Martin Jensen Shares Back Stories on 'Solo Dance' and 'Wait': Interview
Numerous international and local DJs gathered at one of China's biggest annual EDM events, Electric Jungle Music Festival, and <a href="/music/Martin-Jensen">Martin Jensen</a> was no exception. Performing alongside international juggernauts, rising names and local talent, Jensen not only held his own onstage, but brought his unique flair to the event. Billboard Radio China talked to the rising star to find out more about his music and message to Chinese fans.
Many people have gotten to know the Danish DJ because of his hit single, "Solo Dance," but some are still not particularly familiar with his background. Born and bred in Denmark, the son of a machine trader and trained as a contractor and machine mechanic, the 26-year-old began his musical career at the tender age of 15.
"I played for small parties like school prom parties when I was 15," he explained. "When I turned 20, I started playing in larger club gigs, then I thought of releasing my own music when I was 23. When I was 25, I quit my day job and became a full-time musician."
The bold decision finally paid off: His latest ranking on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll is No. 70, a leap forward from last year's No. 82, and a big encouragement for the DJ who only became widely known in 2014.
When talking about his hit "Solo Dance," many fans have sought to know the identity of the featured female vocalist. "She actually was one of my friends' friend," he explained. "He found her on the street when she was a jazz singer. She has an incredible voice, and her live is really really good." But her identity was not publicized, since the singer wished to stay anonymous. To this day, the identity of this street-found singer remains unknown.
His new single, "Wait" featuring American pop duo Loote, is also a huge success, and Jensen enjoys the chemistry between their music. "It was pretty fun, they reached out to me and asked if I could make a remix for one of their songs. I didn't have time for that because I was producing my next single," he shared. "But I think Emma, the lead singer of Loote, has a really incredible voice. So I think maybe we should make a track together instead."
Electric Jungle Music Festival marked Jensen's first time in Shenzhen, but China was the country in which he spent the most time performing during his recent Asia tour. "I am really excited to play the whole Chinese tour," he said. "I just want to see the Chinese fans go nuts like the other times I have been here, so I can't wait to play for all of them."
Martin Jensen is definitely on the rise, and the future looks bright for the Dane as he drops new music and tours the world on an ever-growing name.
Listen to the full interview at <a href="http://www.billboardradiochina.com/bb2/09-January-2018-martin-jensen-Solo-Dance-10-questions" target="_blank">Billboard Radio China</a>.
Watch the interview highlights video here:
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