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About Martin Rizzola

The #1 percussionist in the UK! I've played in festivals Lollapalooza, Sònar Bs. As. & MUTEK. Crowd enhancer profesional. Team player!
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Having played in some of the best world's festivals and venues such as Lollapalooza, Sònar Buenos Aires, Cosquín Rock, MUTEK, Electric Brixton and Troxy, this talented percussionist definitely knows how to make a good show and enhance the crowd. Martin has been breathing music for more than 15 years, having played in festivals, clubs, parties and venues alongside DJs and bands of many different genres, from House Music to Reggaeton, Latin, Rock & Pop, Funk, Soul and so many others. His full set includes compact congas, bongó, darbuka, djembe and accessories, being able to deliver an extremely versatile set of timbers and sounds, adapting to any space, from huge stages to small places. His maximum playing time has been in the city of London with a record of 4hs almost without breaks. This is due to his passion, training and discipline. You won't find another percussionist as passionate as him. Besides being a great composer and improviser, Martin's most important attribute is his enthusiastic attitude to enhance the crowd. He is definitely the right person to play percussion alongside djs and bands of any genre at any kind of event. Hiring Martin is hiring experience and quality.

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Martin Rizzola's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Anne C
29 days ago
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5 out of 5

Martín was great fun and really got the party going!

From other customers:

Defected R
4 years ago

"Killed it!"

Emma (
4 years ago

"The moment you started playing... that was the highlight of the party"

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Martin Rizzola's Song list

This list is a solid reference of tunes I have played or learned for different gigs/events. Definitely more can be added according to the client requirements.
Current Pop/Standard Party Tunes
Cheap Thrills - Sia ft.Sean Paul
Light it Up - Major Lazer
Lush Life - Zara Larson
Runnin - Naughty Boy ft. Beyonce
Black Magic - Little Mix
Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake
Only Girl in the World - Rihanna
Price tag - Jessie J
No One - Alicia Keys
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
We Found Love in a Hopeless Place - Rihanna
Domino - Jessie J
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Firework - Katy Perry
Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
I Wanna Be Your Lover - Corrine Bailey-Rae/Prince
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor B
Chandelier - Sia
Titanium - David Guetta D
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Good Luck - Basement Jaxx
Candyman - Christina Aguilera
Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys
Treasure - Bruno Mars Dm
Born This Way - Lady Gaga
Umbrella - Rihanna
Rudeboy - Rihanna
Tik Tok - Ke$ha
Toxic - Britney Spears
Lips Are Moving - Meghan Trainor
Roar - Katy Perry
Bang Bang - Jessie J, Arianna Grande & Nikki Minaj
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Forget You - Cee-Lo Green
Work It Out - Beyonce
Happy - Pharell Williams
The Way - Arianna Grande
Rude - Magic DPOP - Slow and Fast
POP - Slow and Fast
All of me - John Legend
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Billionaire - Travie ft Bruno Mars
Can't stop the feeling - Justin timberlake
Cheap Thrills(Male part) - Sia ft Sean Paul
Cheerleader - OMI
Cosmic girl - Jamiroqui
Counting Stars - One Republic
Dynamite - Taio Cruz
Forever - Chris Brown
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Gimme Everything tonight- neyo Pitbull
Good Kisser- Usher
Happy - Pharell
I Got A Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
I can't feel my face- The Weeknd
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Let her go - Passenger
Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
Locked out of Heaven- Bruno Mars
Marilyn Monroe- Pharell
No One Alicia Keys
Price Tag- Jessie J
Rude - Magic
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Say Something - A Great Big World ft Christina
Shallow - Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper
Shape of you - Ed Sheeran
Sorry - Justin beiber
Shut up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Stay With Me- Sam Smith
Thinking out loud- Ed Sheeran
Timber - Pitbull kesha
Time of My Life - Black Eyed Peas
Treasure- Bruno Mars
Waka Waka - Shakira
wake me up- Avicii
Yeah!!! - Usher
La Vida Es Un Carnaval - Celia Cruz
Bailamos - Enrique
La Bamba - Los Lobos
Smooth - Carlos Santana
Oye Como Vas - Carlos Santana
Mambo #5 - Lou Vega
I need to know - Mark Anthony
Ai se eu te pego - Michel Telo
Livin la vida loca - Ricky Martin
Suavemente - Elvis Crespo
Hips don’t lie - Shakira
Macarena - Los Del Rio
Danza Kuduro
All of Me - Frank Sinatra
Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Cuando Cuando Cuando - Michael Buble
Cupid - Sam and Dave
Guantanamera - Sandpipers
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
I Need To Know - Ricky Martin
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
L.O.V.E - Michael Buble
New York New York - Frank Sinatra
Save The Last Dance - Drifters
Song Song Blue - Neil Diamond
Spanish Harlem - Ben E King
Tennesee Waltz - Anne Murray
Moon Dance - Michael Buble
Ain't Too Proud To Beg Temptations
Brick House Rick James(Commodores)
Cruisin' Smokey Robinson
I Feel Good James Brown
I Just Called Stevie Wonder
Lately Stevie Wonder
Let's Get it On Marvin Gaye
Lets Stay Together Al Green
Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
My Girl Temptations
Proud Mary Tina Turner
Signed Sealed Delivered Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch Four Tops
Superstition Stevie Wonder
Under The BoardWalk The Drifters
what's Going On Marvin Gaye
Master Blasters jamming Stevie Wonder
Love Really Hurts Without You Billy Ocean
Endless Love Lionel Richie Diana Ross
All Night Long Lionel Richie
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Bad Mamma Jamma - George Clinton
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Brick House - Rick James
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Every Breath You Take - Sting and The Police
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Fresh - Kool and the Gang
Fight for your right to party - beastie boys
Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang
Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band
Hey Baby - DJ Otzi
Hot Stuff - Cindy Lauper
I Will Survive
I'm Walking On Sunshine
Islands In The Stream - Begees
Ladies Night - Kool and the Gang
Lets Go Dancing - Kool and the Gang
Let's Groove Tonight - Earth Wind and Fire
Night Fever - Begees
Night Shift - Commodores
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Proud Mary
Sexy Thing (you) - Hot Chocolate
Shake Your Bootie - KC and the Sunshine Band
Staying Alive - Begees
What Is Love
YMCA - Village people
Disco Inferno - Kool and the Gang
Dancing on The Ceiling - Lionel Richie
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Joanna - Eddie Grant
Simply the Best - Tina Turner
Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
September - Earth Wind and Fire
With or Without You - U2
Crazy Little thing Called Love - Queen or Michael Buble
Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Summer of 69' - Bryan Adams
Always On My Mind - Daville
Angel - Shaggy
A message to you RUDY - the specials
Ball Room Floor - Bunny Wailer
Be Strong - Barrington Levy
Bring Me Your Cup - UB40
Buffalo Soldier - Bob Marley
Comfort Zone - Busy Signal
Coming In From The Cold - Bob Marley
Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley
Crazy Baldheads - Bob Marley
Don't Turn Around - Aswad
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bob Marley
Down by the River - Morgan Heritage
Equal Rights - Peter Tosh
Exodus - Bob Marley
English Man in New York - Sting
Get up Stand Up - Bob Marley
Gideon Boots - Richie Spice
Here I Am - UB40
Human Nature - Tarrus Riley
I Feel Good Beres - Beres Hammond
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley
I Wanna Love You - Bob Marley
If Loving You Is Wrong - Glen Washington
Jamming - Bob Marley
Just A Little Bit Longer - Maxi Priest
Keep On Moving - Bob Marley
Lip up fatty - bad manners
Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens
Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley
Love and Affection - Pressure
Night Shift - Busy Signal
No Disturb Sign - Beres Hammond
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
One Love - Bob Marley
One More Night - Busy Signal
Red Red Wine - UB40
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Reggae Night - Jimmy Cliff
Rockaway Beres - Hammond
Roots,Rock,Reggae - Bob Marley
Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley
She's Royal - Tarrus Riley
She's Still Loving Me - Morgan Heritage
Some Guys Have All The Luck - Maxi Priest
Stir It Up - Bob Marley
Strength of a Woman - Shaggy
Sweat - Inner Circle
The Way You Do The Things You Do - UB40
The World is a Cycle - Richie Spice
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Too Experienced - Barrington Levy
Turn Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
War - Bob Marley
Who The Cap Fits - Bob Marley
Wild World - Maxi Priest
Don’t Cry - Lucky Dube
It Wasn't Me Shaggy
Big Ship
Everything is Still Everything Morgan Heritage
The Israelites Desmond Decker
Gimme Likkle One Drop Tarrus Riley

Martin Rizzola's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£450
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Usually when I am hired for a job (wedding, event, birthday, etc.) I save the whole day for it, so time changes are never a problem, I am really flexible about that.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I could definitely provide DJ services with my equipments, but that would imply an extra cost, besides the one listed for my percussion services.

How much time do you need to set up?

As much as possible, being able to build my full set in 25 min in an extreme occasion. Then you should add the time it takes to the audio engineers to mic and check everything is sounding properly.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I do bring all my instruments and stands to deliver my show. The only thing I don't provide is the PA and mics.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Definitely, I am a great improviser so I have no problem to play a last minute song added at the list. Just ask and I'll play!
Latin, Christmas, Film / TV music, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Electro-Swing, Electronica, House, Techno, Jungle, Ibiza club, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Experimental, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Funk rock, Funk, Disco, Covers, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Top 40, Soul, Motown, Hip Hop, Rock, Alternative rock, Indie, Pop rock, Power rock, Synth rock, Progressive rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Argentinian, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Caribbean music, Cuban music, Cumbia, Merengue, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Ska
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Sound technician, Producer, Drum technician, Accompanist, Ableton Live, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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