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Felix Martin is a Venezuelan guitarist & band trio based out of the elite Los Angeles music scene in California. Their unique and versatile style consists of an eclectic Metal sound with Latin Music and Jazz/Fusion genre mixes.
Felix grew up in Venezuela, then moved to Boston to study at the renowned university Berklee School Of Music. After graduating on a scholarship, he got signed by Prosthetic Records (Marty Friedman, Animals as Leaders, Lamb of God, Gojira) and started touring the world with his band.
They hit the road and played shows with well known prominent acts that include Sons Of Apollo (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot), Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, as well as touring in the USA, Europe, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia and China. The band also performed in the festival circuit that includes Progressive Nation at Sea (Neal Morse, Devin Townsend, Periphery, Animals As Leaders), SXSW (Veil Of Maya), Euroblast (Leprous) in Germany, Mexicali Prog (Haken) in Mexico, and Tech Fest in the UK, among many others.
Over the years, Felix has been featured in various media publications around the world including LA Weekly, Revolver Magazine, Billboard, CBS Radio, Guitar World, Premier Guitar, Vintange Guitar, Blabblermouth, just to name a few.
He performs with self designed 16 and 14 string guitars, which consist of two guitars joined together in one. He also currently plays a 16-string guitar (two 8 strings joined together) in collaboration with Kiesel Guitars, and plays a 14-string acoustic (8 and 6-string combo) in collaboration with JP Laplante. Felix’s bandmates are comprised of his Berklee college mates like drummers Victor Carracedo, JP Bouvet and bassist Javier Sepulveda (who also plays guitar), Nathan Navarro, Kilian Duarte and Yas Yasutaka.
His musical beginnings were focused primarily on Metal with Jazz Fusion, and nowadays is exploring Metal with Venezuelan music, straight up Latin (Cuban, Puerto Rican) and Latin American. He has a strong attachment to his Latino and Venezuelan culture, and his music reflects it diligently.
Growing up during the Venezuelan crisis, this shaped Felix's anchor musical influences. He is also a political activist in his home country of Venezuela, where he was one of the leading protesters against the regime that still governs Venezuela.
Felix’s album will be released in 2019, which is going to include his Latin / Venezuelan music roots with a dynamic mix of metal.