Joel Martin was born with music in his blood. He grew up on a diet of Donna Summer, ELO, Voyage, The Beach Boys and David Bowie.
In his teenage years Hip Hop struck a chord and Joel found himself not only craving the new music coming out of the USA but it’s deeper roots. It wasn’t long before he was digging for funk, film soundtracks, jazz, disco, rock and everything in-between. And then there was House…
As the years passed with music becoming more of an obsession, it lead to Joel curating various compilations: ‘Bite Hard’ in 1998 (B.B.E), an excursion into rare library music, the first disco-rap retrospective 'Harlem World' in 2001, the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ soundtrack (Trunk) in 2004, and the infamous 'Esoteric Disco' mix under the pseudonym 'DJ Zeus', which explored many untapped genres and even ended up in DJ Harvey’s CD Wallet…
In 2005 Joel started producing music with Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) resulting in 3 cult releases for the NYC’s ‘Whatever We Want Records’ as ‘Quiet Village’ & they recently completed the album ‘Silent Movie’ which was released in may 2008 to a plethora of excellent reviews.
The duo have also been busy remixing everyone from the Gorillaz to Francois Kevorkian & Black Devil Disco Club.
The release of ‘Silent Movie’ saw Joel & Matt tour The World during summer 2008. Gigs included The Mutek Festival (Canada), Deep Space (NYC), End-Up (San Francisco), Liquid Room (Tokyo), The Big Chill/Glastonbury (UK), Oxygen Festival (Dublin), Sonar Festival (Spain), La Flesche D’Or (Paris), Lowlands Festival (Holland) & many more…
Joel continues to DJ worldwide and this year alone has played at many respected clubs across the Globe including…
Plastic People/East Village/Big Chill House/Fabric/Sosho – London
Milk Club/Cay Club – Tokyo
Cielo/APT – New York City
18th St Lounge – Washington DC
Tigersushi Party – Paris
Red Rum Club – Helsinki
Expo XXI Centre – Poland
Zukunft – Vienna
Living Room FM – Switzerland
Berns Club/Fredisgarten (Stockholm)/Caviar Club (Gothenburg) – Sweden
Watergate Club – Berlin/Munich/Dussledorf – Germany
Café Capital – Antwerp
His selecting skills have also been requested at such prestigious events as Eric Clapton’s 60th birthday, the James Bond “Quantum of Solace’ launch party in Warsaw, cult Kraut-Rock innovator Manuel Gottsching’s 55th Birthday party in Berlin, the Stussy 25th anniversary party at Fabric and Giles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2009.