Q+A: Five minutes with Marten Hørger
Marten Hørger has been making waves in the music scene with his unique take on bass house, a take that’s seen the producer garner immense acclaim from releases on the likes of Musical Freedom, Confession, and Breakbeat Kaos. He’s collaborated with renowned artists including David Guetta, Tchami, and DJ Fresch, solidifying his position among the industry’s elite. His accomplishments speak volumes. Ranked #39 in the 1001 Top Producers ranking, Marten launched the wildly successful WE’RE BACK international tour, which sold out shows across Europe and North America. Marten’s unparalleled talent has also taken him to illustrious venues worldwide, from Ushuaia Ibiza to the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, while gracing the stages of prominent festivals like Glastonbury, Burning Man, Shambhala, and Fusion. His latest single, Sent From Above, is a testament to Marten’s signature high-energy house music. Collaborating with Danish producer duo LittGloss and Danish singer/songwriter Loud Tiger, Marten delivers an enchanting house gem that combines powerful piano melodies and soulful vocals, exuding both emotion and upbeat vibes. It follows the success of his viral club hit, The Freaks, with David Guetta, which the duo recently performed together at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. With a packed touring schedule, including a forthcoming solo tour and a highly anticipated appearance at Tomorrowland 2023, Marten Hørger is poised for an extraordinary year. We caught up with this trailblazing artist as he continues to push boundaries and captivate audiences with his unparalleled talent.
Set the tone for us. Why music?
If everything goes to plan, music is a win-win win situation. I am happy making it, people are happy listening to it. It doesn’t harm anyone (in some cases it even makes the world a better place). So it seemed like a pretty good life choice.
Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea?
Always the idea, because if you start with the sound, the song becomes just that rather than a meaningful piece of music.
What is your favourite track that you have ever made, and why?
The Calling with Tchami because it gets the emotions just right. I also really enjoyed making The Freaks with David Guetta because, well, David Guetta.
Take us through a day in the recording studio.
I am German, so I got this thing for efficiency. That means I usually get up at around 6 AM by the latest. No phone, no internet, no interaction with the outside world, just me, my music, and my coffee. I do that until noon, then I switch everything else on and finish up the day.
Tell us about your experience of performing live. Do you enjoy it?
I love making people happy, so performing life is great for me. I also really enjoy the contrast of making something all alone by yourself in a little room and then playing it to thousands of people and seeing what it does to the crowd.
Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”?
Yes, nobody has ever asked me this before. I actually think about that moment quite a lot! It goes like this: I’m 15 years old. I’m in my parents basement, and I have just learned to mix two records together… I know it’s quite cheesy to say that, but I thought to myself I want to become the best producer in the world now!
Any emerging artists on your radar?
There are so many that I love for so many different reasons. Roosterjaxx just made a killer remix of The Calling. Then there is my brother Brandon, he’s not necessarily emerging, but I feel like he should be on the radar of so many more people! In fact, I feel like there are so many German house acts that everybody should check out: keno, mbp, Ole sturm, empra.
Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you this year?
This year is going to be all about experimenting, trying new things and also playing the biggest and best stages at the biggest and best festivals I have ever done.
Famous last words?
I love you all!
Listen to Sent From Above below.
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