Rejoice, Quarantiners! Justin Martin Has Made You a Nature-Based Playlist

Justin Martin
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Justin Martin

One of the hardest parts of quarantine is being cut off from nature, with most city dwellers unable to take to the hills for the therapeutic embrace of the wilderness.

Justin Martin is here to help. The beloved Bay Area-based producer and dirtybird mainstay has been busy crafting not just his music, but corresponding videos, which Martin makes in the depths of nature with his drone. These new releases are all coming out via his label What to Do, which launched in January. The latest release is "Stay," featuring Canadian vocalist Dalilah -- a deep and bouncy cut that was a major track ID request in Martin's pre-quarantine sets.

Here, in his own words, Martin takes us over the mountains, across the sea and beyond with his five favorite cinematic dance music tracks that pair epically with the natural world.

Justin Martin, "Stay"

"Stay" is the sophomore single on my new label, What To Do. One of the many goals when launching this label was to use it as a platform to express myself creatively in every way possible. I am a huge drone enthusiast, and I shot this with my DJI Mavic Air all in one take up in the Oakland Hills by my house. Released in the springtime, I wanted a visual element to the song that was both simple yet vibrant, and that complemented the green and lavender palette of the release's album art.

Four Tet, "Baby"

I’m a huge Four Tet fan, and as far as drone music videos go, it will be hard to top this one for quite some time. Buckle up and enjoy the ride! I love the cheeky ending as well.

Bjork, "Joga"

Long before drones were a thing, I first saw this Bjork video on MTV around 1997 when it came out. I was in love with the entire album Homogenic, and "Joga" was my favorite track off of it. The video for this song was so futuristic for 1997, especially that opening shot. Bjork has always been way ahead of her time and a massive source of inspiration for me.

Bicep, "Glue"

Both the song and the video are brimming with emotion and nostalgia. Both are so simple yet stunning at the same time -- not an easy feat to achieve. Absolutely outstanding work!

Justin Martin, "Needs"

Released in January, "Needs" was the debut single on What To Do. I shot this footage during a snowstorm up in the Canadian Rockies. I was uneasy about leaving my drone up in the air for too long so the footage was limited, and I had to figure out a creative ways to stretch a one minute clip into a 4 :30 minute music video. But I loved the color palette, so I made it work. As with the "Stay" music video, the goal was to present something visually pleasing and hypnotizing, allowing your mind to drift away with the tune.


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