Boomkat Product Review:
Per Martinsen AKA Mental Overdrive is one of Norwegian dance music’s founding fathers. Alongside friends such as Bjorn Torske, Biosphere, Rune Lindbaek and DJ Strangefruit, Martinsen was integral in laying the foundations of Norway’s now blossoming dance music scene during the late 1980s and early 90s. As a producer, he cut his teeth making house, techno and hardcore for Belgian imprints SSR and R&S Records at the turn of the ‘90s.
"He was a regular at the R&S studio in Ghent, programming and mixing for other artists including Joey Beltram. Since then, Per has continued to produce and release quality electronic music, both under his Mental Overdrive alias (see releases on Full Pupp, Smalltown Supersound, Rett i Fletta and his own Love OD Communications imprint), and as part of outfits such as Frost (alongside his other half, Aggie Peterson) and Illumination/ Chilluminati. Per is featured heavily in Ben Davis and Pete Jenkinson’s documentary film chronicling the rise of Norwegian dance music, ‘Northern Disco Lights’.
In addition to appearing on screen, he also wrote the incidental music featured on the soundtrack. He is also on a continuing mission to overthrow the evil empire of global capitalism through several projects touching in on other fields of artistic expression, and is very pleased that Juno Records once tagged him a “Weekend Situationist” in one of their reviews."