release on the internet. This freedom and power make it easy to explore the limits of the audible sound spectrum, including sub bass, poly-melodic harmonics and sound design, with incredible speed, productivity and without complying to any convention. My mission is to change the way people think about electronic music and to bring the art of musical composition back into popular music. My dream is that I inspire others to do the same. We live in a digital world, I’m not interested in emulating anything that has been done before.” - -M?R†?P?R†?
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