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Poll 2019: Martin Jensen

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Martin Jensen was something of a late bloomer, but since breaking through in 2014 he’s not been out of the Top 100 DJs list. The 28-year-old formerly trained as a contractor and machine mechanic and worked for his father, but is now more at home serving up his tropical house sounds to thousands of baying fans in Hollywood, China, Bali, London and everywhere in between. 

The cheery Dane also climbed high in the UK charts this year with a big tune with X-Factor winner James Arthur. ‘Nobody’ is a summery dance-pop anthem with lush production and just one of four new tunes this year: ‘Louder’, ‘Rubber Bands’ with Timmy Trumpet, and ‘I Could Get Used To This’ with Malte Ebert also won him plenty of new fans and continued the subtle evolution of his feel-good style. 

Next to all this, he’s also launched his own range of clothing on his website, saying: “From day one it was a dream of mine to create a collection that I would personally want to wear and feel comfortable in.” 

 

Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Yes, of course! I make sure that each show is registered properly and go through it every half year with my team.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“Everyone needs to be more vocal and open up about their struggles and worries — then we can support one another better. It’s not all perfect Instagram pictures and the perfect life we need to portray.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“I’m planning on it in the future. I’m preparing a big project through which I’ll finally be able to make my own line-ups, and will definitely support wherever I can.” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“I try where I can to choose electric cars when on the road, and recently I’ve switched to using trains to get around China rather than fly. I’m passionate about cleaning the ocean, and in the near future hope to create an exciting project to address that issue.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“I was more of an outdoor kid and spent a lot of time on a quad bike!” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Frozen, my daughter and I love that movie!” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-16 15:18

Style: 
“Energetic.”
Best known for: 
“‘Solo Dance’, Martin Jensen & James Arthur ‘Nobody’.”
Tune of the year: 
“Meduza ‘Piece Of Your Heart’. I usually play a bootleg of it by David Puentez.”

Poll 2018: Martin Jensen

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From: Denmark
DJ style: “Energetic.”
Best known for: “Martin Jensen ‘Solo Dance’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Anne-Marie ‘2002’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Sigala. He has really killed the game this year.”

Enjoying his third consecutive year in the Top 100, Denmark’s Martin Jensen is an EDM fast-riser with a knack for crossover records that shine particularly bright with their female vocals. This was crystal clear with his 2016 breakthrough smash ‘Solo Dance’ (currently swiftly approaching a stupendous half-billion Spotify streams), and the trend continues this year with his summer smash ‘16 Steps’ with Olivia Holt. Jensen tells DJ Mag he’s taken a step up this year.

“I’ve expanded my team in order to push the boundaries even further,” Jensen says. “I’ve been super-productive in the studio lately, I’ve felt a whole new energy towards production and I’ve just released a new club EP called ‘World’. We’ve toured the world, done a bunch of great shows and gone even more in-depth with the show production than ever before. I love seeing the shows evolve in this way, and already have plans for what’s coming next year. I can’t wait to see the response.”

Words: ANGUS PATERSON

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 09:27

Poll 2016: Martin Jensen

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From: Denmark
DJ style: “Dance music.”
Best known for: “Sampling soundbites from videos on Facebook, and my single ‘All I Wanna Do’.”
What’s the next new big track? “Point Point ‘All This’.” 
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016: “Kungs.”

Danish DJ/producer Martin Jensen’s meteoric rise could only have happened in this decade. He’s shot to fame thanks to his clever manipulation of YouTube videos — making small snippets into tracks. He started off doing this by sampling a shout of joy from footballer Cristiano Ronaldo at an awards ceremony, and then filming himself making a track out of it. The video went viral, with demand such that he made a full track out of it and ’Si’ became a global hit — 18 million streams on Spotify and counting.

He’s since made 35 videos with a sampled hook, and turned a few into tracks following feedback and input from subscribers to his channels. This very participatory way of working helped tracks like ‘Miracles’ — his first proper single — go gold in Denmark and rack up over 15 million streams, and his tropical cut (and biggest track to date) ‘All I Wanna Do’ has hit over four million streams on YouTube, and 45 million streams on Spotify. The track has gone double platinum in Sweden and triple platinum in Norway.

His new entry into the Top 100 is sure to fire him headlong out of Scandinavia and take him more global now. But how has he achieved this level of success so far? “I’ve been very lucky with my social media strategies, and my label disco:wax has put together a strong strategy for me since the beginning,” Martin tells DJ Mag. “I’m truly grateful for that fast growing success and the support I’m getting from my fans and team.” 
 
What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“Yall, Izzy Bizu and Martin Garrix.”
 
Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?
“Electronic music is dominating the world charts, now more than ever. I definitely think it is being taken seriously.”
 
What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus 2 for DJing, Universal Audio and Izotope RX for production.”
 
If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be? 
“I’m very comfortable in my current field.”
 
As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“A gazillion dollars!”
 
What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
“People at dance music events have a responsibility to each other. Help where it is needed.”
 
How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Right now the scene reflects a lot of people, mainly young men, really into the music and DJ scene. If it is to change, it all has to do with making everything from the gear to the music more and more accessible to a broader audience.”

WORDS: KIM O’CONNOR

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2016-10-17 14:15