John Martin

John Martin

The singer-songwriter John Martin was born the son of a real stuntman and grew mid-80s in a suburb south of Stockholm in Sweden. With just 13 years he got his first guitar and formed his first band logical that Nirvana songs played as they had none yet own. John himself tells: "At the time, MTV had his wedding and I spent the whole summer watching television and heard Nirvana and The Doors - that and Jim Morrison were the reason that I wanted to start playing guitar." It was not until 15 or John 16 began to develop their own material. "I was 16 when I started to write her own songs," he says. "We have a year gecovert songs and then I pretty quickly begun myself to write things. The first were influenced by rock, but also very melodic. "

The next major step took place, without anyone guessed in spring 1999, when John with his rock band played at a party in central Stockholm and Michel Citron, an aspiring young songwriter, was also present. Afterwards they asked a mutual friend before today. Only after ten years, and Johns Michels paths should cross again. Fast forward to a summer evening in 2009. The now established songwriter Michel Zitron hangs up in a club in Stockholm. This time, a rather drunken John Martin is also at the party. "We were already times ten years earlier (but that was a long time), and when we met for the second time, we no longer knew. We were introduced again. I was drunk and was still playing in my band, but actually had enough of hanging around in rock and roll shutters. I found electronic music now much more exciting, and so I ended up at a rave - which was exactly the evening. Michel earned his money as a DJ and writing for other artists, but he said he wanted to make something bigger on his feet. "

They quickly discovered their shared passion for melancholic music, great melodies and club culture. They talked long about the absence of sadness, messages and stories in today's dance music - and made plans to cooperate. "We have all night long spoken about" grins John. Naturally lit her first song a huge spark in two. "The first song - what can I say? So there is not a first moment often, but all came together quickly. We were an hour finished piece and both had the feeling that we had found something that the other had been looking for. I remember that I thought: In this sense, I have been waiting for! was the first song, How Does It Feel ', the second, Silence, Please' and the third, Do not You Worry, Child '. "

They wrote a whole year together on and then excelled in December 2010. The next important step on the horizon. Sebastian Ingrosso, the head of the Swedish House Mafia, came in the Cosmos Studios. There, the two groups had rented a room, and on the first day they played him some songs. John says Seb've "blown away" when he heard the songs and his voice. "At the end he asked if we did not want to take notes on one of its tracks, a scaffold from which soon, Save The World 'was. We got the whole song in one day finished, it was one of those pieces that virtually write itself by itself! "

Anyone even slightly familiar with big hits will agree that "Save The World", along with "One" to the Hallmark of Swedish House Mafia counts. "Good for me, it will always remain a great song," he smiles. "It all happened so fast and for me that was the reason to quit my regular job. When the track was a hit, I got the opportunity to go on a world tour. So I came to anywhere, with Sweden we played at Madison Square Garden, in Ibiza and at the Alexandra Palace. In Madison Square Garden were 17,000 people. FOr me the song with lots of great memories connected. "

The equally epic "Do not You Worry Child" was the next single, the John wrote together with the Swedish House Mafia and recorded. "It's a beautiful song, Do not You Worry, Child 'means a lot. The text and the music are very personal, it's about love and childhood memories. "Worldwide success came on. When John arrived in February 2012 in the US and at the same time received a message from his manager, the song was in the Billboard Top 10, and he the first was also what was on the radio of his rental car at the airport, because he realized that now all was one size larger. "Seemingly overnight Changed everything. As we were traveling, we heard it all month long in quasi infinite loop. At that time we had never played the song live, but shortly afterwards I was in the course of three days in Stockholm in front of 100,000 people. That was a highlight. "

Then he wrote another smash hit, "Children of the Sun" with Tinie Tempah on which John can also be heard. "We first met through a mutual friend. Michel and I wrote the melody and then Tinie rap to. The connection was natural. It would not have many rappers to the track fitted, but our worlds were obviously good combination. "

In the last few years it has brought to global success and experience recognized by the Grammys John. Signing with Iceland Records was a lifelong dream of finally came true. John recalls: "I have always maintained Iceland fOr a cool label, at the bequest - U2 and Bob Marley, things could hardly be" The last piece of the puzzle, at least until now, is his debut album. "The songs are the most important. Of course there are electronic influences, but the core of the album are the songs. I wrote it when I was on tour and people have encountered. New cities, new people who we met on the road. It's about our lives and their life "with great songs and great artists - from Nirvana to Depeche Mode. One should fool oneself: this is music for people, and people have been waiting for.

REVIEWS of supporters:

Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1 - "It's great to have a singer from the Format John Martin on board."

Tinie Tempah - "John has a mad voice, but he was able to make up to now only on very successful Dance plates prove. When I hear him sing, I think again and again, his voice sounds so great. "

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