Martin Solveig Bio

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Martin Solveig bio

Though he grew up singing in the church choir and studying classical music, by age 13 French DJ Martin Solveig had his first pair of turntables and soon began showing off his skills to his friends. At 18, while working in a local record store, he further discovered the complexity of electronic music, and shortly thereafter was spinning at some of the most prestigious clubs in Paris. His first DJ sets inspired a passion for electronic music and an ambition to make a career in this fascinating, elusive little world. As a student, he was successively resident DJ at Le Palace, Les Bains-Douches, L'Enfer and Le Queen. Assembling disco classics and percussion, he soon learned to put together simple pieces. With his friends' backing he set up his own label, Mixture, and made a name for himself with “Heart of Africa.” This piece of percussion enlivened by raging saxophone riffs won acclaim from influential electro players, such as Joe Clausell, Frankie Knuckles and Bob Sinclar. Sinclar, who had just launched his “Africanism” project with DJ Gregory, asked Solveig to join the team. The result was “Edony,” Solveig’s first hit, which sold 40,000 copies in vinyl. A surprising track, telling the story of an Egyptian princess over a derbouka backing, it reached the number-one spot in the French, Italian and Greek club charts. His first album Sur la terre (On Earth) was released in 2002. It included “Edony” and “Heart of Africa,” as well as “I'm a good man” (a powerful, old-school soul track), and the slightly melancholic “Someday.” This first album was a strong critical success, drawing unexpected reactions from around the world. Solveig worked with international producers such as Kenny Dope (Masters At Work), and DJ Spen (Basement Boys). An artist endlessly roaming from venue to venue, he has performed his music on the decks, touring clubs worldwide. The 2004 Rocking Music Tour took him to more than 20 countries. In Sydney, New York, Ibiza, Singapore, Barcelona, Zaghreb, London, Lisbon, Dubai and Paris, at events ranging from a private party for Karl Lagerfeld to the open-air festival of Carthage, Solveig found unswervingly enthusiastic audiences. In 2011 he was officially named one of the producers for Madonna's album MDNA, has collaborated with Dragonette and Kele of Bloc Party, and hosted a weekly radio show called "C'est La Vie" on stations worldwide.

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