Virtuoso guitarist Frans JC Martins, affectionately known as St.J. by friend and foe, started playing music early in his childhood. He diversified on instruments playing piano, drums, guitar and clarinet. Guitar having always been the favourite instrument, it was only natural that this became his main instrument. Self taught and frustrated with his playing he ended up with Jimmy Gillmer and spent around two years studying jazz and a further 6 years of classical training with Jimmy during the late 80’s/ early 90’s.
Transferring the skills he acquired from Jimmy he taught classic and electric guitar and is extremely proud that one of his friends and dedicated pupil, Renier Rabie found international fame. An accomplished guitarist, Renier under the stage name Triserial is the current bassist for Abgott (endorsed by Cort/ Jackson).
The 80’s 90’s was also the period during which he was seen on stage with Top40/ Cover bands like Panama (SA), China White, Rapscallion and an 11 year stint with Shaft. After spending so much time playing the club circuit and covers he decided to take a chance at the original music market and around 2001/2 got involved with Simplicity, which after a split up became Glaze (a hard rock original band). During the same period he met Chris “Manik” Moon and Clifford “DarkLord” Swindells and with them completed the line-up of Atmosphere Control Unit (ACU), an electronic based trio in the Cyber Punk genre.
Just when things started to look good for both bands Glaze broke up and Clifford was tragically lost due to leukaemia. Devastated, St.J then took a sabbatical of a couple of months after which he got involved in some projects which never really quite got off the ground.
One dream of his has always been to do an instrumental project, solely his own. During March 2008 St.J. started a non-music working career in Saudi Arabia with ample time to compose and record music. This, together with the recording studio, Alternate Minds Studios, which was built in 2002 by St.J. and his son Rici Martins (a talented drummer and pianist) provided the means to finally record St.J’s first solo album during 2008/ 2009. The album is a mixture of Progressive Rock, Blues and Jazz/ Rock fusion with St.J. performing all the rhythm, lead and bass guitar parts and Rici, whom amongst others have played for Enism, The Awakening, Subrosa and Christian Heath, the synthesizers and drums.
Welcome to my Surf City Ashram/Asylum & thank you for letting me be your friend here on MRR !!!!!
I love everything ~ I will never deny you !
The challenges that we now face together are best achieved through the personal inspiration that will communicate the fresh ideas, that will ultimately guide our journey to a destination beyond any individuals wildest dreams.
In a world where reality has become obscured in the mimicry of following the safer trends set down by ones predecessors ~ the true path of artistic integrity lies in the blazing of ones own path with an originality that will define the new perspectives soon to be recognized as the very perceptions realized by the very ones who will follow.
I admonish each of my brethren to listen to the inner voice within and seek out that unique vision that only lies inside each of you as an individual ~ as this is the creativity that will bring the greatest rewards to the commonwealth of our collective.
Hello Frans Welcome to the revolution. Make yourself at home and feel free to browse the site, make some new friends and fans. There is so much to hear, see and do here like blogs, videos, events and even chat. There are also many resources for musicians to take advantage of. btw: I am really diggin your music. Cheers Nick