BLACK ICE

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I honestly believe he is one of the best producers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and would recommend him to anyone looking for a great producer.

He is truly very talented!
 

 

Producer, Songwriter and Remixer Martin West started producing dance music at the tender age of 16. Inspired by legendary producers such as Marshall Jefferson, Masters at Work and Frankie Knuckles, Martin honed some of his skills on a Fostex 4 track recorder.

By 1993 was heavily involved in the creation of 'Jungle' and worked alongside DJ's from world renowned pirate radio stations in Kool FM and Weekend Rush, releasing the now critically acclaimed 'Dreamscape E.P under the name 'Criminal Set' on 'One Nation Records'. 

Dreamscape is now credited as one of the pieces of musical genius that spawned the genre now known as 'Drum and Bass'.

Also around the same time, West joined the band 'Hear Lies a Crime' formally 'Paperfish' as bass player. Here he met guitarist Jim McNeilly, a relationship that would flourish and form the nucleus of the alternative dance based act Hydraponik.

Hydraponik went on to work with and for legendary industry guru's Robert Lemon and Ron McCreight of Sharp End Promotions (Simon Cowell, PWL, Prince, Westlife, Boyzone, Burt Bacharach etc..) and were set to release their version of 'Tainted Love' on their record label with frontman Danny Burton from the band Face which included Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey and future Robbie Williams guitarist Gary Nuttall.

Around the late nineties West held weekly residencies in Kensington and Chelsea clubs like Barbarella, The Ink Bar and notably Come the Revolution on the Kings Road where he worked the decks for the likes of superstar DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold and many celebrities such as Kylie Minogue.

Under the name Hydraponik, and alongside Jim McNeilly, Martin started working alongside veteran Kiss 100FM DJ Chris Philips who now presents the Jazz FM morning show, the two have remained close friends to this day . 

The three of them formed Aestheticz and remixed tracks for the likes of Liberty, a soul/funk group led by Kevin Sutherland (Lemar's musical director and member of Rose Royce).

It was at this time that they spotted a young 15 year old singer called Kelly Erez and developed and wrote an album with her that gave her the foundation to become a very established artist in her own right today.

In 2004, Martin and Jim were offered a management deal with Blues and Soul features editor and tour co-ordinator Dave Norton. Under his guidance, they changed their name to 'Konkrete Productions' and begun their most prolific writing, producing and remixing spree to date comprising of over 300 tracks in three years.

 


 

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