On this special 100th Discover post, we present Markem! Marco Martinez aka Markem, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but grew up in Miami, Florida. At a young age, he was listening to all kinds of music, from Salsa to Rock and Roll. It inspired him to dig deeper and find more music, both similar and different. In 2001, Daft Punk put out their second studio album Discovery. That’s when it all changed for Markem.
“I’m sure a lot of electronic producers my age might say the same but it was something so different for me in the moment. I started DJing when I was 17 years old which lead to music production. It’s magic what you can do nowadays, making your own beats and creating new melodies and sounds with only a machine”.
The music he produces now is rooted in House music. Though he dabbles a lot in Progressive House, and some Techno, he always finds his style remains firmly in the House genre.
Over the past 9 years, Markem has been producing music, and mixing at various clubs throughout Miami, and some huge festivals in South America such as Storyland in Cartagena and Musiq Dans L’Air in Caracas. He’s also been fortunate to have played around Europe, in big dance countries like Spain, Sweden and of course, Holland.
Unlike many DJs who have benefitted from rapid success in the industry, Markem has been doing this for a long time. Having DJed for over 10 years as a resident in some major night clubs, Markem knows how to do it all. Experience in both the studio and behind the decks are essential to his craft.
Markem is also the co-founder of HOTL Records, alongside his big brother David Tort. Their label seeks to bring quality music without any boundaries. With their recent success within the label, they’re determined to bring their sound and style across the world.
Markem is easily one of the busiest DJ’s we’ve had on Discover. With so much going on, it’s not hard to see the dedication he has to his work. He’s begun a new project he’s called “The House Of M” where he showcases his style and the style of his label in nightclubs around the world. His next show will be at Heart in Miami!