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Marvillous Beats

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Hip Hop Jazz




"“Marvillous Beats” in the street"

Marvill “Marvillous Beats” Martin plays his unique music in the streets. His electric violin, accompanied by a wide variety of original beats, adds to the fun and excitement of downtown Silver Spring.

The beats range from “90’s golden era boom-bap, epic orchestral hip-hop, dark trap beats, smooth as cocoa butter jazz and soul beats.” says Martin.

“Occasionally I will play some of my favorite instrumentals from classic Hip-hop or R&B songs. I think this blend of original and familiar connects with people on a genuine level.”

Martin plays his white violin with passion, seeking to connect the audience directly to his ear and heart.

“This violin is by far the best gift I have ever received in my life besides my life itself. This specific electric white violin came to me at a time when I needed it most. My beautiful, talented and super supportive girlfriend Ketsia got it for me as a birthday gift. The gesture opened doors to experiences I’ve always wanted to have in my career and these opportunities have given me even more self confidence. I’m forever grateful to have someone like her in my life.” Martin declares.

Raised in New Rochelle, NY Martin began studying violin when he was 8 years old, inspired by his older sisters lessons. “It felt natural and fun when I began to play. I appreciated how my teacher would harmonize with me during exercises and warm ups. It made the sessions exciting to me. I enjoyed practicing and trying to replicate her skill. Her vibrato was hypnotizing.” says Martin.

“I’ve been playing for about 18 years. I took private lessons for about 7 years. I’ve had the opportunity to play 1st or 2nd chair from 3rd grade to 12th grade. I also played in an all-city orchestra when I was 13. A memory I will forever remember was playing in Carnegie Hall in New York City with my high school orchestra. We did the score from Pirates of the Caribbean. Man that was so awesome. I’ve been blessed to have amazing mentors, tutors, teachers and conductors.” Martin reminisces.

Marvill Martin was introduced to busking with his younger brother and visual artist Len Lama (@eyeofthelama).

“My experiences playing music on the streets of Silver Spring have been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my career. The people have shown me nothing but love and I show them appreciation back.” says Martin.

“The most amazing thing I realized is that people of different ages, cultures, backgrounds, classes, and genders vibe with my music and my character as a person. I’ve busked at different locations around DC and Montgomery County, MD but I’ll tell you nothing feels like downtown Silver Spring. That place is my home away from New Rochelle.”

Busking on the streets of Silver Spring is only one of Martin’s creative outlets Martin. He is a music producer in 3rd & 9th Records,( collaborating with artists from all over the world. Marvillous Beats started producing and writing songs in 2008, producing demo songs for artist Tory Lanez and even joining rapper Wale and his band onstage this past New Year’s Day at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.

Music and beat lovers can find a video of Martin’s tour on 3rd & 9th Records (@thirdandninth) YouTube channel as well as a full stream of “Chester Trips” which is Marvillous Beats first album. (@MarvillousBeats)

“ This journey included a great deal of long nights teaching myself about studio equipment, how to do all the tricks and effects, how to mix my songs, how to market myself, how to brand my business, and how to manage my relationships. There have been pitstops and hurdles, unexpected changes, and all the inner turmoil that comes with being an artist. But I never doubted myself. And I knew no matter what I couldn’t stay away from the music.” Says Martin

Martin hosts a beats store online at where artists of all mediums can license his creations.

“I really just love hip-hop, the creative process, angelic harmonies, phat bass lines, and sharing my passion with the world.”
Martin and brother Len Lama have collaborated on a new single “Addis Ababa” produced by Marvillous Beats. It can be found on iTunes, Spotify and all streaming outlets.

Martin expresses words of motivation and inspiration. “I would like to let all the young people know to stay in school and to work hard and focus on making your dreams a reality. I want everyone who thinks it’s too late to begin something new to believe in themselves and to focus on making better use of their leisure time. It’s only a failure if you don’t try. Make a habit of seeing your obstacles as learning experiences that level you up once you get through.”

To catch Martin’s performance, you can find him on the streets of Silver Spring, DC bars, lounges and even larger venues like the Fillmore or possibly at a metro stop near you.

His emailing list keeps his fans up to date on shows and events. - TAKOMA VOICE

"A station is born: Inside the high-risk, low-watt, quirky world of community radio"

Marvill Martin, 25, better known as Marvillous Beats, was the first live musician to play on the air at Takoma Radio. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) - WASHINGTON POST

"Hip Hop is Marvillous: Marv Martin’s Journey as a Young Beat Maker"

I recently got in touch with the young, multi-talented hip hop artist Marvill Martin, aka Marvillous Beats, who makes magic in the D.C. area, which just so happens to be my home place! Not only have I been lucky to live near this musical beast, I was able to witness his creative genius at a local Busboys and Poets! His passion of crafting his own beats, rapping about real-world issues, and masterfully playing the violin make Martin a triple threat to modern hip hop culture, and inspires Black youth to be the change they want to see in the world.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

My fondest memory would be my earliest memory - moving to New Rochelle, NY the 90’s on a sunny day to this big new house. I remember my little brother, and my uncle. I remember how my crib use to look when we first moved there.

How did you discover your music tastes?

I discovered them through my father and older sister. He use to play a lot of gospel and sunday praise music on his tapes from Jamaica and his traveling singing group. My older sister started taking violin lessons and I wanted to do it to. I really liked it when my father got me a violin and I started taking lessons.

What 5 artists have had the most profound impact on your life?

My little brother Cullen aka Len Lama, This kid Andrew Morejon I met in 3rd Grade, My cousin Darren aka Jonforce, Kanye West, and 9th Wonder.

4. What made you want to move to DC?

My sister and my girlfriend already moved to DC to go to college. My mother also wanted me to get out of New York [my hometown being Rochelle, NY] and grow. After graduating community college I applied to a bunch of schools in DC. I got into a program at UDC and the rest is history.

5. How has music changed your life?

It has given me a medium to express myself. Creating music that both I like and that moves people is a challenge that I’m drawn to. It has introduced me to amazing people and has provided me with authentic self fulfillment.

What makes you different than other hip hop artists?

I have a tendency for the conscious, classical, and soulful substance. I’m far less into and about materialism, misogyny, and brute masculinity than what’s commercially accepted in hip-hop today. As a classically trained musician I feel I have an upper-hand in songwriting and production.

If you could do anything else creatively, what would it be?

I’d love to act again. Nothing intense but something supportive and comedy-relief like. On a larger scale, I’d like to create a new economy. I’d like to create a better system of education and a culture that is truly caring of the earth yet still prospers technologically. One which doesn’t withhold truths.

What motivates you to do what you do?

I am aware of my potential now more than ever. I understand what needs to be done to be successful. I was raised to work at being the best at whatever I set my mind to. I’m motivated by my passion, respect, recognition and compensation - in that order.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself comfortably living and practicing as an architect. I see myself continuing my music passion on my off seasons and off days. I’d like to live off sales from awesome records that touched people so I concentrate on doing the passion rather than making the money. I see myself being an instrumental asset in the rehabilitation of the environment and economy where the lower to middle class of the world can sustain themselves without much fiat.

Wow, it is extremely refreshing to know that twenty-somethings like Martin exist in the Hip-Hop community! Although we do have our modern-day freedom fighters, there is nothing more comforting than to see young Black artists use their talents to build social awareness. Martin frequents in open mic nights, Hip-Hop jam sessions, and other events across the D.C. area, and will not quit for as long as his strong message of global equality remains needed. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and his personal site, Marv Beats! - BLAVITY


Classical Hustle: The Album | Released September 29th 2017



              Marvillous Beats is a Bronx, New York born violinist, composer and audio engineer now producing magic in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. He grew up in a Jamaican family with 5 siblings in New Rochelle, NY where he began playing violin at 8 years old. Despite finishing college with an architecture degree, Marvillous Beats is no stranger to the music industry. He has produced songs for Interscope Records' recording artist Tory Lanez and performed live with Warner Brother's/Every Blue Moon's recording artist Wale and RCA Records' recording artist Goldlink. Marvillous Beats also has been featured on Fox 5 News, The Washington Post, Blavity, and has performed live on radio in Takoma Park, Maryland and Listen Vision Studios in DC. Marvillous Beats has performed at venues such as The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD, The Howard Theatre in Washington DC, Eden Lounge DC, Asia DC, Pure Lounge, and at Takoma Station Tavern every third Wednesday with the Kontrolled Khaos band. The vibe of the Marvillous Beats sound is a unique mix of original classical music and Hip-Hop. 

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