Hello fellow bass-children! We quest for music that moves our bodies. We love music that doesn’t just invite us to dance, but that MAKES us dance!
Marten Horger, a DJ/producer from Germany, really made an impression on AYNiB this past summer at Motion Notion Festival in Golden, BC. Seeing Marten perform again at Shambhala Music Festival cemented our affinity for his style of entertainment: Marten is FUN. His music gets you dancing, his energy is amazing, and he lives for a happy audience. You can expect groovy, sexy, hip-hop inspired, energetic rhythm with that deep bass we love.
Marten recently toured through BC and Alberta with shows in Calgary, Whistler, Victoria, Kelowna, Nelson, and Vancouver, to name just a few. Anticipating only greatness, we at AYNiB set ourselves up to hang with Marten when he came to Vancouver.
This is what the man behind the music has to say:
Your Facebook page says you’re quite the party animal… What’s the best party/show/festival you’ve been to in Canada?
I think it’s an even split between Motion Notion & Shambhala for me.
What made these parties better than the rest?
Both are pretty damn awesome when it comes to things like stages, location, and vibes. But it’s the people that make the places … and the crowds as well as the people that work at both of those events are just sensational.
Who is the most important person to have on stage (or behind the scenes) when you’re performing?
I’m very happy to have outstanding people that I work with. Both my agent Rhett from Wolfcastle here in Canada and my manager Norb back home in Germany are saving my life on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes even twice a day. Having someone you can rely on 24/7 has become essential for me. I couldn’t live without it anymore.
If you could play at any festival around the world, which would it be, and why is this festival ‘the one’?
[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]I loooooove Kazantip on Krimean Island in the Ukraine. It’s one of my favorite places on Earth.[/quote] I loooooove Kazantip on Krimean Island in the Ukraine. It’s one of my favorite places on Earth. Again, it’s the people that make it. On top of that, though, it’s just the craziest vibes I’ve ever felt.
How would you describe the kind of experience you hope to create for your audience?
I try and make people have the best time humanly possible. When I go out and DJ its never MY big moment … it’s always theirs.
When you’re not performing, what do you like to do and where do you like to go?
I looooooove being home. If I get to spend time at home I sometimes don’t leave the house for days. It’s awesome to just stay in one spot for a while. Just hanging out, cooking, and making music … Our studio is in our house so there is no reason for me to leave.
What’s on your iPod these days?
I just had to wipe ALL the music of my phone to make room for a gazillion pictures. Golden memories that weigh more than even the heaviest of basslines.
What can your audience look forward to hearing in the future; what is inspiring you right now?
[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]…it’s about time for grooving music to take the scene again.[/quote] I think after everyone has tried to make the biggest banger for years and years it’s about time for grooving music to take the scene again. I still love to play big banging things but ill def try and produce a few more sexy, grooving tunes again in the future. In fact, my new single “Oh Girl” which is going to be released on Stanton Warriors’ label Punks is pretty damn sexy.
He sure seems nice, right? Who doesn’t want sexy grooves, amazing vibes, and a super down-to-earth DJ to bring it all together?
Questions and Answers can really only tell you so much about a bass music experience, so here are some of my impressions on a night spent hanging out with Marten:
- Enthusiastic catch-phrase of the evening: ‘Ze German is in da haus!’
- Sound: sexy-groovy-hippity-hoppity-pouncy-bouncy-funfunfunfunfun
- Dance experience: flowing to music that moves you through body banging to undulating gyration, from tip-toe excited jumping to busting out your best ‘get low to the flo’ speaker humping…
- Language barrier? Marten’s music is “geile sheize!” (that’s “horny shit!” in German…. means: REAL GOOD!)
- Stats: 21 days of touring, 17 spent on stage! He’s an animal!… and all smiles.
- Fans: a semi-circle of star-struck DJs and producers watch Marten make music magic … this man is a legend. His fans are famous. And the crowd goes nuts.
- Between afterparties, squished into Timothy Wisdom’s van: Marten says he has a baby on the way… this family man misses home and his sweetheart of 12 years, “Genine” which he says so perfectly French, and with so much love. Says his babe will be a ‘daddy’s girl’. We have no doubt.
- Local hospitality: eager to make his last night in Canada one to remember, squeezing the last drop of ze German’s juice, the Funk Hunters (Nick and Dunks), Scotty DJ, Slynk, Featurecast, and Timothy Wisdom show Marten what Van has to offer …
- Three hella-fun after-parties later, Ze German exits (*insert German accent here*) ‘da haus pahty’ at seven am to catch some Zzzz’s before his flight back to the motherland at one pm.
Marten, your reputation holds strong. You know how to make your listeners happy, your friends comfortable, and your family feel special. Thank you for your kindness and your commitment to good times.
Readers, remember Marten Horger’s name when looking for great grooves. A solid man, with mad skill on the decks. He’s radsauce.