Martyn Hare has been around longer that yo mamma's been born, ladies and gentlemen. Martyn Hare makes techno that is so techno, you could cut his records and see the whole of Detroit City escaping out of the middle of them. Martyn Hare sounds a bit like Martyn. He looks a bit like Martyn. Martyn Hare is NOT Martyn. He's Martyn Hare.

I caught up with Martyn Hare in the lobby of WRDMHQ over a nice cup of tea that I'd aggressively ordered my personal assistant to make for us. Strong and black, with a drop of milk, no sugar, like my men, I joked. Martyn smiled nervously, but impressively held my gaze. I like that in a techno DJ and producer, I thought.

This is the transcript of that very conversation, recorded by my idiot personal assistant, Josh Abbott, on his stupid fucking DICKtaphone:
Q) For anyone unfamiliar with the name, Martyn Hare, could you tell them who you are, what you do and why you do it?
A) I am Martyn Hare; Producer, DJ, mixing engineer and boss of the Emetic label.

Q) Why did you choose the moniker, Martyn Hare, as a DJ name? Did you ever toy with the idea of prefixing it with DJ, like a proper DJ (DJ Martyn Hare), or suffixing it with something more exciting like Dance Boss (DJ Dance Boss) or Track Puncha (DJ Track Puncha)?
A) My releases on Potential where labelled as DJ Martyn Hare, I think Ben Long thought it might get me more gigs... But I started my techno career back in the day when most DJ’s just used a name (Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, Luke Slater etc etc). I guess techno was about just letting the music do the talking, no showing off or pretence. I like secret pseudonym’s though, gives artists a chance to spread their wings a little.

Q) At what point did you realise you could be a DJ and producer professionally? Were you able to enjoy the satisfaction of giving up a job for it?
A) It’s when you can live off it without being stressed every month if you’re able to pay your rent/mortgage. But the negative of that is it becomes business, which makes it way less exciting because you have to do it rather than it being an ideal.

Q) All your songs are about industrial techno. Do you ever get a bit down in the dumps about that genre and feel like using your production skills to write a dance pop hit? If nothing else, for the better money it might make you?
A) I could have sold out a loooooong time ago, but making music has always been my one true passion which I don’t want to sully. You can make a living off techno if you’re lucky. I have a side project with Scott James called “Separate Method”, where we write “proper” music with melodies, vocals and everything :-)

Q) Could you tell us a little bit about your latest release?
A) Joe Farr and I collaborated for a release on the new Dutch label Leyla. It’s dead good. You should buy it.

Q) Clap or snare?
A) Both. One for the Funk the other for the Jack.

Q) Is Berghain that good or is it all a load of media-driven bollocks?
A) Don’t know, never been. Though I don’t see how 8 hour sets could ever be fun.
Q) What’s your favourite club to work and what’s your favourite club to party?
A) I really enjoyed my parties with ‘The Influence’ outdoor events over in Brazil. My favourite club to party in will always be Atomic Jam at the Que Club in Birmingham.

Q) What is Joe Farr really like?
A) He’s a jolly nice bloke. We enjoy meeting up to talk shop over a goat curry and a can of Ting. Though that’s not very “techno”, so let’s say I’ve never met him and not even sure he really exists.

Q) What is your favourite Emetic release, and why?
A) The DJ Bam Bam remix of Distotek (Emetic011), as it’s the track I’ve played out the most and always kicks ass.

Q) In 2001, I played for the first hour in the 3rd room at Sundissential and died on my arse. Three hours later, I was stomping around in the main room watching you NOT dying on your arse. When was the last time you died on…shit. Sorry, that question was for an interview I'm doing with Lisa Lashes soon. When was the last time you died on your arse though?
A) Never ;-)
Q) Have you ever been accidentally booked by a promoter who thought that they were booking Martyn? As well as the name, you also look a bit like him, so you could probably make a bit of extra cash either on the DJ lookalike circuit or by illegally impersonating Martyn in order to defraud promoters into paying higher rates.
A) Damn, my secret is out.

Q) Stone cold sober or absolutely fucking terminated?
A) Depends where I am. Both have their merits.

Q) What do you have planned for the rest of the year, work wise?
A) ADE, more tracks with Joe, mixing some high profile dance releases, keep on pushing Emetic, and gigging.

Q) Is there anything else you need the Weekly Review of Dance Music to raise awareness of?
A) Badger culling, or the fact McVitie’s have reduced the number of chocolate Hobnobs from 14 to 13 per packet for the same price.

What a lovely man! Please join me in wishing Martyn (Hare) all the very best of luck for the future and help fund his artistic lifestyle by ploughing YOUR money into his bank account in exchange for his excellent recent releases and entire back catalogue (also excellent), details of which can be found on his website: and Beatport page.


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