One of the power players in the emergent underground scene comprised of bass heavy beats, Marty Party, discusses the future of music trends.
It seems pretty obvious and intuitive, but why the name MartyParty?
My name is Martin and when I was a baby everyone used to call my MartyParty because I was a little bit crazy.
From what age?
Are you excited about forthcoming content?
Yeah, tons of content. I just released two EPs of my label. I have another one called Sour Diesel coming out, then a full length album called Purple. With PantyRaid, I have an EP coming out called Superior which is full on club dubstep energy. That was in my Brooklyn studio.
How do you like working with PantyRaid?
It’s just me and my friend, Joshua. We have common taste in music and personality, so we just hook our computers up and DJ together. It’s like having an ample amount of input at every moment. The one called Superior I think could be a summer anthem. It’s my personal favorite.
When will Purple be finished?
We’ll start pushing that during the April PantyRaid tour but probably have it released by May. There will be another 25 songs released by this summer for sure because I have birthday gigs in June that are sort of a release party at Public Works. I’m hoping other producers will listen to the realm of what’s possible in electronic music and go crazy. It’s a range in broad genres and I think some producers are scared to play some of them.
With these recent change in music and the rapid emergence of so many subgenres, where do you see that going?
I don’t have a choice. I just make music and I react to what I hear. Like the war in Libya, since then I’ve made a lot of slow, downtempo and heavy emotional tracks for the people. I don’t know what’s going to come out of my when I sit down on a computer. It’s a series of sounds, you know?
Definitely. What music production programs do you use?
I use Ableton on everything; my laptop, my desktop in my studio, when I DJ, and produce. It made me able to do this; I don’t know what I would do without Ableton. I would have to learn Logic or something and I would be fucked.
There are some other good ones out there.
Most of them are from an engineering perspective. You need it [the software] to be functional to the point where you can go, “Shit, I want to make this sound in my head!” and you can do that. With all of the other tools you have to create things and put things together, and wire things and I don’t want to do that. I like Ableton and I’ll always use it. It’s all you ever need; you can make a million hits with Ableton.
Fun fact: Ableton Live was voted #1 of the top ten music production software of 2010, with Logic and Reason following shortly.
Reason has good sound quality.
I know you do a lot of collaborations, are there any your looking forward to doing?
I’ve collaborated with Love and Light as well as Tigger and Mimosa and Josh. All my good friends. I’m starting to collaborate with SPL because I feel like he has to tools to go all the way. I work a lot with Mimosa. He’s so young and talented and I’m a huge fan. Josh, Ooah, has one of the best ears in the business.
I would say Ed, but all of The Glitch Mob is amazing.
Incredible engineers. They’re fucking magicians. They made the whole movement possible. They paved the road for guys like Freq Nasty.
It’s these kids growing up listening to this shit and The Glitch Mob and going to The Low End Theory, they are going to be the next Dr. Dre.
Yeah, Like Dre and Timberland when they came up with their own music.
That’s the next big thing.
Do you have any predictions of what that might be?
Yeah! You got 20 minutes!?
Can I get the short version?
There is a curve. You look at the fans. Who the people buy for the most amount of time is the use. What do the kids want? They are spelling love with plastic beads and I’m in love with it. The energy of everyone doing something together when they’re on drugs is so comforting. The same thing happened to the Dutch with trance; it’s like rock, you’re part of the concept. I think it has emerged and I think electronic is going to be the new rock. It’s party energy combine with sexy energy combine with hits and hooks, radio music, pop music, culture, fashion, politics, it’s going to change everything. The power of the internet is coming through the speakers. It’s a revolution, like Libya.
Electronic music has already made its way into pop music.
It has to start with pop.
Justin Boreta told me that he thinks in the future each individual will have their own way to express music however they want.
Anyone can pick up Ableton for free and with operator and the synthesizers can make a hit record. You just can’t save it until you buy Ableton. That’s going to change the world because now you can make that hit and put it online for free.
What is your favorite website to listen to new music?
Pandora is always going at my house. It’s going to be the next level shit.
I recently talked to the CEO of Pandora, Joe Kennedy, who wants to use the Music Genome Project in all of these different applications beyond mobile Pandora, to the point where everywhere you go you will hear music that you enjoy.
[sound check is happening]
I really fucking love this song. You can always play other people’s music as a fan, but original music is the way of the future. And I love listening with my headphones. Fuck studios. I sit around on my laptop smoking weed and I’ll come away with a mix like pussy. Let’s make some noise.