Terrace Martin is a Musician, Producer (music) and Artist from Los Angeles, California. He has produced records for artists including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Lalah Hathaway, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Warren G, Kurupt, Glasses Malone, Murs, Nipsey Hussle, and collaborates with other producers such as Sounwave, 1500 or Nothin, DJ Quik, Battlecat, Hi-Tek and Pete Rock.
Shattering the acknowledged rules of hip-hop production, he samples everything from funk to jazz to classical to create fresh and original tracks.
Martin's father is a jazz drummer, and his mother is a singer. He grew up listening to a broad range of music, including John Coltrane and Parliament and began playing the piano at age six. At 13, producing his first tracks on his Casio CZ101 Keyboard and an E-mu SP-1200, Martin was encouraged to take up the saxophone and learned to play it by himself before enrolling into Santa Monica High School to sharpen his musical skills. He transferred to Locke High School to study under Reggie Andrews, where he became first chair of the All-State Jazz Band.
As a child prodigy, Martin gained the interest of talk show host Jay Leno, who presented him with a scholarship and later purchased his first professional horn.
After high school, Martin attended CalArts but decided school wasn't for him, and began touring with Puff Daddy and the gospel choir God's Property.
Martin was recognized by Hollywood and music industry elites and found favor in the jazz world where he played as a member of Billy Higgins' World Stage All-Stars.
Terrace Martin has lent his production skills to artists including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Lalah Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, Raphael Saadiq, and the Emotions working hard to place his music with major artists. He scored a minor hit with 213's "Joystick" and went on to become one of Snoop Dogg's sought after producers, placing credits on R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece and Ego Trippin albums.
Martin's big break came when he produced a Power 106 radio drop with Snoop Dogg.
The Demo, Martin's 2010 debut album, features him as a rapper and producer. The album includes beats and guest verses from artists including Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Pete Rock, DJ Quik and Kurupt. On September 28, 2010 Terrace Martin and Radio personality Devi Dev released the EP Here, My Dear. The first single is "Roll Up Another One", featuring Wiz Khalifa and Overdoz. The EP has appearances from Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Kurupt, Kendrick Lamar, U-n-i, James Fauntleroy II, and pianist Kenneth Croutch, The EP is inspired by Marvin Gaye's 1978 album of the same name, "Here, My Dear". On December 21, 2010 Terrace Martin and Devi Dev launched their online music series #DeviTerraceTuesday and on February 22, 2011 they released their second project together, The SEX ep.
In 2013 Martin graced the airwaves with his highly anticipated follow up to Here, My Dear, 3ChordFold, a fusion project that brings together some of music's budding luminaries. 3ChordFold was followed up with 3ChordFold: Remixed in December 2013 and 3ChordFold: Pulse in Spring 2014, which featured many live performances with guest appearances from Robert Glasper and Thundercat, among others. His latest project, Velvet Portraits, will be released in 2015.
Martin currently produces regularly for Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg and Top Dawg Entertainment where he has lent his talents heavily to the critically acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly. He works closely with DJ Mustard and YG and continues to work with his mentor, Dr. Dre.
Martin works as an artist under his company, Terrace Martin Music, which is managed by Executive Director Monesia Hobbs. He currently performs in the Los Angeles area with his live band for his growing fan base.
Martin's role models include Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Stitt, Grover Washington, Jr., Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Battlecat, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and 1580 K-Day. Martin has said, "I started producing hip-hop tracks because it was the music of my time, but I never lost my love for jazz."
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