Martinez Brothers: "We Hope EDM Gets More Popular and More Kids Get Into It"

Disc jockeys are the new rock stars. Hence, many a teen dreams of being a superstar DJ. Well, that dream happened to come true for brothers Chris and Steve Martinez from the Bronx, New York.

With a little mentoring from veteran house DJs like Dennis Ferrer and Jerome Sydenham, the boys cut their teeth at NYC's seminal club Shelter before they were even of legal age. This was back in 2006.

Fast-forward to 2012, and the Martinez Brothers are globetrotting DJs, playing the hottest spots from Los Angeles to Ibiza and boasting their first handful of original releases on labels like Real Tone and Dennis Ferrer's Objektivity.

Ahead of their headlining gig at Space on Saturday, Crossfade caught up with the Martinez boys to talk about the DJing game, commercial vs. underground house, and their new label.

Crossfade: How did you guys first get into electronic dance music? 
Martinez Brothers: Our father, funnily enough. He's the one that actually introduced us to a lot of different types of music: salsa, jazz, disco, and obviously house.

When did you first get behind the decks?
We got into DJing when were around 17 and 14, and it wasn't until our first gigs that we realized that we wanted to do it for real. If it hadn't been for DJing, we would definitely be still involved in music in one way another -- maybe not house music, probably more Latin stuff, and hip-hop maybe, but definitely producing and performing in one way or another.

What was it like getting gigs at clubs before you were old enough to even get admitted and party there?
We got a pretty crazy understanding for the scene and music from early on, so I think it kind of gave us a head start in a way. But we're still growing and have a lot more to grow -- the growing process never stops.

What's it like for two brothers being creative and professional partners? Do you guys have a cordial relationship for the most part, or is there any sibling rivalry and head-butting going on?
We both do everything. Sometimes we're laid-back, sometimes we're getting crazy. DJing is all about mood, which is what makes it special in our opinion. There is no rivalry -- we're brothers, so it takes a little weight off. We know each other like the backs of our hands.

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