Cover story on DJ/musician Quickie Mart (Oct 2015. OffBeat).

Martin Arceneaux’s trademark long, wavy brown hair blows in the perfect breeze off Lake Pontchartrain as we sit at a table on a jetty sticking out into the water—tonight’s backstage area. He has just performed a 20-minute set spinning funk and soul records at the Landing Festival, filling space between trumpet-rock band Cake and New Orleans’ modern funk overlords, the fest’s headliners, Galactic—a band to whom Arceneaux (alias Quickie Mart) owes much.

Quickie Mart. Photo by Elsa Hahne

Quickie Mart. Photo by Elsa Hahne

“I don’t get to spin funk and soul enough, unless I am with Galactic,” he says. Having expected an older crowd tonight, he was just as happy with the kids who danced to tonight’s heavy Neville set. “I don’t get to spin that stuff as much as I like to, so when I do it locally, I hope a lot of the dance music kids who like my electronic sets will come out, and it will kind of open their minds.”

On nights like this, with the black water reflecting the black sky and the mellow lights of docked yachts, we could almost be sitting on the French Riviera. Quickie tells me he has not yet ever DJ’d on the French Riviera. We sip whiskey and talk and I recall a similar breeze, in Miami, blowing across South Beach as I walked along grokking the beautiful Super Bowl 2006 crowd, then looked up and saw Quickie Mart spinning hip-hop records at an expensive-looking Art Deco patio party. His smile was big and his hair short beneath a cocked ball cap back then, at the age of 26, when he looked like an actor from the movie Kids. We didn’t know each other well yet, but he greeted me warmly with daps and a hug—as he would again when I came upon him randomly in 2010 as he DJ’d his original electronic music, some dubstep, plus Louisiana funk and soul at an Abita beer party at the clusterfuck that is Austin’s South By Southwest.

All this to say: The French Riviera may have eluded him so far, but Quickie Mart’s talent for both spinning the best records from all party genres, as well as producing original, eclectic electronic tracks, has him on the road for 50 to 80 concert dates a year lately, with another 5 or 6 in-state shows each month. Clearly it’s just a matter of time. CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article at OffBeat…

Or check out this video of Quickie Mart moving the crowd at Bonnarroo Fest… 


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