This is the personal audio & visual portfolio site of Wisconsin native, Martin Defatte. I’ve been a graphic designer, a package designer, worked for record labels, worked for design & advertising agencies, worked for bands, produced electronic music, engineered, produced, remixed, released and so on. I rarely freelance anymore, as my day job at Jigsaw keeps me quite busy, which is fine by me. The only available time I have right now, I spend on passion projects.
Looking back, there were no UK Grime “albums” that hit me hard like the past two years. That’s probably a good thing, because I went pretty far down the grime rabbit hole in 2016-17 and it probably shows in my work. I’ve assembled a bunch of music, in seemingly disparate genres. I pretty much listen […]
My creative endeavors have always been deeply influenced by my lifelong love of music and skateboarding and their respective subcultures.
I grew up absorbing DIY zines, Thrasher magazines and punk rock records. I was particularly fascinated by album artwork. I eventually formed a band with high school friends. After a few years, I chose to take a more “behind the scenes” role in the local hardcore punk scene, designing fliers for shows and laying-out demos for my friends’ bands. Some of those bands went on tour and got noticed, which in turn, gave me opportunity to work for a variety of indie labels.
After graduating from college with an Art degree, I turned an internship into a gig as a graphic designer at a small package design firm in my hometown. I cut my teeth developing package concepts for household names like: Windex, Edge Shave Gel, Skintimate Shave Gel and Ziploc.
Concurrent to my career as a print designer, I continued to pursue my personal studies in web design and development. After devouring the first of many books on CSS and front end development, I knew I wanted to transition front print to web design and development as a career.
I currently work for Jigsaw as a Front End Developer in downtown Milwaukee, WI, and I live in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. In my spare time, I develop and help curate a digital archive of Wisconsin music called MKEpunk.com with my pal Jeremy.
My latest musical endeavor is playing bass for Volunteer with Mark and Kevin, from our previous band – Stock Options and Francisco from Gasoline Fight / Traitors. We have a 12″ out on Chicago’s Underground Communique, a 10″ co-released by Forge Again Records and our own imprint, Triple Eye Industries. We are currently working on new material. Even more recently, I have produced a few solo EPs using the moniker, Tron Jovi, to pass time during the cold Wisconsin winters. It’s a blend of my history as an electronic producer and the heavy music I’ve been drawn to lately.
From September 2010, until June 2012, I played bass in Stock Options.