Martsman first landed onto the musical planet back in 2005, and has since then has provided the world with tracks on Counter Intelligence, Warm Communications and Alphacut Recordings, and more. He is now undertaking a new venture, releasing a series of EPs on his Bandcamp page. The series, Black Plastics, will showcase some unreleased material, with part one coming out on 13th August. We found out more from Martsman on the evolution of Black Plastics.
What were the ideas behind releasing the Black Plastics EPs?
The main idea behind it was to complete something that can be considered a coherent body of Martsman music. When listening to the stuff I've been able to put out on labels in the last seven years, there are noticeable gaps style wise. I didn't realize that at first because obviously I always knew what "else" there was. Black Plastics is a collection of tracks aiming at bridging these gaps and hopefully completing some sort of a bigger picture.
You’ve had a very varied output over the years – in different genres/styles and on various labels – why has this happened? What’s been your ethos behind this?
This is exactly what the Black Plastics series might be able to "explain". I think I've never actively followed a distinct direction when writing music, it was (and is) more of a constantly developing chain of thoughts and ideas. However, when only single events of this development surface (aka tracks being released), you'd obviously get the impression that there has been a lot of differences, variation of styles etc. And since you as an artist usually don't fully decide on what is allowed to surface when working with labels, Black Plastics is an experiment to put all this variation into perspective.
How does this release fit in with your wider catalogue?
I guess that's mostly explained above. I think it's important to emphasize, that Black Plastics is not to be seen as an album of some kind, but rather as a collection of all the ideas between-the-lines, if that makes sense. Albums generally represent a certain state of mind at a particular time, a temporal stage of maxed concentration and dedication. Figuratively speaking: Black Plastics is a collection of footnotes that can help understanding a somewhat unclear text.
Is there one track which sticks out for you on Pt 1? Why?
On a personal level, this would be "Reclaim Your Resonance". It attracted Goldie's attention and I got the infamous phone call one evening. I was so excited I was hardly able to talk. The release on 'Headz never happened though and I can only guess why.
This EP is the first in a series – what’s coming up on the others?
Well, it's all material that was never released and hardly got around. So there might be the one or the other surprise.
And where are the EPs going to be available from?
Everything will be available from my Bandcamp page (http://martsman.bandcamp.com) exclusively. I thought about various ways of publishing it and this seemed to be the most convenient way.
Black Plastics will be released on a monthly basis until October. I'm currently making up my mind on a fourth installment depending on feedback for the first three EPs.
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