Huxley: Releasing The ‘Martinet’ Alias

Huxley opens up about his new alias 'Martinet' following the release of the 'Terra' EP.

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Huxley has been an influential artist over the last few years, delivering some of the highest rated underground tunes on the scene. He has arrived on labels such as AUS, Relief Records, Moda Black and many others. Recently the talented artist has revealed a brand new alias, Martinet, with a new EP coming out on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth label. Now Huxley opens up about this alias, and what he aims to do with it, and Huxley as well. It looks like we are in store for a lot more new music.

You’ve been making a real name for himself over the last few years, performing at major festivals, as well as sweaty basement venues. Did you ever imagine the project to take off like it has?

I don’t think anyone writing music/DJ really thinks that it’s going to explode, or maybe that’s just me. Put it this way, had it ‘taken off’ or not, I’d probably still be doing the same thing. I’m just very, very lucky that I’ve had the success I’ve had.

Was this always the dream, to be a part of the underground dance music scene and perform in venues around the world?

Well, yeah. It’s always something you want. You know, the pipe dream thing? If you DJ or write music then, generally speaking, I think you want to be able to get it to the widest audience possible.

You have also worked with some high class labels releasing quality tunes. What is it like to work with such labels and seeing your own music released on these?

Again, I’ve been pretty lucky here. All of the labels i’ve worked with have been pretty organic relationships. The Hypercolour guys were mates of mine, I’d DJ’d with Ralph Lawson and really like him and with AUS i knew Will a bit through other mates. I’ve actually left AUS now (it’s all amicable, before anyone fancies a gossip) and the labels I’ll be working with for the rest of the year will no doubt be mates too.

The support of fans of your music must also be a huge lift, how does it feel to see tracks received so well by fans?

It’s hugely important but is a kinda weird dynamic. I want people to enjoy what I do but that said, if people don’t like things, I’m not going to go and do something else for the sake of it. You know what I mean?

However the last few months have seen you unleash a new alias, Martinet. How did the idea of an alias come around?

I write a lot of music. It’s rare that a day goes by without me sitting in the studio. I’d been working on pushing myself out of my comfort zone and I really wanted to do some moodier, synth based stuff but it was very different to what I do as Huxley, so an alias made sense.

This means though that you will be balancing the Huxley and Martinet names, does this mean double the work load?

Nah, or not in the sense you’d think anyway. I have got some ideas about some Martinet live stuff which could be exciting (and an increase in work load), though.

And if you happen to be entering the studio now, working on ideas, do you have a different approach now that you have two names to release under?

Yeah, it’s difficult to quantify though. It depends on my mood/mindframe when I go in there I guess.

Your most recent Martinet EP was released on Last Night On Earth, Sasha’s huge label, titled ‘Terra’. Tell us a little about how the EP came around and the inspiration behind it?

I’ve known Sasha for a while through touring, but this was the first time I’d made music that I thought would fit his vibe. I’ve been a fan of him for a long time and more recently LNOE has been big in my sets, so I was super excited to actually get some music signed to it!

The EP just came about organically, I guess. I’d started to get into this vibe a long time ago, but I’d never made anything worth pursuing. However when I started making Terra, which was the first track I actually made as Martinet, it just flowed naturally. Something just clicked.

Over the next few months, you will also be performing under the Martinet alias, with shows at the likes of Together Music Festival pencilled in. How will these Martinet shows be different to a normal Huxley performance?

I think they’ll be more techno and melodic than how I play as Huxley. Admittedly I have been playing a bit more like this anyway, but now I have the new alias Huxley will go back to more groovy house and Martinet is where I’ll be able to flex my Techno muscle

Already mentioning the fact that you perform at huge festival stages, as well as basement venues. Do you have a preference in the venues which you perform at?

Not really. I get asked this a lot, but I don’t judge a party until I’m actually there. Even if I’ve played a club loads of times, it can be different all the time. It’s all about the vibe!

This likely means that you also have a different approach to the set that you play, with regards to track selection? How do you choose your tracks based on the venue?

I come stacked with tracks and see what fits the mood and crowd!

In an overall outline, what can fans expect to hear from both Huxley and Martinet over the next few months?

LOTS and lots of new music. A bunch of podcasts and loads of cool shit. Keep your eyes pealed.

For more information on Huxley and his Martinet alias:
https://www.facebook.com/huxleyofficial/
https://twitter.com/Huxley_Music
https://soundcloud.com/huxley_uk

https://www.facebook.com/MartinetOfficial/

Martinet.

Huxley has been an influential artist over the last few years, delivering some of the highest rated underground tunes on the scene. He has arrived on labels such as AUS, Relief Records, Moda Black and many others. Recently the talented artist has revealed a brand new alias, Martinet, with a new EP coming out on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth label. Now Huxley opens up about this alias, and what he aims to do with it, and Huxley as well. It looks like we are in store for a lot more new music.

You’ve been making a real name for himself over the last few years, performing at major festivals, as well as sweaty basement venues. Did you ever imagine the project to take off like it has?

I don’t think anyone writing music/DJ really thinks that it’s going to explode, or maybe that’s just me. Put it this way, had it ‘taken off’ or not, I’d probably still be doing the same thing. I’m just very, very lucky that I’ve had the success I’ve had.

Was this always the dream, to be a part of the underground dance music scene and perform in venues around the world?

Martinet.

Well, yeah. It’s always something you want. You know, the pipe dream thing? If you DJ or write music then, generally speaking, I think you want to be able to get it to the widest audience possible.

 

You have also worked with some high class labels releasing quality tunes. What is it like to work with such labels and seeing your own music released on these?

Again, I’ve been pretty lucky here. All of the labels i’ve worked with have been pretty organic relationships. The Hypercolour guys were mates of mine, I’d DJ’d with Ralph Lawson and really like him and with AUS i knew Will a bit through other mates. I’ve actually left AUS now (it’s all amicable, before anyone fancies a gossip) and the labels I’ll be working with for the rest of the year will no doubt be mates too.

The support of fans of your music must also be a huge lift, how does it feel to see tracks received so well by fans?

It’s hugely important but is a kinda weird dynamic. I want people to enjoy what I do but that said, if people don’t like things, I’m not going to go and do something else for the sake of it. You know what I mean?

Martinet.

However the last few months have seen you unleash a new alias, Martinet. How did the idea of an alias come around?

I write a lot of music. It’s rare that a day goes by without me sitting in the studio. I’d been working on pushing myself out of my comfort zone and I really wanted to do some moodier, synth based stuff but it was very different to what I do as Huxley, so an alias made sense.

This means though that you will be balancing the Huxley and Martinet names, does this mean double the work load?

Nah, or not in the sense you’d think anyway. I have got some ideas about some Martinet live stuff which could be exciting (and an increase in work load), though.

And if you happen to be entering the studio now, working on ideas, do you have a different approach now that you have two names to release under?

Yeah, it’s difficult to quantify though. It depends on my mood/mindframe when I go in there I guess.

Your most recent Martinet EP was released on Last Night On Earth, Sasha’s huge label, titled ‘Terra’. Tell us a little about how the EP came around and the inspiration behind it?

 

Martinet.

I’ve known Sasha for a while through touring, but this was the first time I’d made music that I thought would fit his vibe. I’ve been a fan of him for a long time and more recently LNOE has been big in my sets, so I was super excited to actually get some music signed to it!

The EP just came about organically, I guess. I’d started to get into this vibe a long time ago, but I’d never made anything worth pursuing. However when I started making Terra, which was the first track I actually made as Martinet, it just flowed naturally. Something just clicked.

Over the next few months, you will also be performing under the Martinet alias, with shows at the likes of Together Music Festival pencilled in. How will these Martinet shows be different to a normal Huxley performance?

I think they’ll be more techno and melodic than how I play as Huxley. Admittedly I have been playing a bit more like this anyway, but now I have the new alias Huxley will go back to more groovy house and Martinet is where I’ll be able to flex my Techno muscle

Already mentioning the fact that you perform at huge festival stages, as well as basement venues. Do you have a preference in the venues which you perform at?

Not really. I get asked this a lot, but I don’t judge a party until I’m actually there. Even if I’ve played a club loads of times, it can be different all the time. It’s all about the vibe!

Martinet.

This likely means that you also have a different approach to the set that you play, with regards to track selection? How do you choose your tracks based on the venue?

I come stacked with tracks and see what fits the mood and crowd!

In an overall outline, what can fans expect to hear from both Huxley and Martinet over the next few months?

LOTS and lots of new music. A bunch of podcasts and loads of cool shit. Keep your eyes pealed.

For more information on Huxley and his Martinet alias:
https://www.facebook.com/huxleyofficial/
https://twitter.com/Huxley_Music
https://soundcloud.com/huxley_uk

https://www.facebook.com/MartinetOfficial/

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