“My favorite is actually the room that I’m playing in the upstairs,” says the Cole Valley resident. “It has a really intimate vibe and it sounds really nice up there. I think the flow is the best up there as far as people sticking around and not milling around.”
Kruder and Dorfmeister's music “is definitely timeless,” Martin says. Even though he won’t be playing in the same room, he hopes to catch some of Kruder’s set.
“Before I even thought about making music or performing, he was making some of the best music I ever heard. I’m definitely honored to be on the same bill,” he says.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Martin got an English degree from Pomona College in Claremont. “I really had no idea what I wanted to do,” he says. He stayed in Los Angeles, writing for Hollywood TV shows, then moved to San Francisco in 2000 to handle communications for a friend’s Web design firm. Projects for Macromedia, Dice Raw and Disney followed.
After 9/11, things fell apart.
“I started bartending and after a couple years I decided to get a soundsystem and do my own parties in Golden Gate Park,” he says.
Martin plays tech-house and techno with hip-hop influences. "I like the simplicity of hip-hop and the punchiness of it, but I love the four-four of house. It’s always going to be my staple."
Highlights of 2013 include playing Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle and Symbiosis in California, and Ukraine in Eastern Europe. He also did a summer residence in the most underground club he could get to on the island of Ibiza.
“The focus was on a big dark room and a big soundsystem. It was not really about popping bottles or seeing and being seen,” he says.
The party collective Dirtybird is flying high, as well, with Claude VonStroke hitting The City on Friday with his “Urban Animal” LP, covered by NPR.
“The Dirtybird community is as strong as it’s ever been and the crew is really doing well.”
Martin says stay tuned for a bunch of new, exclusive tracks: “I'm trying to finish more music, get more out into the world.” But he remains Bay all the way. “I just love the Bay Area.”
IF YOU GO
Opening for Peter Kruder
Where: Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.
When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
Contact: (415) 779-6757, www.publicsf.com