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"BBC Radio 1, DJ Huw Stephens"

"Bomba Ding is one of the catchiest tunes we've heard yet on One Music and it's courtesy of Skitchy aka drum'n'bass/electronica ace James Martin..." - BBC Radio 1


"BBC Radio 1, DJ Rob Da Bank"

"Cut up vocals and a bassline that rumbles deep from the speakers. Taken from a whole album of quality!" - BBC Radio 1


"Rockfeedback"

Eclectic-genius-cum-borderline-insanity of Skitchy, the musical persona of one James Hore-Martin. His prolificacy is flabbergasting – he wrote, performed and produced everything on this twenty (twenty!) track album, whilst also finding time to painstakingly create a couple of genuinely awesome CGI videos for the first two songs, which are provided on a handy accompanying DVD.
Skittering drum n’ bass, super-treated guitar crunch, flamboyant rap-rock vocal style and armfuls of squelches, bleeps and samples.
‘Lethargy My Friend’ is the standout, a brassy death-march punctuated by resonating sub-bass and unexpectedly sweet harmonies, and there are ample aural rewards throughout.
On the whole, this is a remarkable document of one Cornish man’s impressively singular musical vision, and well worth seeking out - Rockfeedback, Chris Pratt


"RecordScout"

This album may just get played in full, and then repeated several times. Kick off with a ‘big beat’ and you can’t go wrong. Nice Scratching, nice vocals, wicked production. OK Skitchy – you have won our vote. We want to hear more and we have a 19 track album.

We think there will be more to hear in the future. Our advice, keep doing what you’re doing, and do more of it!
- RecordScout.com


"Subba Cultcha"

With the robotic vocals of Cameo on a downer, the squelching beats of Aphex Twin if he decided to go all Pharrell on yo’ ass and some intriguing melody idea’s, Skitchy makes millennial pop for the uber headfuck generation, and we loves it!

- Subba Cultcha


"Aesthetica Magazine"

Skitchy aka James Martin hails from Cornwall and is the epitome of self-taught ingenuity. Having found some free software on the cover of a magazine at the age of 14, he began to produce his own music and has since been making waves in the music industry with his diverse but distinctive electronic tracks. Branching out from music into computer games and animation – again, all self-taught- he has produced an animated music video for the track Lethargy My Friend, which has been played on MTV in the UK and Europe and got a Top Ten slot in Video-C. The animation complements the music perfectly, with the characters in it playing with and drawing attention to the rock-solid industrial beats. It’s a humorous, professional and unusual music video, with a real sense of narrative and the graphics are excellent. It’s quirky, intriguing and hard to believe that this started as just a hobby! Fiona Ferguson - Aesthetica Magazine, Fiona Ferguson


Discography

Album : 'How Can This Little Brother Recoup' 2008
Video : 'Lethargy My Friend' on MTV and worldwide 2006
Album : 'Skitchy' Released on ITunes 2006
Video : 'Tiny Little Freaks' Released on MTV and worldwide 2007
CD/Download Single : 'Tiny Little Freaks' released 2007
Video : 'Chichino - It Could Happen To' Directed and animated by Skitchy
Remix : 'Chichino - It Could Happen To You Club Remix by Skitchy'
Remix : 'Chichino - It Could Happen To You Dub Remix by Skitchy'
Remix : 'T'rese - You Are My Lover Club Remix By Skitchy'

Airplay (not a complete list) : BBC Radio 1, WSUC New York, KEXP Seattle, Kooba, Pulse, Viking FM, 7Waves, KCR, BCB, Xtreme, Hayes FM, Flame FM, Siren FM, Livewire1350, NightStar, CJSF Canada

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LATEST : If you want to license Skitchys tracks for film etc. you must now do so through A&G Sync.
NOTE : VIEW THE VIDEO PAGE FIRST!
LATEST : 2nd album titled 'How Can This Little Brother Recoup' release imminent - 170 online stores including all the majors (ITunes, HMV etc. See links at bottom of page)

SKITCHY BIOGRAPHY

Is Skitchy a reclusive, manic depressive, obsessive-compulsive, long-haired Cornish weirdo?
Yes.
Is it true that he rarely leaves the house, refuses to do interviews, and builds his own computers?
Certainly.
But as one reviewer stated, reflected in the work coming from the studio of this tormented computer geek you will find "Genius-come-borderline-insanity".

Skitchy aka James Martin is a writer-producer of electronic/pop/rock music ranging from Hip-Hop right through the tempo spectrum to Drum&Bass. Working alone from a small studio in Cornwall in the UK, Skitchy has managed to successfully infiltrate the music Industry:

"Bomba Ding is one of the catchiest tunes we've heard yet on One Music and it's courtesy of Skitchy aka drum'n'bass/electronica ace James Martin..." - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1.

Now 28, James began producing music at the age of 14 after finding some free software on the coverdisk of a magazine! What started as a diversion soon became a passion and by the age of 18 he had played his first major festival and turned down a record contract. James continued to teach himself about music and production, and slowly built up a small recording studio learning as he went along. When the late John Peel played the track 'Wotsa Voy' on Radio 1 in January 2000, Skitchy had his validation.
However, music was not his only passion and at this stage he decided to branch into another form of entertainment - video games. Again, he taught himself from scratch, and over the next four years created and sold several games and apps, slowly building a brand called 'DyVision Works'.

As part of this process, James had learned a lot about 3D animation, and so in late 2005 he decided to make an animated CGI music video to accompany one of the songs from his 19 track album - as you do. Over the next 3 months he taught himself the bits he didn't know and the 'Lethargy My Friend' music video was born. This went on to get major airtime on several large TV networks including MTV, and reached the top 10 chart on Video-C alongside such well established artists as Madonna and Massive Attack, reflecting its cult following on the net. It was also recognised as a short film in its own right making appearances at film festivals like OneDotZero in London due to its underlying message about bullying, a subject about which Skitchy feels strongly as he pinpoints it as the root cause of many of his own issues.

Concurrently, the album was getting played on stations around the world (USA, UK, Europe, Australia and beyond), and the track 'Funk Around' was chosen to be pre-loaded on to over a million new MP3 players as part of a Dixons Group promotion in the UK.

"Cut up vocals and a bassline that rumbles deep from the speakers. Taken from a whole album of quality!" - Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio 1.

Skitchy’s second video “Tiny Little Freaks”, (produced entirely by - you guessed it - James himself) was again picked up by MTV International as well as winning a place in the final of the 2007 IMAs. You really need to watch this video closely because (like ogres and onions) its theme has many layers. A two year old will be transfixed by the odd cartoon characters and bright shiny colours, and an elderly politician will baulk at its stark sociopolitical jabs - some of which are in your face and some you have to hunt for.

While working on some new material, Skitchy was approached by numerous artists and labels. For some he wrote and produced remixes and for one (Chichino) he made another animation to accompany one of their tracks.

Skitchy has just finished his second album titled 'How Can This Little Brother Recoup' on his own label DyVision Music. It will be gracing the shelves of over 170 online stores including the big hitters like ITunes, HMV and Napster some time in July/August 2008. It is by far his finest work to date - commercial without being cheesy, diverse not esoteric, and edgy rather than grating. It ranges from a bass-bin rupturing mosh through unashamed booty-shaking to a mid-day drunk mellow. There are tracks on here that will be frequenting radio, clubs, movie soundtracks, and TV.
But don't expect to see Skitchy himself - unless you can find his house.

Tel: +44 (0)1872 242621
Email: skitchy@dyvision.co.uk

PS. James has asked me to discourage people from actually going to his house.