A hot DJ with a global itinerary, Eddie Martinez is ready to share an after hours event with you in September.
Thotyssey: Hello Eddie, happy September! How is (was?) your summer?
Eddie Martinez: Happy September! I didn’t have too much of a summer, to be honest; I worked all of it, lol! And yours?
Pretty good, and also busy! Being a popular DJ means you’re constantly on the road… did you have a favorite city or venue that you played in within the past few months?
I actually had two favorites this summer: playing at the legendary New York Pier Dance for NYC Pride which was at Pride Island, as well as CircuitMOM’s Market Days in Chicago. Both were massive and amazing energy from the crowds.
What does an Eddie Martinez night on a dance floor sound like, when you’re given complete freedom to play what you want?
It is a journey full of fresh sounds and sexy bouncy beats. A night for you to get lost in the music and feel sexy, feel your feels, and dance your ass off.
Where are you from originally, and was music always a part of your life?
I am born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Yes, music has been a part of my life ever since I was a little kid.
How did DJing come about for you?
I started DJing as a hobby when I was 18, just playing around with sounds. My first actual DJ gig was at Vlada Lounge in NYC.
RIP Vlada! Did you also use to DJ any of the drag shows there, or anywhere?
No… the only drag show I DJ’d was on Fire Island with Bianca Del Rio, for a night I had right after the show called “The Deep End” which was a deep house night.
Do you have a “this is the wildest thing I’ve seen or experienced in a party I DJed” moment?
There have been a few. But… at one show playing in San Francisco for Dore Alley Weekend, these two porn stars started fucking about a couple of inches away from me for about 45 minutes — right after they had a performance on stage. It was extremely awkward for me… almost shoulder to shoulder!
That definitely sounds memorable, lol! You’re also able to stay really fit, even though nightlife often means weird hours and unhealthy living for many! What’s your secret?
Well thank you very much! I try to stay consistent, and dedication is key.
You’re also a producer and creator of your own original music, and run the indie label Stimulus Recordings!
My label began a little after I finished school, where I learned the fundamentals of the music business. So I wanted to immediately start creating without any boundaries.
What is your writing / composing process like?
Initially it starts with an idea, a vocal or a melody I hear. Then I start building the track. It just depends on how much I’m into it, really. I can bang out a remix in four days or it’ll take two weeks. It all just depends on much rest my ears need.
“My Lovin'” is a great vocal house track you dropped in August!
Thank you very much! I came across a sample of the vocal and fell in love with it. It was very much on brand for me, so I wanted to do something fun with it.
So Saturday night / Sunday morning, you’ll be in Brooklyn’s new hotspot No Aloha for an afterhours called BPM, care of Joe Roszak in association with Liam Yung! I got my whole life at their last one, and this should be just as Lit!
Lit AF! Yes! Lol, it will be a proper NYC afterhours.
What else is coming up for you in the near or distant future?
Some very big stuff coming up! Exciting things! Can’t say too much because I don’t want to jinx anything!
We will keep our eyes peeled on your socials! Okay, lastly: what’s your best advice for a baby DJ who wants to make it in the scene?
I always tell people who are interested in DJing this: put in the work and learn the skill — the art of DJing. Play around with different sounds, different genres. Create. There is so much power in knowing how to do things properly. And most importantly, be consistent in putting out work.
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