Here’s a fun mantra for you: ‘Martijn Ten Velden, Armand Van Helden, Armin Van Buuren, Eddie Van Halen’. It doesn’t mean anything, but it’s irrevocably stuck in our heads and – we hope – stuck in yours too.
Anyway, we digress. Martijn Ten Velden grew up in Haarlem, Holland, where he helped to form hip-hop DJ troupe Da Mad Scientists, before eventually discovering the joys of house music. After dabbling with funky crossover tunes as part of fabulously titled band Saxual Harassment, he got stuck into house music proper, forming Audio Drive with fellow DJ David James and remixing for folks including Kylie, Tom Novy and Sugababes.
Since then, his career has continued to develop – he was the first Dutch DJ to appear at Space in Ibiza, and has played alongside Tiësto, Sven Väth, Sister Bliss and Danny Rampling. He also worked with Mark Knight on the Our House EP and 2003’s ‘Acid Test’ track, which received huge support from Pete Tong, Seb Fontaine, Steve Lawler and X-Press 2.
Which is all well and good, but what does it mean for you? Well, if you’ve got an interest in minimal, tech and progressive house, it means you can look forward to some solid entertainment this weekend as Martijn touches down at Sanctuary to do his thing.
Martijn Ten Velden plays Nova at Sanctuary, January 29.