Justin Martin, whose parents reside on the Valley Isle, will come back to Honolulu for what has become an annual aggressive dance floor awakening.
Representing his native Bay Area roots to the fullest, Martin’s Feather Fight EP, put out by Hypercolour, has hit solidly on Beatport since its release last month. Feather Fight rides on the coattails of Ghettos and Gardens, an album he released in 2012 (and celebrated with Honolulu at the CD release party in July). Since then, he’s spent the summer holding down residency in Ibiza with his fellow Dirty Bird Records mates Claude Von Stroke, J. Phlip, Leroy Peppers, Worthy and brother Christian.
J. Mart was heavily influenced early in his career by the thumps of underground hip-hop and the quick-tempoed bumps of drum and bass, but today he represents the new regime of beat-savvy players with worldly intentions. His bass-heavy concoction of “booty tech” not only reveals his sonic appeal, but also provides a refreshing addition to the ever-growing EDM continuum.
Friday’s set will mark his last stop in the States before he ventures overseas to France and the U.K.