Heavy bass producer Christian Martin stops in Vail
Ryan Summerlin January 3, 2013
Christian Martin has been exploring electronic music from one end of the earth to the other, from full-moon parties in the deserts of California to the thumping, dark corners of the London club scene. Samana’s talent buyer Ross Cohen first came across Martin at the annual Burning Man festival four years ago.
“I heard Christian play a sunrise set and I was instantly hooked by the deep rattling bass beats that I heard,” Cohen said. “The bass sound made me want to dance and never stop.”
Martin will perform at Samana Lounge in Vail tonight. The overall theme to the evening will be low end bass and not dubstep, glich hop, or drum and bass. Expect house-based bass music written with funk and soul.
Martin followed his love for spleen-rattling bass to San Francisco in 2000, where he met up with the now legendary dirtybird crew, known for their heavy bass house music. The dirtybird BBQ was the brainchild of the four original members – Martin and his brother Justin, and friends Claude VonStroke and Worthy. They had a personal mission to change the landscape of San Francisco house music by throwing an epic free party in the park, based on their new signature sound revolving around bass.
With nothing to lose and everything to gain, he bought a massive sound system on his credit card. This set the standard for a new era of die-hard dedicated DIY producers, all with productions based on heavy bass-lines, smiling faces and dance floor delights.
Martin began releasing a steady stream of tracks, first collaborating with Justin under the “Martin Brothers” alias, as well as Claude VonStroke. The Martin Brothers partnership has produced such hip-hop influenced hits as “Duckface,” “Stoopit” and “Dum,’ as well as remixes for Ed Banger and Fool’s Gold. On his own, he’s released his own brand of bassy house music on labels such as dirtybird, Trapez and Anabatic.
His low end take on tech house has led to remixes for musical heavyweights such as Chromeo, Underworld, L-Vis 1990, and many more.