If you aren't familiar with DJ and dance music producer Justin Martin, you've got some catching up to do. The San Francisco native dropped one of the most coveted house music albums of the year, Ghetto's and Gardens, and has been dominating dance floors across the the world with his infamous Dirtybird crew, a label created by frontman Claude VonStroke. This past weekend Justin performed at Beyond Wonderland in Oakland, playing a high-energy set for a sea of fans.
"This whole experience has been so amazing and crazy for me," Justin said about his recent success. "I was very happy with the album when I turned it in, and the most satisfying thing ever is to be appreciated for the hard work. I cant thank my fans enough for making this the best year of my life."
Ghettos and Gardens was released in May of this year and became an instant classic with tracks like "Lezgo VIP", "HoodRich" and "Don't Go". With funky basslines, sexy melodies and hard-hitting beats, the album made it to dance radio airwaves quickly and stayed on a consistent rotation this summer both at underground warehouses and high-profile nightclubs alike, aiding to further build his buzz throughout the dance music scene. Now, Justin Martin is dropping Ghetto's and Gardens Remixes Vol.1, featuring peers as well as respectable producers like Dusky, Danny Daze, Bachelors Of Science and Catz 'n Dogz.
"I personally picked my favorite artists, people whose records have been the highlights of my sets, and whose sound i feel is the most cutting edge out there," Justin said of the remix project. "This has been just as exciting as the original album for me, because i get to hear all of my favorite artists take on my own music. Each remix has special meaning ."
When asked who he'd love to collaborate with in the future, Justin gave credit to The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams and Diplo.
"On the top of that dream list would be the Weeknd because of his amazing voice and dark take on R&B, but Pharrell too because he is just a genius and so much of his production has inspired me over the years. Also Diplo because he is just an all around fun dude and i think we would come up with something crazy. The list goes on and on."
Stream three brand new remixes below; Ghetto's and Gardens Vol. 1 will be available on Beatport October 3 and worldwide on October 16.
You can catch Justin Martin and the Dirtybird crew on October 26 at CONTROL in Hollywood, along with a handful of European shows in November. He finishes the year off with the BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen and the Hard Holy Ship.