Martinez, named Martin Swanstein, was born in 1981 and raised in the southernmost region of Sweden. At an early age Martin discovered techno which later progressed into an interest in house music and then to playing the keys, guitar, and flute. Following his new found affinity for music, Martin naturally segwayed into producing music on his computer and developing himself as an artist. Martin purchased himself a pair of turntables and began to hunt for records. At this time Martin was too young to attend the clubs, instead he arranged his own house parties on the beach, often with himself as DJ.
Years folloring, Martin produced a demo tape which scored him a chance to develop his producing skills in the Wrong Steps studio in Stockholm. There he co-produced some of his own tracks together with French producer Manuel Perez. Martin, a student at the time, worked his music production around his school schedule. One of his early tracks later appeared as Late Night Grooves on Martins debut twelve on Swedish label Deeplay Music.
In 2000 Martinez moved from the small Swedish town to the much more diverse music climate in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. This motivated him to spend more time and energy on his music productions, and not long after he landed a record deal with the well reputed Guidance label in Chicago. First out was the Laidback Grooves EPs which involved a mix of deephouse and broken beats.
Martinez debuted and released twelve on Deeplay Music as well as a few remixes for the Physics duo on the same label. His Aquarium Jazz Dub Mix on Dont Deny Me Love was a great success among audiences, DJs, and critics around the world. Other remixes include Danish pop/house act Filur as well as Dalminjo, Silicone Soul, The Beard, Holmes ft. Dragonfly, Jussi Pekka, Dibaba and Spiro Projecto.
Martinez' sound began in the deeper & jazzier fields of electronic music. In the middle of 2003, Martinez felt a stronger passion for the more techie and experimental sounds of house music. Soon, he began to work more with samples and electro base-sounds, as well as introducing something that he calls, “Cosmic House”; a spacey house sound in a mixture of tech, atmosphere and colorful melodies. Not long after this, Martinez was contacted by Steve Bug for a release on his DeepHouse imprint, Dessous Recordings, which resulted in “Skywalker EP”, which was a huge global success, especially amongst the DJ circuit . This release opened a whole new side of Martinez' music, adding an experienced edge.
Not long after, Martinez launched his own label, Out of Orbit Recordings. He has released three EPs by himself on Out of Orbit as well as 12inches from friends of his like, Trentemoller (huge success with Beta Boy/orb003), Zvukbroda and Jussi Pekka. Martinez succeded in signing two tracks to the very well reputed Get Physical label out of Berlin.
Martinez' great deck skills and impeccable taste has given him a strong DJ reputation and is often seen in the booth at various quality clubs and parties in Denmark and Sweden. There heâs been supported, among others, Aqua Bassino. On his 18th birthday, he played at the big closing party for the Stockholm Film Festival alongside hot-shot DJs like Jori Hulkkonen, Elegia and Llorca. He also played at the Roskilde festival in 2002, at Ben Watts Cherry Jam in London, Brama Jazz Cafe in Poland, Otto Zutz and Macarena Club in Barcelona. Swedish and Danish national radio and Radio Nova in Paris have broadcast his journeys on the wheels of steel.
Its been nothing but uphill since his development as an artist. As it is already great and can only get better, Martinez offers nothing but goodness to look forward to.