Terrace Martin is the man artists go to when they want to bridge the gap between sounds and create something fresh. The son of studio musician Curly Martin, the 37-year-old producer, multi-instrumentalist, and artist grew up surrounded by jazz in Crenshaw and Inglewood, but also his generation’s form of musical expression, hip-hop.

Martin has channeled his deep love for both genres, as well as funk, soul, and classical, into his own unique sounds and built a booming production career working with rising stars and legends across genres, from Kendrick Lamar and YG to Robert Glasper, Snoop Dogg to Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. His name was already ringing bells when, earlier this year, he won two Grammy awards for his important contributions to longtime collaborator Lamar’s brilliant 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly.