From a very early age it was clear to Joel Martinez that music would always play a huge role within his life as it has always had invoked a profound effect on his emotions and he has always felt the desire to share this effect with others. Growing up in the 80 and 90’s, raised on and inspired by equal parts New Wave, Freestyle, Electro-Funk, Post Punk, and Industrial, falling in love with House, and Techno-music in the mid 90’s was a natural progression.
By 1998 the desire to share the music he loved with the people who love it could no longer be denied. Starting off with a belt driven turntable, a portable compact disc player and a 60 dollar Radio Shack mixer, Joel learned the cornerstones of proper mixing. Beat matching, programming, blending and track selection without any intention, other than making customized mixtapes for friends, co-workers and anyone that would listen. After piecing together a proper set up of Technic 1200’s and a decent mixer, Joel began honing his skills behind the decks and decided that distributing prerecorded mixes would no longer suffice and began taking bookings at various local venues in his Inland Empire hometown, sharing the sound he held so closely to his heart with like-minded locals
Over a decade later, Joel’s passion, love and need to share this music has not subsided and remains as strong as the first time his 13yr old ears were seduced by the beauty in the beat. Always on the cutting edge, and never wanting to being pigeonholed to any certain sound or sub-genre, Joel’s sets travel through various stages of house-music; from deep and techy, to funky and jazzy, from disco-ey and jacky, to dark and banging. Not an easy task by any means, but blessed with a natural instinct of finding and piecing together sounds that compliment each other, Joel has proven time and again that he has the ability to “work it out” with the greatest of ease.
Joel has played at numerous venues (bars, clubs, special events) across Southern California as well as various after hour and underground warehouse events throughout the Southern California area.
In addition to DJ’ing Joel has also proved himself as a reputable and dependable promotions representative. Having held the longest running House music weekly in Riverside Ca. his weekly events “HOME” and “Re:Soulution” have had a strong and consistent following and has been a staple in the Inland Empire underground house music community for over 10 years strong!
Joel’s constant need to progress and build on what he has accomplished and experienced is what sets him apart in a world overly saturated with here today, gone tomorrow, ‘fly by night’ DJ’s. His mixing, programming and track selections and are always on point and guaranteed to move the crown in any setting.
Joel Martinez’s tracks