VAN GORDON MARTIN w/ THA MATERIALS
At the tender age of seven years, Van Gordon Martin started his musical journey.
Growing up in Chicago the musical soil was very rich and as a young boy his first job was polishing and stringing guitars in local music shop the Musicians Network. Due to his apparent musical talent Van Gordon Martin was discovered early on and later mentored by the legendary Parliament Funkadelicand Talking Heads keyboardist, Bernie Worrell. It was this background and mentoring that set the tone for Van’s new musical existence. An existence that has lasted and developed for over a decade of making Van Gordon Martin and becoming veterans of the east coast touring scene.
VGM works full time with his own solo project as well as many others including; the Boston based Reggae collective DubApocalypse, Moroccan/Jazz/ Electronic group Club D’elf, Hip Hop legend Big Daddy Kane’s Live band, Paul Wolstencroft of Slightly Stoopid’s Organically Good Trio, The Naya Rockers and many others. VGM is also founding member of Spiritual Rez, a project witch he toured with extensively up until 2011. The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Toots and the Maytals, Barrington Levy, Israel Vibration, as well as a national tour with The Skatalites. In a backing band setting VGM has worked with Half Pint, Admiral Tibet , Sleepy Wonder and Puma Ptah of Thievery Corporation, Kenyatta “Jr Culture”, and Tousaint the Liberator.
Fast forward to the present and you will find Van Gordon preparing to tour a new record titled Let it Grow. Where once again he will share his remarkable guitar style backed by a band who transforms their instruments’ sounds into otherworldly sonic vibrations, while reaching new fans and places out in the musical stratosphere. Van Gordon Martin works as a musical chameleon playing many styles, while maintaining a deep love for Reggae, Dub, and Classic Roots Music.
“My musical goal is to share my story, and love for guitar with the World. It has been always been the thing that makes me feel connected to the Spirit Realm.
Rasta Music, Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Roots Music, It speaks the truth.”
And the truth will be spoken with a release on Sony Records / The Orchard and subsequent U.S. tour this Fall.
Tha Materials (or Tha Mats for short) is a Soul Hip-hop Group based in Durham, NC. Established in 2012 by founding members Drummer JC Justice III, MC/Trumpet Cameron Tripp, & Trumpet Will Smith, Tha Mats came about from a mutual desire to create dope original music. Later additions to the band were the “Songbird” voice of singer/songwriter Raney Hayes, Travis Jones on Bass/keyboard, MC/songwriter Juteria Eaves, and most recently MC/ multi-instrumentalist Reuben Ahukanna.
They all attended North Carolina Central University and played and held leadership roles together in the marching band and various other ensembles on campus. They are still a dedicated collective of multi-talented individuals. This unique combination of instrumental talent, dope lyricism, and creativity fostered the phrase “Ev’rything you need”, so it can be said that Tha Materials style is positive, thought provoking, soulful music with “Ev’rything you need” to “Make ya Feel Amazin'”
Tha Materials pride ourselves in being one of tha only self contained groups of our kind on tha map. We are our own Instrumentalists(many of us multi-instrumentalists), vocalists, lyricists/song writers, promotion team, booking agents, event coordinators etc. This page is your opportunity to support us in doing what we love to do. At the end of tha day we are here to give you EV’RYTHING YOU NEED. If you like what you hear, support! We hope this can be a chance to continue growing and extending our message to many people.