My innocuous vision for chasing a career in the music industry emanated from one distracted revision period spent indulging Amon Tobin, the Cinematic Orchestra and Mr. Scruff – all Ninja Tune offerings – through my headphones. The notoriously reclusive label have afforded a rich tapestry of effervescent alternative dance talent across their 21-year history, including the Mercury Award-winning Speech Therapy in 2009.
So receiving an invitation to interview Martyn about his forthcoming Brainfeeder album, Ghost People, at their historic London offices slapped me with the kind of giddy smile accustomed to X Factor contestants making it through to the next round. Following an anxious hunt for the nondescript venue, I bundled up a narrow staircase and arrived at their attic meeting room to erect my filming gear. Surrounded by a plethora of wall-mounted gold and platinum records I discovered Martyn and his 3024 colleague / artwork overlord Erosie discussing the Ghost People sleeve, which incredibly is a photograph and not some Photoshop wizardry.Martyn swiftly put me at ease with a warm handshake.
His spirited persona made it easy to forget the substantial influence he’s had on the dance music world. His career has developed from booking drum and bass acts as a promoter during the 90s to releasing his widely critically acclaimed 2009 debut LP Great Lengths, touring extensively with Flying Lotus‘ Brainfeeder festivals and curating the fabriclive 50 CD.
Now, he’s preparing to release his sophomore album for the same label alongside plotting a series of launch parties to encapsulate the feel of the project. I couldn’t wait to have a chat.