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Martin Larner Interview - Jan 2003


Luckystrike: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE GARAGE SCENE?

Martin Larner: Did my first set at a night called 'happy days' @gass club in Leicester
Sq in July 1994

Luckystrike: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DJing?

Martin Larner: In my bedroom since 1990 in clubs since 1994.

Luckystrike: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

Martin Larner: The people that started dance music as a whole, the one's that were willing to put their balls on the line in the first place for us to be
here now doing our shit!

Luckystrike: ARE THERE ANY PRODUCERS AT THE MOMENT WHO YOU RATE?

Martin Larner: Jon E Cash, sticky, Bigshot, Teebone, TnT, Zinc, Menta/DnD, Benga.

Luckystrike: WAS IT HARD BREAKING INTO THE SCENE?

Martin Larner: I did 5-6 hr residencies in the shitest clubs just to get experience
playing all types of dance music for about the first 2yrs and just
started getting the odd bookings on top of that, and it just went from
there really.

Luckystrike: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT UK GARAGE SCENE?

Martin Larner: Its in a state of change, which is good I think, (I don't agree with
the violence etc but that's not just Garage clubs its happening, we just
get the finger pointed at us all the time) there are to many heads in
the scene that don't like progression and are trying to hold on to the
past, I think everyone should just do what they feel and let the strong
survive. Look at drum and bass....you have dark, intelligent, vocal,
experimental, hardstep, jungle, old skool everything all side by side
and flourishing, why cant garage be like that???

Luckystrike:. WHAT DJ'S, MC'S AND STATIONS DO YOU RATE?

Martin Larner: I rate anyone who's out there pushing things forward and opening more doors for others to follow. I like hearing people hold a mix as well,
and mc's that appriciate what im doing and not just there biggin up
there mates! Freeze Fm 92.7 and Rinse 100.3 are the only stations worth
listening to out there now.

Luckystrike: WHAT OTHER TYPES OF MUSIC DO U LISTEN TO?

Martin Larner: Drum & Bass, Old Skool & New skool Hip Hop (not Rnb!!) and I like some house as well. Most of the time ill just have the radio on tho and
listen to everything.

Luckystrike: IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF YOU GETTING INTO PRODUCTION?

Martin Larner: Ive dabbled a bit in the past so maybe! Ill let you know!

Luckystrike: DO YOU THINK THE INTERNET FORUMS ARE A GOOD THING?

Martin Larner: Yeah as long as people don't chat shit! I don't care If people want to criticise me, ive put myself in the spotlight so cool, but sometimes
people just get stupid!

Luckystrike: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?

Martin Larner: Still here doing my thing!

Luckystrike: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

Martin Larner: Ive just set up a distribution company called NON STOP so I when im not
dj'ing I will be focusing all my energy into that...If we are gonna
survive out there we need to be in control of what we are doing.

Luckystrike: HOT TIPS FOR 2003?

Martin Larner: Jon E Cash, Dj Frosty (D&B), London Zoo Family, Mc Ultra, Benga,
Bigshot, Lady Fevah.

Luckystrike: ANY SHOUT OUTS?

Martin Larner: Jon E Cash, Teebone, Rash, Bapsta, Cayoh, Katch, Chang, Skola, Cine, LWS crew!, Jonny Stanton, Dj Frosty, Jon Manning, D'vinyl records crew, ant
@Cage, Principal, Nightrate, Lambert @Sidewinder, Jordan(Cardiff)
Michael, Lloyd Life, Loop, London Zoo, Mc Ultra, Spin E B, Soulja &
Katy, Lady Fevah, Aaron, Andrea, Mum & Dad, soessential.com and all the
shops.

Cheers Martin from all at 2SG

Martin Larners website: www.soessential.com


 

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