2009 couldn't have gone much better for Martin Solveig who has long been synonymous with forward-thinking electronic music for over a decade. Fresher than ever, the Frenchman's whirlwind year has seen him adorned by his homeland as well as re-establishing himself as an electro-pop icon, not to mention breaking into the top 50 of DJ Mag's prestigious Top 100 poll.
Awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to the arts in his homeland and across the world, appreciation for Solveig's work is greater than ever, having also scooped the Artiste de Musiques Electroniques de l'AnnÃ©e at the French Victoires de la Musique last year.
Musically, Martin has remained at the forefront of the medium he adores; maturing like a fine French wine, Solveig's irrepressible touch has coined successive hits from his latest album 'C'est la Vie', released in June 2008. 'C'est la Vie', 'I Want You' and 'One 2.3 Four' haven taken the airwaves by storm and demonstrated Martin's primed production skills and electric approach -- note, interestingly The Strokes was the key inspiration for making the album.
2009 and the masterfully engineered electro-pop powerhouse 'Boys & Girls' started life following a chance meeting between Martin and 'fashionista' Jean-Paul Gaultier. A shared admiration for each other's work gave birth to the track that's video, shot at Gaultier's 'Maison de Couture', has gone on to amass over one million hits on Youtube. Bowing to public demand, a full release was scheduled globally featuring remixes from Laiback Luke, Les Petits Pilous, Bart B. More and David E. Sugar.
'Boys & Girls' featured on the 'C'est la Vie Remixes' album that was released for free across Europe through publications as a thank you to fans from Martin. A genuine gesture from the humble Parisian who enlisted some of his favourite producers to work on the alternative version of the album, including Fedde Le Grand, Laidback Luke and Felix Da Housecat, among others.
With over ten years in the industry under his belt, the French maestro continues to 'woo' audiences around the world and he has the awards to prove it. Relentlessly keeping one step ahead of the game, with 'Boys & Girls' still bubbling successfully and Martin back in the studio, 2010 looks set for Solveig to step up once again... but hey... what do you expect from the irrepressible, formidable Frenchman.