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Martian, The

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Music, People.

US musician specializing in sf-themed dance electronica. "The Martian" is Carlos "Empire" Ramirez (1980-    ), who renders his name variously as "eMpyre ramireZ" and "eMpyre RamireX" (with or without the eccentric capitalization), and sometimes simply "Empire". He produces lively, fluid, funk-inflected synthesizer music, a self-declaredly "non-corporate hip-hop" with a high genre quotient. Releases include "Meet the Red Planet" (1992), "Sex in Zero Gravity" (1993), "Journey to the Martian Polar Cap" (1993) – perhaps his most fully accomplished piece, beautifully atmospheric – and "The Long Winter of Mars" (1994). An album, Red Planet (1999) continues the Mars theme. [AR]

Carlos Ramirez

born 1980


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