Photography by Jack W Powley

Martin Badder is a classically trained electronic dance music producer and DJ known for creating emotive dance music with deep narratives. He incorporates live keys and synths into his DJ sets, showcasing his skills as a pianist and keyboard player. He has received support from Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and others, and has collaborated with vocalists like Roland Clark and Robert Owens. Badder has performed at venues like Printworks and shared lineups with artists such as Gorgon City and Sasha.
His debut album, ‘Soul Escape,’ is set to further establish him as one of the UK’s most exciting producers. We caught up with Martin to find out about his debut single ‘dopamine’ from his upcoming album ‘soul escape’

Hi Martin, great to have you again here! Congratulations on your recent debut on your own Badder imprint! How does it feel to have your music on the label?
This is a big one for me, its my first release on my own label. It feels good to have full control now and also, ultimately full accountability. Its been a long time coming, but starting my own label has always been the plan from the beginning, and right now feels like the perfect time. have a built a strong team to help me with the label. Above Board as the distributor and Your Army to work with me on promo. Both companies were my top choices to work with, so I’m really pleased they’re on board and they get my vision.I wanna shout out Acerone, Bristol Graffiti artist for the Badder logo and also Bristol photographer, Jack W Powley for always coming up with the best photography concepts and art for my projects.

Can you describe the musical influences that shaped ‘Dopamine’?
I’m a fan of those hypnotic tracks, you know the ones with a vocal narrative that repeats throughout but never gets boring? Like a mantra… I heard ‘The Beat by Godford’ and that kinda spurred on a session, that I suppose formed the foundations of Dopamine. Overmono, Bicep and Burial are stylistic influences of mine so you might feel comfortable with my forthcoming music if you’re into these guys. More recently I’ve been listening to the likes of Lawrence Hart, Sensu and Japser Tygner, so there might also be some synergy there too.

What can we expect from your upcoming debut album ‘Soul Escape’?
‘Soul Escape’ encompasses the feelings and emotions I’ve been though over the last two years. There is a deep spiritual side to the album where I’ve tried to put some of the experiences I’ve had recently, into a musical context. The album is 100% me, there are no features or collaborations, making this the most true to myself music I have produced. I wanted to wrote a body of music you can lose yourself in whether on headphones or in a dark nightclub. I can’t wait to play these tracks out and start to make memories with them in different scenarios!

Thanks a lot for chatting today Martin! Lastly, To round off, is there anything else upcoming from yourself that you’d like to share with us?
Please look out for regular releases forthcoming on the label from myself and who knows, maybe some new artists too. I’ve already started collaborating with some totally rad vocalists for follow up singles to Soul Escape, so really hyped to finish these and get them out. Thank you Techno Mood!