The Martinez Brothers named DJs of the Year
Congratulations are in order for The Martinez Brothers, named Mixmag's DJs of the Year for 2014.
There's no doubt that over the last 12+ months, the brothers definitely left their mark on the Ibiza club. As Mixmag points out, they were not only fixtures at the landmark throughout the summer, they truly let their personalities take on another dimension on the dancefloor. In fact, the magazine boasted, "Not since a young act by the name of Masters At Work has a DJ duo had quite so much charmisa behind the decks."
If the Martinez Brothers had a bucket list, they may have also crossed off most of the venues on it in 2014. We're talking about places like Creamfields, Southport Weekeneder, Fabric, Elrow, Tomorrowland, Ultra and Tenax and many more.
Christian and Stevie Jr. also recently worked with Nile Rodgers on an instrumental version of Chic's forthcoming track "I'll Be There." The cut was released on Rodgers' YouTube Channel on March 2, 2014 and is set to be the first single from Chic's new album. The brothers come in with bongo and claps, allowing Rodgers to capture a funky vibe much like he brought to "Random Access Memories" a few years back.
A full version of "I'll Be There" is scheduled for release March 20.
About The Martinez Brothers
Real-life siblings Christian and Stevie Jr., aka The Martinez Brothers, have been credited for bringing new life to New York's homegrown dance-music scene. All the way back in 2009, the New York Times cited their 'youthful-yet-knowing' DJ sets, and how they 'inspired a generation raised on hip-hop to move to a different beat.'
Often referred to as TMB, The Martinez Brothers were packing clubs back when Christian was still attending classes at Woodbury High School in Monroe, NY. The sky was the limit at that point, and the pair established themselves in places like Ibiza, Spain and Berlin, Germany. They gave interviews and were featured on the cover of Mixmag, a British dance-music journal. And no matter what, crowds seem to welcome anything and everything they want to play.
Given that they started their musical ascent as such a young age, one would think TMB would have cooled off now, yet that isn't the case at all. The brothers continue to embark on season after season of cross-continental clubbing, holding residency in Ibiza for a couple months, then moving on to DC10, with other stints at venues like Richie Hawtin's ENTER and well-known 'super-clubs' around the globe.
Still considered leaders in the global house music market, TMB spent 2013 beginning their NYC event series Mad Beats & Crazy Styles (in conjunction with events company Resolute). Guests included DJ Que, Rick Wilhite, Kerri Chandler and more. They also carried the concept all the way to the Kazantip festival in the Ukraine, and in their spare time started a new record label called Cuttin' Headz, which will serve as a home to their 'musical experimentations.'
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