Martin began playing and recording with the electro-jazz quartet THWACK back in the late 80s. The group consisted of Martin on electronic drums and keyboards, Daniel Panasenko on guitars and MIDI-guitars, Chuck Ehlis on fretless bass and Arthur Chivis on alto and tenor saxophones. The group explored complex rhythm and melody based compositions and played around Sacramento and San Francisco clubs. After a painful bout of tendonitis , Martin was forced to give up the traditional drum kit and ventured into songwriting and electronic percussion and keyboard programming , he also started developing his vocal techniques .
He was first published on the Music Independantâs compilation Vol. 2 in 1991 with a track titled Îcomplacency devours usâ, an industrial jazz track that also garnered the attention of Ladd- Frith Records and he soon hooked up with Aaron Kinney at PAS-Key Productions to record the trackâBlack Landâ which featured Cake's Vince Difiore on trumpet and was released on the labelâs Î4 by 4â compilation CD in late Î91.
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