Martin Solveig

Martin Solveig

Born Martin Picandet, Martin Solveig is an electronic DJ and producer from Paris, France. He became a household name after the release of the song “Hello,” the single has sold over two million copies worldwide while achieving platinum status in the U.S., Italy, Germany, and Austria, as well as going twice platinum in Canada and Australia.

Martin Solveig grew up singing in his church choir and studying classical music. By the time he was just thirteen, he acquired his first pair of turntables that would influence a career in electronic music rather than classical music.

He began at Paris’ club Le Palace when he was just eighteen with the support of Claude Monnet. After Le Palace, Solveig moved on to Les Bains Douches where he worked alongside several influential DJs, including Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez, and Bob Sinclar.

In 2001, Solveig participated in Bob Sinclar’s project Africanism, contributing to the album’s track “Edony”—the single was a hit.

After graduating from college, Solveig released the full-length album Sur la Terre in 2002 on his own label, Mixture. The album was inspired by African rhythms and was made using both live and electronic instrumentation. The release of Sur La Terre led to Solveig working with Salif Keita and remixing  the club anthem”Madan.”

In 2004, Solveig moved toward an American funk and rock sound with the single “Rocking Music” sung by Jay Sebag. The single was followed by the release of another full-length album, 2005′s Hedonist. Martin Solveig released his third album, C’est La Vie, in 2008—his biggest album yet, selling in excess of 300,000 copies.

Martin Solveig was presented with two prestigious French awards in 2009: the Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettres’ for this contribution to the arts and the Artiste de Musiques Electroniques de l’Annee’ award at the French Victoires de la Musique.

In 2010, Martin Solveig launched the YouTube series Smash, he later released an album of the same title in 2011. That same year, Solveig worked with Madonna on her new album M.D.N.A—he produced the lead single, “Give Me All Your Luvin,” among six other cuts. Martin Solveig made his debut performance at Coachella in 2012.

The pseudonym Solveig is believed to be a homage to the French actress Solveig Dommartin.




News about Martin Solveig

  1. 10 past performers to get you hyped for Bud Light's Sensation

    With a reputation for killer production value and a huge soundtrack provided by world-class DJs (right as they're on the tipping point of mainstream success, so you can brag that you saw them here first), Sensation has become one of Europe's biggest parties, regularly bringing crowds of 35,000+ to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Ibiza, Dusseldorf, and other world class cities. Anticipation is mounting for June 1st when Bud Light will bring Sensation to Canadian soil for the very first time at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Even though the lineup is secondary to the sheer massiveness of this party, the yet-to-be-revealed top secret list of performers will surely help make Bud Light's Sensation the most insane party of 2013. (Act fast if you want to lock down tickets before the final lineup announcement, deluxe passes are already sold out!). To get you hyped, here's a list of 10 past performers who've made it their mission to make tens of thousands of party-goers dressed in all-white dance their faces off. 1. Tiësto (Amsterdam, 2006) Dutch progressive house ambassador Tiësto played Sensation in 2006 and went on to become one of the most popular DJs of all time, and you'll know why when you see a crowd of thousands bobbing up and down to one of his signature explosive build-ups. Tiësto keeps the energy level so high during his sets, you'll feel like you ran a marathon when he's done with you. 2. Armin van Buuren (Amsterdam, 2002) Armin van Burren is the Beyoncé of DJing. That is to say, he's widely considered to be the best at what he does. Armin has topped DJ Magazine's fan-selected year-end list of the top DJs in the world a record number of five times, and he's a legend in the EDM world, known for performing marathon sets of his spine-tingling take on progressive trance. 3. Swedish House Mafia (Amsterdamn, 2010) This now-defunct mafia was never interested in breaking your legs to settle pesky gambling debts, they were in the business of making those legs DANCE. Progressive house trio Swedish House Mafia played their final set at Ultra Music Festival in March of this year, but they graced the Sensation stage as a group and individually several times during their rise to the height of mainstream popularity. Just another example of the countless performers that have used Sensation as a career launchpad. 4. ATB (Poland, 2006) André Tanneberger is a German DJ and producer who performs under the name ATB, specializing in vocal-based trance. Over a nearly 20 year career, ATB has released eight studio albums, and stepped out out on countless globe-spanning tours, solidifying himself as one of the world's most elite trance DJs. 5. David Guetta (Prague, 2007) French house DJ and producer David Guetta is one of EDM's mainstream crossover success stories, spawning four top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the past four years alone. David Guetta's production style has been hugely influential in the pop music world, with his crisp, tight, four-on-the-floor style approach to house music permeating the charts with every mainstream vocal collaboration. 6. Felix Da Housecat (Amsterdam, 2008) Before you start to feel like EDM is dominated by European DJs, let's take a second to shine some light on Felix da Housecat. This Chicago-based house/electroclash DJ gained some widespread notoriety via collaborations and remixes with Diddy, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Kylie Minogue, but to fans of house music, Felix's genre-bending mixes need no introduction. 7. Laidback Luke (Amsterdam, 2005) Filipino-born, Netherlands-raised DJ Laidback Luke started out as a graffiti artist before turning to music, and his hybrid approach to house music gives any crowd unlimited energy. His name might contain "laidback," but you'll be the polar opposite of that if you're witnessing one of his hyper-driven house sets. 8. Paul van Dyk (Amsterdam, 2004) German-born producer Paul van Dyk is widely considered to be one of the top trance DJs in the world, and his transcendent club sets and remixes have defined him as one of the most influential DJs of all time. 9. Dada Life (Belgium, 2012) Dada Life have an over the top sense of humour that separates them from your average EDM act. With song titles like "Never Bring Your Brain To A Rave" and "The Great Fashonista Swindle," it's easy to see that this Swedish electro-house duo are as funny as their drops are ferocious. 10. Martin Solveig (Belgium, 2011) French electro-house DJ Martin Solveig has enjoyed mainstream success collaborating with Dragonette and Madonna, and his infectious and bouncy production work has captivated fans of pop music and EDM alike. Over the next few months, AUX is partnering with Bud Light as they revolutionize what it means to party in Canada. We'll be breaking down the elements of any successful party into an exact science, culminating in the most mathematically perfect party of the year, Bud Light Presents Sensation (seriously, the Partyodic Table doesn't lie) at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on June 1. The eight-hour experience will see an estimated 30,000 fans Light It Up in ways they’ve never done before. Tickets are available now! You must be 19 years or older to attend. 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  2. The 30 Richest DJs In The World

    Let me just drop a mega-cliché on you, real quick: DJs are the new rockstars. As hackneyed as that statement is, I think we all saw it coming when turntables (reportedly) started outselling guitars for the first time ten-or-so years ago. With artists like Martin Solveig, Skrillex, Afrojack, Avicci, and deadMAU5 all topping the charts, you're much more likely to hear a chopped up sample of a guitar instead of a crunchy power chord when you turn on the radio these days. Celebrity Networth has put together a list of the 30 wealthiest active DJs, and you just might be surprised at the kind of cheddar these guys and gals rake in.
  3. Watch fun., Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa, and the Black Keys perform at the MTV Movie Awards

    Every gratuitous, drawn-out, Hollywood head-patting awards show needs a musical soundtrack, and last night that duty was bestowed upon house DJ Martin Solveig, fun. (assisted by Janelle Monae), Wiz Khalifa, and the Black Keys. Also, Johnny Depp was there. Wait, what?!
  4. Listen to Martin Solveig's "The Night Out"

    This is a good start to a Friday. French DJ Martin Solveig was on our Top 5 Dance Releases list last month with the track "Ready 2 Go" (featuring Bloc Party's Kele) and has just released a new single called "The Night Out" from his upcoming album SMASH, due out June 17th. Solveig also recently put out another collaborative song with Toronto's Dragonette called "Hello", and like that one, it has an infectious uptempo dance beat as well as some very Phoenix-like vocals (not necessarily a bad thing). Listen to it below.  
  5. Top 5 Dance Releases: May Edition

    Each month, tons of new music from many taste-spanning genres is released into a fast-consuming, unforgiving audience; it can be tough to get a handle on what’s new before it’s on to the next. In an attempt to highlight the standout releases, at the end of each month, AUX staff re-cap the month in Punk, Metal, Indie/Pop/Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, and Electronica/Dance with the top five releases in each. Consider it your cheat sheet for year-end lists. Top 5 Dance Tracks: May Edition   Martin Solveig - "Ready 2 Go" feat. Kele Bloc Party's Kele Okereke put out his debut solo album The Boxer last year, and on it he showcased his love for some trance-inspired tunes. But you really haven't heard Kele enter the dance realm until you've listened to his collaboration with Martin Solveig on "Ready 2 Go." If the original isn't enough, this release also comes with a remix by Electro-House DJ Hardwell. Green & Falkner - "Ceylan (Antillas & Dankann Mix)" Following the release of "Rush" via Starlight Records, the project known as Green & Falkner (comprised of Josh Green and Elef Tsiroudis) has come out with "Ceylan", along with a remix from Italy's Antillas & Dankann. The original takes some time to get to get moving, but its large climax is worth it. Meanwhile the remix is just an effing madman from start to finish. Deadmau5 - "Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Extended Remix)" French producer Madeon has stepped into the limelight at the tender age of 16 with his remix of Deadmau5' "Raise Your Weapon." The original, piano-tinged track was released on the Canadian DJ's fifth studio album 4x4=12 from last year (featuring UK singer Greta Svabo Bech). In addition to Madeon's incredible mix, the release includes some dub step remixes from Stimming and Noisia. 3rd Planet - "Freedom" Progressive trance at it's best, "Freedom" by Ukrainian/Russian duo 3rd Planet comes with an original edit and original mix version that both are equally suited for the dance music fan intent on possibly seeing into the future or at least having something to run really fast to. If Dutch DJ/Producer Ferry Corsten flaunts it on his website, you know it's worth at least a listen or two. Daniel Szabo - "Budapest/At The Break Of Day" It makes sense for a list of dance tracks to finish with something on the softer side, in an attempt to evoke some feeling of emotion or nostalgia for the last half hour or so of music that was pumped into your brain. Progressive trance DJ Szabó Péter Dániel's, aka Daniel Szabo's, latest record contains the tracks "Budapest" and "At The Break Of Day". The latter does just that as it smoothly builds to something not so much intense or epic, but treads coolly on the zen line to make it a great end to the night or uplifting start to your day. Surprises, disappointments and albums to watch for next month Surprise of the month: It's not necessarily a surprise to hear of Canadian DJ Deadmau5 putting out something that's good, but along with the original "Raise Your Weapon,"  the remixes offer even more solid fist-pumping tunes. The fact that remixer Madeon is only 16 is also incredibly awesome.   Disappointments: Moby released his 10th studio album Destroyed this past month and while there are a number of good songs, it failed to deliver on some of the more upbeat numbers that made albums like Play so memorable. It's a solid record (the slow-downed/ambient/epic tracks are still there), but it might be the last time the DJ will ever be considered part of the 'dance' genre. Out in June: We hope Wolfgang Gartner will finally release his as-yet-untitled debut LP and Kanye West will put out the "Lost In The World" remix he was working on with Tiesto. We're mostly excited for releases by people we've never heard of. That's the beauty of dance music.