Martin Solveig was only 18 when he first showed off his skills behind the turntables at famous Parisian clubs and it is there that he first earned his recognition. His first album “Sur la Terre,” from his own label Mixture, inspired by African rhythms led to a remix of Salif Keita’s “Madan.” The afro-dance jam quickly became an anthem for club goers and put Solveig on the map. He then came out with his second album “Hedonist,” packed with hits such as “Everybody,” “Jealousy” and “Rejection” that clearly showcased the DJ’s new funk and rock driven sound that became his trademark.
Even though Solveig had been making music for quite some time and was well known in Europe after three albums, it was the undeniably catchy dance jam “Hello” featuring Dragonette that helped propel the French DJ to superstardom in 2010.
Apart from the platinum record that finally made him popular in the US, Solveig is proud to be part of something bigger, saying in an interview last April that his climb “also coincides with the time of a great positive revolution for electronic dance music in general in the US. So I’m glad to have had my little share of that, to make awareness of [dance] music in the US.” Since then, Solveig has been highly solicited, by the public who’s devouring his new track “The Night Out,” but also the legend Madonna herself, for whom he produced several tracks on her album MDNA and is currently touring with.
Solveig never forgets to address the visual aspect of his music by putting a lot of work into his videos from which he doesn’t shy away (he literally appears in all of them). But with his latest studio album ‘SMASH’ he unleashed his geeky self and came out with his own You Tube series, a collection in which he portrays himself as a hopeless romantic trying by any means to get his teenage crush’s attention. Solveig’s mini series redefines the idea of music videos altogether and brings his undeniable sense of humor and questionable dance moves to it, adding an extra dose of entertainment to his addictive sound.
Not just a DJ, Solveig is a multi faceted artist (he also sings, produces and apparently plays tennis?) who is definitely on the must watch list. And now that he has a new audience to please, I can’t wait to hear (and see) what he’s going to come up with.
Pick up Solveig’s latest album “SMASH” filled with his funky fresh sound, his soprano voice and collaborations with Dargonette and Kele of Bloc Party.