Well this is it folks the moment you & I have all been waiting for.
Martin Atjazz could very well be one of the hardest working producers around, certainly one of the most prolific, he has an ever increasing following of dedicated music heads, a sound that is so unmistakable there is no other quite like him. He’s a cheeky chappy and we love him. Without further a do, ladies & gentlemen I present to you Martin Iveson aka Atjazz!
Q.Martin you are on the verge of having your second album release of the year. Where does your creative force come from?
A.No Idea, I think I’m a touch bonkers, I need a rest though, Already had two albums released ‘SPW 10’ & ‘More Than A Remix’ and with ‘The Gift The Curse’ now here it’s all a bit above my head, I’m just knuckling down to get it all done, Loving what I do.
Q. There appears to be a special relationship emerging between British and South African artists, producers and DJs why do you think this is? And what if any, impact does this have on the current music scene?
A.I think we get on with our Brothers and Sisters in SA very well, we get each other on an energy level, SA has a booming music scene and I think that has a lot to do with it. They love international acts popping on their stages and I feel we’re the same here, we never sniff at a Black Coffee concert and I think our mutual respect for each others countries and ways has allowed to be far away friends.
Q. You have collaborated with the likes of Omar, Jazzanova and more recently with Julian Gomes. How does working with different artists influence your sound and creativity?
A. Well I don’t really collaborate much, I’ve worked closely with Charles Webster in the past and I’m sure we’ll do that again but I usually work alone and work on remixes and production rather than being sat in a room with someone for weeks on end so I’m not really sure I get that influenced by others, I think boundaries break down allowing work to flow but I feel in this industry, we have to keep a sharp solo sound in order to be that little bit different.
Q.What is the inspiration behind the album title, The Gift the Curse?
A. It’s a basic contradiction of life and when we are served a gift in life it’s almost quickly followed by a curse and this is on going. This album is really an expression of our work without trying to be part of something, we’ve done this for us and we hope that people get it on their own level. It’s a very personal album in that we really just wrote music and did our very nest not to think out it and just let things flow.
Q.You need to thank my girl Karen the Grifter for this next question. She asks ‘If you could produce a track with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
A. Marvin Gay or Jay Kay! I’ll leave that to your imagination.
Q. Martin 2013 appears to be have another productive year for you, what are your plans for the months ahead?
A. Albums, album, albums. I need to get back to me this year in regards to producing as everything in 2013 was either remixes or collaborations, I need some time on my own to get some music out of me. The label is cutting back a bit and only releasing specific projects that are headed towards album releases, I want my artist friends to get their noise heard in full effect rather than in bits and pieces.
Q.The Atjazz Record label hosts a range of talented artists and producers: DJ Tipz, Peacey. Is there anybody in particular you are championing at the moment? Who would you recommend we look for?
A. I think all my fellow ARCo. team are incredible and different, they’re all singing their own song and none of them sound alike. Peacey, Trueself & Si Tew are all in the process of finishing albums but there is yet another South Africa chap to look out for in the shape of ‘Thee Gobbs’ who’s album is ready to drop.
Thank you so much for taking part of my interview. I can feel The Gift the Cure (The Gift The Curse) blowing up in listener’s ears, bedrooms and dance floors all over the world.
“Like…. Whatever!” X (Martin you are a very naughty fella).