My love of house music started pretty much at the same as the music itself in the late 80′s. I would mix sets at the local youth club near my home fuelling a dream of DJing on a larger scale. From the early days of playing in commercial clubs I became known for playing the more upfront/underground house music of the day including early Acid House and went on to play at other local clubs during the early 90′s at Claires & The Monastery in Torquay, Voltz and Warehouse in Exeter and also ‘Scream’ at the Warehouse in Plymouth
The ‘Full Tilt’ night at Claires in Torquay is where I really made a name for himself in the area playing warm-up sets for Nick Warren, Jody Wisternhoff, Rocky & Diesel, Mark Wilkinson, John Digweed, Dave Seaman, Lisa Loud, Clive Henry, Billy Nasty and more. Following successful sets in Torquay, This led to sets in Plymouth in the late 90′s for the area’s biggest dance music night, ‘Scream’ at the Warehouse/Oz. Regular dj’s on the night were Sasha, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold and many more big names.
In the early 1990’s I was also part of Torquay-based studio and helped create Slapback Records with Dave Parkinson [now a top studio engineer for Toolroom] and produce his own music that also gained play and support from Judge Jules at KissFM.
Since those days I amassed some great gigs at venues in the UK, France and in 2010 playing in Ibiza with 2 sets on the main stage at Ibiza Rocks Hotel.
July 2011 saw a return to Ibiza to play for Lost in Ibiza, Soundfarm studios with Emulator and also at the massively popular Kanya on sunset strip. I’m a regular in Les Deux Alpes and Alpe D’Huez during winter and summer seasons playing regular nights at Smithy’s Tavern, Le Breslien, Mini Bar, L’Avalanche Club, Jukeboxx and also at the legendary Pano Bar situated on the mountain playing banging sets to around 2000 people surrounded by snow!
I hosted two shows for online radio station KlimakzFM every Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm-8m from autumn 2010 hosting almost 100 shows until the station closed late in 2011. I was also sponsored by CYW by Urbanz Headphones and a demo DJ for the Emulator Touchscreen DJ system.
During 2012 I was busy with regular sets at the Attic in Torquay, a friday residency at Soho Bar Torquay, Terrace Sundaze plus multiple sets at Kanya and Lo Cura in Ibiza finishing the year with a return to the French alps for dj sets in Les Deux Alpes.
2013 continued with further sets for The Attic including supporting Timo Mass. Another summer season of Terrace Sundaze alongside a Saturday residency at new Torquay cocktail club, Prestige. Returned to Ibiza to play multiple sets at Kanya and sets for Lost in Ibiza, Hotel És Vivé, Awaken Ibiza, Dunes Ibiza and Emulator.
I’m a resident for Deeper Sounds radio curated by Andrew Eastough and mixes have aired on Cafe Mambo Ibiza Radio, British Airways In-flight radio and 06am Ibiza Underground Radio.
My thirst for playing the best new house music is never quenched and is working hard to produce new music and gain more exposure worldwide.
More info and mixes from Martin are available on www.djmartinsmith.com plus search ‘djmartinsmith’ on Soundcloud, Mixcloud, iTunes, Twitter and Facebook