Azzido Da Bass (born Ingo Martens, 29 August 1971) is a German DJ and record producer based in Hamburg, Germany.
Over the years, Martens has been influenced by a wide range of music genres: as a youth, he first became interested in hip hop and break dance; by the mid-1980s, he began collecting electronica and synthpop albums from groups such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Nitzer Ebb; a few years later, it was acid house and hardcore groups. In the early 1990s, Carl Cox gave Martens a cassette tape of various remixes, which had a substantial impact of Martens' view on music, paving the way for his future career."Interview with Ingo Martens by Giosuè Impellizzeri (in Italian / in italiano)". Disc-jockey.it. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
Further inspired by the performances of local and international DJs on tour, Martens began his own DJ career in 1996 under the name Azzido Da Bass. One year later, he would secure his first professional job in Hamburg, Germany. The performance was a success, opening the door to additional jobs in northern Germany performing in clubs, competitive events and private parties, and within four years, Da Bass was a significant player within the German techno music scene, with tours both domestically and internationally.
Da Bass aspired to create his own original music after several years as a DJ. After meeting producer/songwriter Stevo Wilcken in 1998, Da Bass made the transition to record producer. The duo co-wrote their first original song "Dooms Night", which was released in 2000 at the Love Parade in Berlin. Although the song did well in Germany, it languished outside the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart until a remix of the song was released by Timo Maas. The remix's popularity sent the track to #8 in the UK chart. Soon after, the song made major appearances around the world, including at the MTV Music Awards in 2000, several American and European commercials, and in the movie soundtrack to Angeled.
Da Bass and Wilcken continued to produce a mixture of original songs and remixes thereafter, including a remix of the song "House of God" by Dimensional Holofonic Sound and their next hit "Speed (Can You Feel It?)" in 2002. The track peaked at #68 in the UK Singles Chart.
In 2005, Da Bass founded the independent record label Luscious Sound. His goal was to allow music artists to create their material with a minimal amount of interference from above."Snoepkes Music Reference". Users.belgacom.net. Retrieved 2013-10-14. Steffen Hung. "Swiss Charts 2001.02.04 thru 2001.02.10 Music Report". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 133. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. "Azzido Da Base Official Site". Azzidodabass.de. Retrieved 2013-10-14.