Sun. Dec. 05, 2021

Video interview: The Martinez Brothers

The Martinez BrothersThe fourth and last in the series of video interviews we managed to co-produce alongside back in the day. Welcoming Dennis Ferrer‘s proteges The Martinez Brothers on their first trip to Paris!

2007… A French TV cameraman by the likes of Ludovic Marcellin hit me on my cell to let me know about the project he had to put together video interviews featuring DJ’s/producers booked at Paris’s club Le Djoon, inviting me to be in the driver’s seat for this. An exercise that would stand much as a challenge for me, rather accustomed to do so for magazines and eventually radio stations.
On top of that, and because of the presence of only a cameraman for obvious production costs, I would have to come up for another round after the interview. Then repeat my questions in front of an empty chair in order to do necessary extra takes before putting the whole together!

The exercise would be kinda different though. This time conceived as a travelling in the streets of Paris as opposed to the others in the series. From Karizma to Kevin Hedge. Not to mention Louie Vega. Under sequences in various locations. Beginning with Betino’s Record Shop. With newcomers The Martinez Brothers, talkin’ about their influences. But also their approach of music at an early age back at the time. This along with their dad – a Paradise Garage fan back then – who accompanied them…

Bronx natives Chris and Steve Martinez have been brought to music when (still) on their teens. With thanks to their dad who was a regular of The Paradise Garage. But also to Dennis Ferrer who acted as an elder brother. This while takin’ them under his wing on his Objektivity label at the time.

More than 10 years have gone since. And TMB, as we also call them, have established themselves as a force to count with. Obviously makin’ the right choices in the running of their profile. As DJ’s (performing together) while appearing at some of the biggest events in the circuit. And also makin’ themselves quite a name with their residencies in Ibiza. Regularly spinnin’ on behalf of collaborative label Tuskegee Records along with Set Troxler before settin’ up their own Cuttin Headz imprint.

In 2014, they came to directly work with fashion designer Riccardo Tisci. With this resulting in the creation the soundtrack for Givenchy’s menswear and women’s wear fall/Winter 2014 and Spring 2015 collections. Then, the year after they came to collaborate with Chic‘s Nile Rodgers. Adding percussion on the memorable ‘I’ll Be There’ which we welcomed as Our Single Of The Week back then. The beginning of 2018 seein’ them joining forces with Louie Vega on the boiling hot ‘Shut The Door’

Video interview: The Martinez Brothers – In the beginning…

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