Martin Jensen was something of a late bloomer, but since breaking through in 2014 he’s not been out of the Top 100 DJs list. The 28-year-old formerly trained as a contractor and machine mechanic and worked for his father, but is now more at home serving up his tropical house sounds to thousands of baying fans in Hollywood, China, Bali, London and everywhere in between.
The cheery Dane also climbed high in the UK charts this year with a big tune with X-Factor winner James Arthur. ‘Nobody’ is a summery dance-pop anthem with lush production and just one of four new tunes this year: ‘Louder’, ‘Rubber Bands’ with Timmy Trumpet, and ‘I Could Get Used To This’ with Malte Ebert also won him plenty of new fans and continued the subtle evolution of his feel-good style.
Next to all this, he’s also launched his own range of clothing on his website, saying: “From day one it was a dream of mine to create a collection that I would personally want to wear and feel comfortable in.”
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“Yes, of course! I make sure that each show is registered properly and go through it every half year with my team.”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Everyone needs to be more vocal and open up about their struggles and worries — then we can support one another better. It’s not all perfect Instagram pictures and the perfect life we need to portray.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“I’m planning on it in the future. I’m preparing a big project through which I’ll finally be able to make my own line-ups, and will definitely support wherever I can.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I try where I can to choose electric cars when on the road, and recently I’ve switched to using trains to get around China rather than fly. I’m passionate about cleaning the ocean, and in the near future hope to create an exciting project to address that issue.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“I was more of an outdoor kid and spent a lot of time on a quad bike!”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Frozen, my daughter and I love that movie!”