Fernanda Martins: From Rock, Pop and New Wave To Techno

Techno and HardTechno DJ/Producer Fernanda Martins, aka Dot Chandler, has been cranking out her explosive sets in clubs and at festivals all around the world for the last ten years, feeding her crowds frenzied Techno selections with great charisma and skill.  It’s been noted that she has a love for incorporating new and innovative textures and elements while integrating her wild cuts, scratches and all kinds of effects into her mixes. From an early age while growing up in Brazil, her music exposure leans towards 80s-90s Rock, Pop and New Wave. The music coming out during this period attracted and influenced her towards a career in making electronic music. In the beginning, she sought out the works of Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Dave Clarke, Mauro Piccoto and Adam Beyer, among others and the educational process began. Through hours upon hours of listening experiences it became quite apparent to Fernanda which genre of electronic music she would pursue. That would be Techno. Fernanda found herself immersed and under the influence of London’s Underground Techno scene, which fueled her desire to master her mixing skills. Over the course of her career, Funk and Acid Techno were primary selections of early live sets that evolved through careful selection to include heavier hard-core and pure techno. These days, when Fernanda is not in the studio or in the DJ booth, she can be found co-managing Devotion Records and Audiocode Records with Lucas Freire. Home based in Barcelona, both labels have grown and gained a healthy reputation for releasing dozens of quality Techno and HardTechno recordings. Dedication, continual periods of growth and experience, learning Techno’s sub-genres such as classic, acid, melodic and hard, combined with a very high energy stage presence, masterful mixing skills and a deep discography dating back to 2009, all prove one thing—when it come to the international conversation on up-and-coming female DJs/producers to watch out for, Fernanda Martins deserves inclusion. Prediction: Fernanda Martins continues to evolve as a DJ/producer, lands more high profile performance opportunities and ends up in that international conversation I mentioned earlier on. One day, Fernanda. One day.

—Leo Weaver

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