Sound System had a fantastic launch month, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down with names like Jaymo & Andy George on the horizon. This week they’ve got Martin Ikin (who you might know better as Soul Purpose). Support comes from residents George Francis & Jakuzé.
DJing since 1990 and producing music since 1991, Martin Ikin previously known as DJ Mayhem, Indigo, Soul Purpose, Migrant … and loads more, has spent his life releasing records on many labels and under many aliases. Some of those labels include: Defected, Nervous, Get Physical, Exploited, Zrecords, 3Beat, MOS, SwingCity, Hed Kandi, Soulfuric, Sony, Island, Atlantic … etc.
Trained studio engineer and jazz pianist Martin stepped away from producing and engineering for others and launched his own label Soul Purpose Records in 2003, as a stable for his own productions. 2005 saw Martin adopted his label name “Soul Purpose” as his DJ and production moniker, dropping the old school “Mayhem” tag from the early 1990s.
Now DJing and producing using his real name for the first time ever, Martin kicked off with a monster release on Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings. As a musician and producer Martin draws his musical influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Azymuth, Donny Hathaway, Jeff Lorber, Roy Ayers and legendary house masters like Mr Fingers, Marshall Jefferson, Derek May & Kevin Saunderson.