The next time you hear someone say that EDM has been soiled by the desire to turn everything into a Skrillex track, remind them that guys like Justin Martin still exist. Delivering a dose of down tempo, funk and drum-and-bass, he and his label Dirtybird Recordings maintain a stalwart West Coast sound denoted by laid back bass wobbles and the inspiration of early EDM pioneers like Goldie and LTJ Bukem. The last time we talked to Martin, on the heels of his 2012 release Ghettos and Gardens, the San Francisco DJ aptly described his music as "booty-shakin, speaker-rattling, panty-droppin, bass-heavy fun."
Luckily, we get to test that description once again–this time in grimy, good-time fashion at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana when he, his brother Christian Martin and the house DJs of OC's Club Focus take over the dance floor for the entire night as part of the Yost's Havoc Thursdays. Yeah, we know you want free tickets to this party–that's a given. And sure, we've got those for you after the jump. But for this week's giveaway, Dirtybird is also offering you a little something extra…
In addition to entering for a free pair of tickets to the show, we're combining that with a meet- -and-greet with Martin before his set as well as a 30-day membership to the Bird House, a special, membership-only service through Drip.FM that allows subscribers access to new releases, special versions, dubs, edits, live mixes, production tips and unreleased gems from the entire Dirtybird family including Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Eats Everything, Catz 'n Dogz, J Phlip and many more.
We have ONE of these giveaway packages to give away to a very lucky Heard Mentality reader. All you have to do to win the pair of tickets, the meet-and-greet and the Bird House membership is leave us a message on Heard Mentality's Twitter (@ocweeklymusic) and/or Facebook with your name, email address and your favorite Justin Martin track. Winners notified tomorrow morning. Your name and tickets will be held at will call.