Wade Martin (born October 20, 1979) is an English-born artist, music producer and founder of JWMS (the umbrella corporation for JWM Records and WM Studios). Martin is the co-owner of IME Records with Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels (of Run-D.M.C.) and Matthew Earl Jones, as well as a former business partner with Amar'e Stoudemire and Hypocalypto Records. Martin designs his own recording studios and, in addition, writes and orchestrates the business and marketing plans for his endeavors. Martin's Phoenix studio is one of the top designed recording studios in the world and he has followed suit with the opening of his Las Vegas studio.
Part of an elite group of music producers that record all their own instrumentation within their work, Martin has worked with artists/bands like Katy Cappella (www.katycappella.com), DMX (rapper), Nas, R. Kelly, Britney Spears and The Rolling Stones. Martin has also worked with record labels from Def Jam Recordings to Interscope Records and has guest judged on FOX's American Idol and The X Factor.
Early life and career:
As a teenager, Wade Martin was a performing artist and opened for bands like Guns N' Roses and Weird Al Yankovic. In addition he wrote, recorded and sung "A song for you" that cracked the U.S. top 40 in 2005. Martin's craft and love for writing music grew with his success but as often is the case with young stars, the spotlight grew blinding, literally blinding him at one point, and he eventually decided to walk away from the stage. Martin traded his life on the road for something more grounded while staying true to his core passions: writing and recording music.
WM Studios was founded in Europe by Martin in 1996. The company is a subsidiary of JWM and is held collectively by JWM Enterprises.
Martin opened WM Studios, a new Pro Tools-based facility in Phoenix, with hardware provided by Los Angeles-based MW Audio. The exclusive invitation only Phoenix location has been ranked as the number 7 recording studio and was hand built by Martin. The studio features the only touch screen recording console in the world. This is the first console size touch screen interface ever created for a recording studio. Wade collaborated with Doug Dyer from Sound Thinking who encouraged him to implement the idea for the new studio and to interface with Pro Tools. The live room and vocal booth features LCD screens on custom arms in lieu of traditional music stands making things more efficient for artists to edit their lyrics and much more. The windows between the recording studios control room and tracking rooms were built and designed by Acoustical Surfaces sporting a sound proof STC rating of 65. Entry into the studio is finger print scanning biometric accompanied with top of the line surveillance cameras to insure a high level of security for artists and their work while inside the recording studio. The air condition system does more than just cool, it purifies and ionizes with a 6 inch thick filtering system and balances the humidity levels to insure clients get the best possible air quality. All outboard gear is used like the Solid State Logic X-Racks series featuring pres, dynamic modules straight out of their million dollar XL 9000 K series console.
Las Vegas, Nevada:
In 2013, Martin opened another WM studio in Las Vegas. The state of the art facility includes an oversized touch screen console, detailed wood paneling and stone walls throughout. The studio is located in a gated complex with high tech security system. The studio consists of a large control room, small live room, a large vocal booth, a grand piano room, and a private bar with seats. These rooms are fully equipped with the latest state of the art equipment. They boast of technology like Neve, Chandler, SSL 9000J and many more. The entire place is covered by Mogami quad cabling as well as terminated Neutrick connections for all panels. There are touch screens in all rooms to help artists interface with pro tools or work directly with their lyrics without the need of assistance from the engineer. The place has its own clean power grid making it possible to continue working even when there is no power in the city. The control room is also acoustically designed to give deaf people the power of sound.