Martin Guerber - How did he become an Editor?

  • 13 June 2019
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Have you ever wondered what it would take to become a music editor? Today, Martin Guerber, our Global Rock & Metal Editor, shares with us how his passion for music helped him land his dream job:

I'm Martin and I'm the Global Rock & Metal Editor at Deezer. It's a dream job for me and I made it there out of pure passion for music and determination.

I didn't know what studies to pursue but I've always been into music, so I followed a path through business school and figured it out on the way: I was making my own music but quickly realized I'd be better working in the shadows serving artists and helping them make and share their art.

I started looking through my CDs (yes this was the year 2005 ;)) and contacting labels that I loved, and got lucky enough to work in Los Angeles at punk rock label Side One Dummy Records, and then at Green Day's management company. I also worked at a booking agency in France and a music networking event, so I basically touched on every aspect of the music industry. Then I dedicated myself to the cause of DIY artists working at the free music platform Jamendo for 6 years. Ultimately that gave me the experience in digital music curation and data that is necessary in my editor job.

I had a good knowledge of metal music when I started at Deezer but was really into some styles and not all forms of metal, but working on the playlists and exploring metal music has been eye/ear-opening, so now I can safely say something I hadn't realised before the job: I'm a metalhead!


Want to give metal a try? Here are 3 songs recommended by Martin to get you into the genre:
Metallica - One (live S&M)
It has to start with Metallica. Always! Greatest metal band in history. This song is one of the band's most accomplished works in my opinion: it's got everything from the slow intro, clean guitar leads to chugging riffs with double kick madness, and a blazing tapping solo at the end. It's got all the emotion and rage you can look for in metal music. I chose this live version because the sound of the studio version is debatable and this recording with a symphonic orchestra is to me one of the best live recordings in rock history.

Ghost - Cirice
The most accessible metal band today. Very melodic and able to channel some 70s and 80s rock/hard/heavy vibes. I chose this song because it's one of the band's finest works: I love the buildup of the intro and when the band drops the beat, it grabs you by the throat and never lets you go. The chorus is a breath of air with amazing harmonies. Oh and the double solo man! A fantastic guitar solo followed by a vicious synth solo. Just an incredible song!

Parkway Drive - Vice Grip
Unstoppable! One of today's most amazing bands to see live. This song is one of their most accessible: it's got more of a heavy rock vibe, although the melodic guitar riff you can hear in the intro definitely has an old-school metal feel to it. The gang vocals, the shifting energy, the end solo: this one's a banger. Give it all you got!

Already a metalhead? Don’t worry, Martin has some songs for you too:
Meshuggah - Bleed
Just. Phenomenal. From the first second you are ripped apart by this tidal wave of sheer brutality. This song is so technical that it took months for the band to nail it on record. Drummer Thomas Haake took more time to make this song than to record the rest of the album. "Bleed" is a huge accomplishment and a staple in extreme music.

As I Lay Dying - The Sound of Truth
This is one of my favorite metal songs. Everything is awesome in here: the riffs, the drums, the dual vocals, the breakdown... Plus one of my favorite solos of all time... My god. What a jam!

Behemoth - Bartzabel
First time I heard this song I was really impressed. It's a very interesting song in Behemoth's legacy, with a whole different level of songwriting. While still holding the darkness, doom and gloom of black metal, it remains very melodic and builds towards a fantastic solo at the end. Definitely one of the best metal songs in the past couple of years.

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Hey @Noam Asulin @Vinicius Oliveira what do you think of Martin's recommendations? Do you have other songs you think our community should check out as well?
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This is probably the dream job I always wanted. Choose Rock & Metal music all day long. Dem... Hey, I have a nice idea. Maybe you can add guest editor to every genre. Every week someone else will get the chance to put together 30-40 songs.
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It was very interesting to read the post. I'm ametalhead for sure!

I have some recommendations too :

Parkway drive - I love this band. Maybe the best metalcore band today. The latest album is a masterpiece and I would like to recommended on Chronos from there. Great song, very powerful.

Metallica - Must say I never really was into them. Most of the times I got bored from them BUT it's changed with the latest album. Every song on this album is awesome. Love it.
Moth into flame is my favorite from this album.

My last recommendation is for something I didn't think I will ever recommend. Death technical band from USA called Allegaeon. Lately they put out a new album called Apopotosis. This band is brutal. Really one of the extremities music I have ever heard (I'm not into extreme metal usually. My ears have their limits too πŸ˜‚). Anyway when I recommended on this band for my friends I tell them "Your ears are going to bleed" πŸ˜‚. I think Interphase//Meiosis is one of the best songs in the new album.

I can go on and on with recommendations. It will never end. Let's start with that.

BTW, AILD are great too!
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Hi @Noam Asulin thanks fro all these great recommendations, they seem awesome 🙌
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Hi @Noam Asulin thanks fro all these great recommendations, they seem awesome 🙌

Indeed πŸ˜€ I remember you don't love metal so they probably awesome for others πŸ˜‚
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@Noam Asulin haha, it's not so much as I don't love metal, more like it's a genre I don't know as much and it takes me some getting used to 😛
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It was very interesting to read the post. I'm ametalhead for sure!

I have some recommendations too :

Parkway drive - I love this band. Maybe the best metalcore band today. The latest album is a masterpiece and I would like to recommended on Chronos from there. Great song, very powerful.

Metallica - Must say I never really was into them. Most of the times I got bored from them BUT it's changed with the latest album. Every song on this album is awesome. Love it.Moth into flame is my favorite from this album.

My last recommendation is for something I didn't think I will ever recommend. Death technical band from USA called Allegaeon. Lately they put out a new album called Apopotosis. This band is brutal. Really one of the extremities music I have ever heard (I'm not into extreme metal usually. My ears have their limits too πŸ˜‚). Anyway when I recommended on this band for my friends I tell them "Your ears are going to bleed" πŸ˜‚. I think Interphase//Meiosis is one of the best songs in the new album.

I can go on and on with recommendations. It will never end. Let's start with that.

BTW, AILD are great too!


Hey @Noam Asulin ! Great recommendations, thanks! Last but not least - please check my "Best Metal" playlist out. It contains lots of bangers from the past - apart from Ministry, who still manage to reinvent themselves, transcend genres and release great industrial-metal music 😉

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