If you’re an avid listener of Radar Radio, chances are you’ve heard of Martha. She’s the Peckahm native with a loyal following and a talent for spinning sounds that span the electronic spectrum. Having joined Reprezent Radio at the age of 16 (before hosting a weekly show for a total of five years), Martha has risen through the ranks as one of London’s ones to watch. Alongside soundtracking our Thursday nights with her texture-heavy mixes and industrial layered sounds via Radar Radio, Martha spends her days producing and hosting a podcast called The Hour, for Resident Advisor, and producing shows for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. It was at the age of just 19 that Martha produced her first documentary for BBC 1Xtra – Grime Mums, that celebrated the mothers who’ve birthed grime artists like Bashy, Novelist and So Solid Crew’s Megaman.
As much a storyteller as she is a DJ, Martha’s sights don’t stop at London. She’s got talented friends she calls upon from all corners of the globe. Cue: Martha’s Pen Pals – her series that sees her invite people to share their knowledge of their local music scene. That’s anywhere from Turkey and Stockholm, to Cape Town, El Salvador, Sydney and Sao Paulo. Martha’s also been trying her hand at sound art. Having steered well away from art after being made to feel uncreative at school, now she’s feeling confident taking photographs and putting sound together again. It’s something of an art-cross-archiving project, that allows Martha (and us) to revisit the material that holds a special place in her heart. It was last month that Martha debuted her sound art as part of the fellow Babyface girl Georgina Johnson’s Memories exhibition at Protein Studios.
Most recently Martha’s been making dj mixes for Nike's Running Hour and running with Nike London (as ambassador of the Radar Radio run club) for their London’s Fastest campaign that brought running squad’s across the capital together to, well, run the city. “It’s the biggest campaign I’ve done so far and it’s been amazing to be a part of it. So mad to see myself all over Nike Town Oxford Circus and all over my city on billboards! It’s been great to get the rest of Radar running as well – we all spend a lot of time in clubs so it’s important we’re taking care of ourselves too,” says Martha. We can’t argue with that.
Words by Brooke McCord