In Conversation: Doc Martin & Joeski
Between them they’ve played at some of the world’s biggest clubs including DC10, Miami Music Week and Fabric. Last month, the duo joined forces once again, after succesful releases via Poker Flat Recordings and Lapsus Music, for “Loveland” featuring vocal talent Lillia; an epic release that is destined to tear up dance-floors across the globe.
With the release now available, we got these two pillars of the US scene to go In Conversation (Doc Martin, Joeski) discussing much about their roots, influences and, of course, “Loveland”.
“There were an endless supply of warehouses”
I guess we should start at the beginning of raves in the US. I threw my first Acid house party in 1987/88 in San Francisco. There weren’t many clubs playing Acid House and House music. The first act that I booked was Master C+J with Liz Torres on Vocals from Chicago at a club called Townsend on a Thursday night. It went off. The one thing you have to remember is there was no internet back then. So we didn’t know what was being played in Chicago, New York, Detroit or London. We would still mix New Wave, Hip Hop and Disco. We booked acts like Inner City, Deee-Lite, Fast Eddie, Tyree Cooper, D-Mob etc.
So when the rave came to be in San Francisco, around 1990, it was based on more house, US Techno and a group of Dj’s from England called the Wicked Crew. In LA people like Baby Ford, Guru Josh, Frankie Bones and Joey Beltram were playing the raves. There were an endless supply of warehouses. So that’s where many of these happened. The LA raves were more based on Hardcore. The After-hours would play house and Acid House.
I got into DJing around 1988. My sister was dating this disco DJ at the time, and we formed a friendship and he introduced me into the world of DJing. He had a full set up of 2 turntables and a mixer. I use to always go there and play around with his records. He had an extensive disco and freestyle collection. From then on I started playing little house parties in the neighborhood. At that time he would always bring me to legendary clubs like the Tunnel and the Palladium. From them on I connected with people in the business such as promotors, which helped jump start my career. At that time in the early 90’s it was the beginning of the rave scene in NYC. I got my first break playing at NASA at Club Shelter. In those days, the main room was always techno/drum and bass, and there was always a house room. I was a resident in the house room. From then on I went on to play raves all over the country.
I got my education in New York. So many great clubs and record stores. My first gigs were at Frankie Bones Storm Rave, Disco 2000 and Save the Robots for Keoki. A highlight was the first time I played Sound Factory (which ended up being a residency for Twilo).
Joeski we have known each other for so long . Do you remember the first time we met?
I know it was NYC early 90’s Maybe you can fill in the blanks.
Yes, I used to play with Keoki at SAVE THE ROBOTS back in the day. I think it was around 1993. I remember Keoki telling me about this guy Doc Martin from California was coming to play with us. I was like, “COOL”. I heard you play for the first time in NYC and you rocked it too.
You’ve always made super incredible music and have been able to hold it down in the booth.I know for me the passion is still as real as it was, if not even more now. It’s been a wild ride for both of us, that’s for sure. What still drives you and your music?
I could ask you this question too. Man, I feel like I found the same passion and love I had when I first got into this. The fact that i am inspired and creative is what keeps me moving! Just getting started too!!
What I really like about the rave scene that’s here today is that musically it’s opening up again.The people are really enthusiastic about it. There are so many different vibes to get into. Everything form Desert Hearts, Burning Man, Woogie, Dirtybird to the big raves.
What are your influences?
Definitely would be Latin music Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Afro world music in general. It has been a big influence in my sound. I remember as a child my mother cleaning the house blaring Salsa music. That stayed with me and I think thats why its such an influence in my production.
I feel you on that! I’ve really enjoyed working together on the music front. I feel like we are onto something when we mix all our energies and Influences together. Mine are deeply rooted in Reggae, New Wave, Hip Hop. I think some of our influences come through on the Loveland Ep for Crosstown Rebels sub-label Rebellion.
Your always in the lab,That’s the one thing I really respect is the work ethic. What’s coming next?
Ufff…..tons of things in the works. I feel like lately the studio is my happy place, so I live in it! A lot of cool projects and remixes in the works…. New remix of Dennis Cruz on Hot Creations, another single for Green Velvet’s Relief and a bunch of new stuff on my label Maya Recordings. Have also been doing DJ sets of all unreleased material, I have been having fun with that!. Like I said I’m just getting started!
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