Martin Solveig: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation : DJ, Music producer
  • Real name : Martin Picandet
  • Sign : Capricorn
  • Date of birth : Thursday 01 January 1976 (age: 45)
  • Country : France

With original hits mixing funk, disco, and French variety, such as Hello, Ready 2 Go, and The Night Out, Martin Solveig has become, with Bob Sinclar and David Guetta, one of the most popular DJs of the moment, in France and abroad. Born on January 1, 1976 in Paris, Martin Solveig, whose real name is Martin Picandet (he takes his stage name from the name of the French actress Solveig Dommartin), began by studying music theory and singing and became the soprano soloist of the Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly. As a teenager, he became passionate about mixing and everything became a pretext to officiate behind the turntables: booms, weddings… Prince, Serge Gainsbourg, Fela Kutti, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson were among his idols.

At 16, electronic music attracts him and he decides to become a DJ. After a job as a salesman at the Champs Disques store, he gets his first DJ residency at the Parisian club Le Palace at 18. He quickly made a name for himself and the residencies followed one another. He officiates in turn at the Bains Douches, at L’Enfer (now the Redlight), at the Queen. At the same time, he chooses to diversify by becoming also a producer of electronic music. Noticed for his single Break Da EP, followed by his first success Heart of Africa, Bob Sinclar and DJ Gregory invite him to participate in the recording project Africanism, at the origin of the single Edony (Clap Your Hands), which opens the door to international recognition.

With his business school diploma in hand, he published his first album, Sur La Terre, in 2002, which was well received. His remix of Salif Keita’s song, Madan, sold more than 100,000 copies in France and made it into the charts in about 20 countries. In 2003, he published Suite, a compilation of his remixes made for other artists and remixed tracks from his first album. A year later, his single Rockin’ Music and its heady rhythm earned him airplay on English radio stations. In 2005, his third album, Hedonist, was released, and the title Rejection was broadcast on all the radio and TV music programs where the video was shown. It is followed closely (in 2006) by the album In The House and the best of So far. His clips featuring several stars of the French sport and scene (Alice Taglioni for I Want You, Miko, Cartman and the band Cauet for Rejection, for Hello) do not go unnoticed. From 2008, he presents on Radio FG a weekly program of 1 hour, it’s Life, and the rewards follow one another for the talented DJ. After being promoted to the rank of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture, Christine Albanel, in September 2008, he received a few months later, in February 2009, a Victoire de la Musique award in the category Electronic Music or Dance of the Year. A year later, his track Hello, for which he directed an amusing video clip on the center court of Roland Garros (he called on Novak Djokovic, Gaël Monfils and Bob Sinclar) was a huge success in France and across the Atlantic. Madonna’s manager contacted him and asked him to produce several tracks for her new album. In the end, he produced six tracks on MDNA, including the single Give Me All Your Luvin’, Turn Up the radio, I don’t give a, in duet with Nicki Minaj.

Very discreet about his private life, the DJ currently seems to flourish in couple.