Five years later, Justin Martin’s Don’t Go is still a flawless showcase of his talent for producing memorable melodies.
It’s Coachella week here at EDM Identity, and in honor of his appearance this weekend, I’m thrilled to showcase a track by one of my absolute favorite artists: Justin Martin. If you aren’t yet familiar with Justin Martin, now is a perfect time to remedy that. His unique approach to house music is often pensive, sometimes emotional, and always a lot of fun. Don’t Go is a perfect example of that signature sound, fusing a gorgeous harp riff over an introspective organ, blending perfectly with the celestial vocal and persistent bassline. Released in 2012, it’s a great trip down memory lane for fans of the Dirtybird label that he co-founded with label boss Claude VonStroke. As if that weren’t enough, in 2014, Martin released a VIP edit of this beautiful track that is, in my opinion, even better than the original. Check out both versions of this stunner below.
If you’ve never had an opportunity to catch Justin Martin live, I can’t speak highly enough of his live sets. Whether you’re seeing him play one of his energetic house sets at a club or staying up all night to catch one of his late-night drum and bass sets with his brother Christian, he’ll wow you with how dynamically he switches from crowd-thrilling bangers to some of his more contemplative fare and then back again. With appearances this summer at Mamby on the Beach in Chicago, Elements Music & Arts Festival in New York, and the signature Dirtybird BBQ and Campout events, there should be plenty of opportunities to catch Dirtybird’s original pizza-loving wildcard in action.