MartyParty brings his bass-heavy set to Samana Lounge in Vail Friday
VAIL — In his early 20s, Martin Folb ventured from his native South Africa to Silicon Valley to work as a software programmer. He spent a dozen years working in the dot com boom before he traded in his chair and cubicle for a stage and screaming audience, and changed his use of computers from a corporate application to a musical application.
“I was a Java programmer and pretty much rode the birth of the Internet application working on software in the back end of online shopping and social networking,” said Folb, who is known as MartyParty in the electronic music circuit.
That was a decade ago, in 2005.
“I learned Ableton, wrote some beats and the rest is history,” Folb said. “The decision to change was a need to challenge myself and to try to leave a mark on music by making the sound I always wanted, but never heard anyone else make. I really just made it myself and it caught on. I’m still making the same sound: a sexy, emotional kind of dance music.”
MartyParty returns to Vail Friday for a set at Samana Lounge. It’s the second time he’s performed there in the past three years, said Ross Cohen, the talent buyer for Samana.
“I am bringing back MartyParty … because of his influence and attraction as a bass-heavy artist,” Cohen said. “This is a unique experience for Samana being a 200-person venue. MartyParty typically plays large festival tents holding thousands of people, and to have the opportunity to see him in a such a small space is a treat. He definitely gets the party going and is full of energy bouncing around the stage. His sound is cutting edge and he has the ability to play intelligent tracks and big room smashers.”
Vail Daily: You performed at Agave last spring. What’s new in your world since that show? And what’s on the horizon for you that we should know about?
Martin Folb: (I) stopped touring in November, wrote a new 90-minute set and moved to Miami since then. (It’s) a whole new roller coaster ride of MartyParty music.
VD: What can people expect from your show at Samana Lounge tonight?
MF: Total genre-defying music leaving you asking what? Why? How? Did I just do that? Delivered to the audience with a attitude and sensitivity I have learned to apply to mixing my songs together. A kind of dirty, naughty, sexy dance party.
I constantly make new music so it’s really just the new music which I try and prepare for shows — I go for all original sets so it’s a challenge that keeps me inspired and always flexing in different directions. I just experiment and try and bring something different by producing a new set.
VD: Do you still split your time between South Africa and Miami?
MF: No — unfortunately I don’t return to South Africa just because my travel schedule has been crazy since 2008. I went in 2000 last. I plan to return as soon as I can and to do my first ever show in South Africa. Promoters apply! I’ve lived in California, Oregon, New York and I now live in Miami where it is always warm.
VD: What’s inspiring you most recently?
MF: Honestly just living my life without being influenced by any other artist’s direction. I’m rediscovering my own self through experiencing new things in my life voyage. My music is a daily part of my life. It changes with my moods and environments. I love it for being so adaptable. I’ve also been very inspired by reggae of late.
VD: What’s your New Year’s resolution?
MF: In 2015 I’m going to just become myself even more — taking it as far as it will go without worry or concern for other influences.
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