Carlos Martin first learnt to play the Flamenco Guitar at the age of 5, taught by his father the top international Flamenco Guitarist, Juan Martin. With Juan performing at such prestigious venues as The Royal Albert Hall and playing at events like The Montreaux Jazz Festival alongside Miles Davis & Herbie Hancock as well as his playing being praised by the likes of Brian May to Jeff Beck, Carlos was soon to start following in his father’s footsteps. After a solo performance from Carlos in the Great Hall Of Dartington at the age of 10, the music critic of “The Independent” newspaper Michael Church, was quick to say “Its been passed on, Carlos has really got it”.
Carlos then turned his attention towards Electronica, taking it upon himself to capture the essence of Flamenco within an Electronic House groove, forming a new style that he calls Flamencotek.Carlos’s first release “Rosario” was a collaboration with his father Juan. The record received immediate support from the globe trotting DJ elite, including; Roger Sanchez, Dubfire, Chris Lake & Nic Fancuilli.
Meanwhile the fusion style record was embraced on the airwaves, opening up The Ministry of Sound Clubbers Guide Radio Show, which was syndicated to be played on radio stations across the world. To add to this Rosario was regularly played on the Galaxy Network by Adele Roberts and featured on BBC London’s late show, not to mention all of the attention from pirate London radio stations such as Point Blank, House FM & Unknown FM. Add to this several reviews online and in print for newspapers such as El Iberico and websites like Entertainment Focus, as well as industry support from Duncan Dick (Mixmag) & Helene Stokes (DJ Mag), and it soon becomes clear that the forceful momentum on Carlotek’s first record is a sign of things to come from him. After all, it is a genuine rarity for a dance music artist to gain such profile on their first release.
Carlos has been busy on the live side as well, playing live sets of impromptu Flamencotek, with Juan and Carlos on Flamenco Guitars at the likes of 2020 Vision spawned, Cockstock Festival in September 2010. Add a variety of storming DJ sets at renown London venues such as Public Life & 93 Feet East, and we can be sure to say that the crucial live ingredient is tasting better than ever!
Over on the industry side, Carlos has been working at prolific Music production college Point Blank. Spearheading their publishing arm, Carlos has been busy signing up exciting new dance music artists to their library, many of which have already been placed on prolific advertising campaigns. Suffice as to say Carlos has an ear honed towards scouting for new talent.
Carlos is now gearing up for his second release as Carlotek, with radio stations and journalists alike asking to hear more from him - this is one Spanish space to watch!