Martin Landsky


Berlin based DJ and Producer Martin Landsky is deeply fascinated and forever-entwined with music.

Since his pre-teen years, the now globally respected and sought-after musician grew up tinkering with cassette tapes, breakdancing to Funk and Rap on the streets and absorbing music... later taking up Djing (a rare art at the time) and presenting his selections at school parties and youth clubs. His discovery of the blossoming Acid House and Techno sounds of the late 1980s brought him in connection with the legendary Front club in Hamburg where his calling made itself known.

The atmosphere of this club, where he soon gained a residency and met amongst others future Poker Flat boss Steve Bug, holds a very special place in Landsky‘s musical heart. Its what still drives him today, deep inside, and he spoke of the ‚amazing experience’ with animated honesty and passion.

As a DJ today, Martin feels his job is to convey the special emotions and feeling of such experiences. The dark,
sweaty and escapist atmosphere of the Front club, combined with growing huge appreciation for House and Techno, alongside Funk, Soul and Rap, fueled his desire to present his own take on all of this. So, hand in hand with Landsky the DJ, we find Landsky the Producer. In 1999 he took a trip down the road of life and moved to Berlin, where his story escalated.

A regular and respected DJ in many of the key clubs of the era, like E-Werk, Tresor / Globus or the Sternradio Club where he set up a regular Poker Flat Night alongside Steve Bug and Clé. By this time Landsky had already released impressive early work on self-run imprints like Effortil, and later Intim, which brought him notoriety further afield. It was in 2000 that the first Martin Landsky productions surfaced on Poker Flat, with the inimitable ‚Crude Clay‘, and then later seminal EPs like ‚Spy On Summer‘, and ‚Sweet Sweet Morning‘. His label Intim was also still active at the time, and classic Landsky moments like ‚Naked‘ were some of the last to be released on this platform.

In 2001 Landsky‘s debut longplayer ‚In Between‘ was released on Poker Flat, cementing his position on the scene as a producer and opening many new doors of opportunity. Infusing his sound with a rich, funk influenced vibe, and tight, high-end studio sheen the sound of Martin Landksy began to evolve even further. As a remixer, with hits like his treatment of DK7‘s ‚The Difference‘, Martin had also become no stranger to critical acclaim. A natural DJ by trade, Martin Landsky finds making hisown music challenging and rewarding. Always searching for new sounds; in turn allowing his audio make up to evolve and breathe, its clear to hear those early, heady inspirations nestled beneath the surface of his warm and future-leaning recordings. Much like one of his DJ sets, his own productions present what he loves about the music, trying to surprise and break conventions.

Global exploration and touring was quickly becoming common for Landsky, as a stream of well received singles flowed in the early 2000s. More EPs for Poker Flat, like 2002‘s cheeky ‚Mission Upskirt‘, the funked house of ‚Reject‘ (feat Filip.G) in 2003 or the classic ‚Housed‘ of 2004 all tied down the Landsky sound, fresh as day and clear as as sweet morning! After the rousing tones of ‚FM Safari‘ kept the flame alive in 2005, the unmistakable hit that is ‚1000 Miles‘, with its hazy, hypnotizing and slow burning epic feel, stood as a landmark work for the producer; a new benchmark in his repertoire.

In more recent years the Landsky powerhouse continued to grow. Not only gracing the much hailed DJ booths of modern mecca-clubs like Watergate or Fabric, but releasing singles such as the strong-grooving ‚Let Me Dance‘ (2007), the tough electronics of ‚Man High‘ (a hit in 2008), or the his recent EP ‚ We Are Streaking‘ (2009) - showing off his lovingly expressed studio indulgences. All were released on Poker Flat and explain why he is of course one of the central artists on the label.

2009 also proved to be a great year for Landsky the remixer, following 2008‘s huge re-working of D.H.S‘s ‚House Of God‘. His remix of Pan-Pot‘s ‚Confronted‘ on Mobilee Records set the standard once more, casually combining his love of deep, atmospheric techno with with classic, hands-the-air moments.

The future is of course bright for Martin Landsky, who has already acheived so much. 2010 sees the release of ‚Werkschau‘, an unmixed compilation that gathers together a hand picked selection of the producer‘s favourite cuts. The Music stands for all that he loves, and what he loves he puts on show! Summing up the Landsky sound, and looking back over the years one can‘t help but feel a deep underlying quality emanate from the music. Like subtle, mature flavours running through a well-prepared banquet


Tracks #1 0
Releases #1 8
Tracks in Top 10 1
Releases in Top 10 23
Tracks in Top 100 25
Releases in Top 100 93
Days in Top 100 Tracks 643
Days in Top 100 Releases 6665
These stats concerns the main Top 100 and the Top 100 for each genre. Data for tracks start on November 1st 2012, and data for releases start on January 1st 2014.