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ArtForm: CityShowcase Act/Composer

Like most people that move around a lot as a child, Martelo sees the world with wide eyes and takes influence from all aspects of life. Growing up on Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Paul Simon, his teenage years saw him delve into everything from punk and grunge to drum 'n' bass, garage and hip hop; an eclectic array of music that has no doubt had an influence on his music taste and DJ/production style.

"I guess I play world music, but not the snobby stuff. Hood music from the global underground.. from the favelas to the projects to the tower blocks"

Martelo was grafting on the Sony/BMG street team and DJing on promo tours for Justin Timberlake, 50 cent, DMX and Destiny's Child as well as holding down a weekly residency at Ministry of Sound and two shows on pirate stations Freeze and Bassline all by the age of 20. He has also been asked to open for Ice Cube, Waka Flocka Flame, and Jay-Z (twice)

In the years since then he has become known as part of the yOyO family who consistently blow the roof off any party they throw, with Martelo being an ever-present on these memorable occasions. He has been the International Tour DJ for Santigold since 2007, as recommended by Diplo, and regularly plays festivals all over from Coachella (LA) to Summersonic (Japan) to Field Day (Aus) right back to Glastonbury (England). A regular on The Boiler Room and at London's Fabric Nightclub, Martelo is also currently holding down a weekly show on London's most prestigious underground radio station NTS and Tour-DJing for one of the UK's rising stars; Roses Gabor.

Biog as for City Showcase in 2013

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Run to the Beat 2013
Sunday 08.09.2013
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