Martin Solveig

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Martin Solveig
Solveig at Futuroscope, 2012
Solveig at Futuroscope, 2012
Background information
Birth nameMartin Laurent Picandet
Born (1976-09-22) 22 September 1976 (age 46)
Paris, France[1]
OriginNeuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • DJ
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Turntables
  • synthesizer
  • vocals
Years active2002–present

Martin Laurent Picandet (French pronunciation: ​[maʁtɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃ pikɑ̃dɛ]; born 22 September 1976),[1] better known by his stage name Martin Solveig (French: [maʁtɛ̃ sɔlvɛɡ]), is a French DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer. He hosts a weekly radio show called C'est La Vie on radio stations worldwide, including Radio FG in his homeland.

He has been active since 1994. Solveig manages his own label called Mixture Stereophonic and was ranked number 29 in the 2011 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs.[2] He has collaborated with, among others, Ina Wroldsen, David Guetta, Jax Jones (together under the alias Europa), Laidback Luke, Dragonette, Kele of Bloc Party and Madonna.

Early life[edit]

Solveig was born in Paris. As a child, he joined the choir of The Paris Boys Choir also known in France as Les petits chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly,[3] where he had a classical music training and became soprano soloist under the direction of François Polgár.[4] At the age of 18, he became a DJ and then started to work in famous Parisian nightclubs: L'Enfer, Le Queen, Les Bains Douches.


2002–07: Sur la Terre and Hedonist[edit]

On 17 June 2002, Solveig released his debut studio album Sur la Terre; the album failed to chart. The album includes the singles "Madan", "Rocking Music" and "I'm a Good Man". On 12 September 2005, he released his second studio album Hedonist; this peaked at number 43 on the French Albums Chart. The album includes the singles "Everybody", "Jealousy", "Something Better" and "Rejection".

2008–09: C'est la Vie[edit]

On 2 June 2008, Solveig released his third studio album C'est la Vie. The album peaked at number 16 on the French Albums Chart. "C'est la Vie" was released as the lead single from the album on 21 January 2008. "I Want You" was released as the second single from the album on 15 September 2008. "One 2.3 Four" was released as the third single from the album on 22 December 2008. "Boys & Girls" was released as the fourth single from the album on 28 September 2009.

2010–12: Smash[edit]

On 6 September 2010, he released the single "Hello" with Dragonette as the lead single from his fifth studio album. It is Solveig's most successful single to date, peaking at number one in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic and the Netherlands, while charting within the top 10 in ten other countries. The song also peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. "Ready 2 Go" was released as the second single from the album on 28 March 2011. He released his fifth studio album Smash on 6 June 2011, peaking at number 18 on the French Albums Chart. In 2011, Solveig was officially named as one of the producers for Madonna's new studio album, MDNA. On 24 October 2011, "Big in Japan" was released as the third single from the album. On 2 April 2012, "The Night Out" was released as the fourth single from the album. Solveig was also made the in house DJ for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards where he paid homage to the classic themes from movies such as Pulp Fiction.[5]


On 28 May 2013, Solveig released the single "Hey Now" with The Cataracs featuring vocals from Kyle, peaking at number 55 on the French Singles Chart. The song has also charted in Belgium, Germany and Ireland. On 6 January 2014, he released the single "Blow" with Laidback Luke. The song charted in Belgium. On 23 February 2015, he released the single "Intoxicated" with GTA. The song has peaked at number 15 on the French Singles Chart. On 6 July 2015, he released the single "+1" featuring vocals from Sam White. In 2016, Solveig released the single "Do It Right" with Australian singer Tkay Maidza. In 2017, while leaving Spinnin', Solveig released the single "All Stars" with Finnish singer Alma.


In December 2018, Solveig received criticism when he asked the first ever winner of the Ballon d'Or Féminin, Ada Hegerberg, to twerk on stage at the awards ceremony.[6][7][8] UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin called him an "idiot that doesn't know how to behave" and added that he "will never again host such an event".[9] Solveig issued a public apology "to anyone who may have been offended" and said it was a joke and that Hegerberg did not consider it sexual harassment.[10]

DJ Mag[edit]

  • 2007: No. 72 (New Entry)
  • 2008: No. 52 (Up 20)
  • 2009: No. 47 (Up 5)
  • 2010: No. 55 (Down 8)
  • 2011: No. 29 (Up 26)
  • 2012: No. 48 (Down 19)
  • 2013: No. 77 (Down 29)
  • 2014: Unlisted
  • 2015: Unlisted
  • 2016: No. 98
  • 2017: Unlisted


Studio albums


  1. ^ a b "MTV Music". MTV.
  2. ^ "2011 DJ Mag ranking". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  3. ^ C à vous programme, France 5, 22 February 2012
  4. ^ "Martin Solveig Bio, Music, News & Shows". Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Martin Solveig At Movie Awards: What Did He Play?". MTV. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. ^ "'Hang your head in shame' – Controversy in Paris after women's Ballon d'Or winner asked to twerk on stage". Irish Independent. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  7. ^ Matthey, James (4 December 2018). "Historic first women's Ballon d'Or winner asked to twerk in shocking moment". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  8. ^ McAuley, Kim (3 December 2018). "Professional moron Martin Solveig asks Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg to twerk". SB Nation. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Uefa president calls Solveig an 'idiot' over Ballon d'Or twerk comment – video". The Guardian. 7 December 2018. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Ballon d'Or: DJ Martin Solveig sorry for Ada Hegerberg 'twerk' question". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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