fjc martins - biography

Virtuoso guitarist Frans JC Martins, known as St.J. by friend and foe, started playing music early in life. He diversified on instruments playing piano, drums, guitar and clarinet. Guitar having always been the favourite, it was only natural that this became his main instrument.

The 80's 90's was also the period during which he was seen on stage with various Top40/ Cover bands. Bored with playing covers he got involved doing original music with Glaze (ex Simpliciti) a hard rock original band in the early 2000's. During the same period he completed the line-up of Atmosphere Control Unit (ACU), an electronic based trio in the Cyber Punk genre.

Alternate Minds Studios, which was built in 2002 by St.J. provided the means to record St.J's first solo album under the name St.J. - Prophesy Project, entitled "Beginnings" in 2008/ 2009 and is also the home where much of the second album "Desert Rain" was recorded in 2012. Both albums are well received and enjoy airplay on radio world-wide. The studio and Frans' many talents has been the source on other artists work and also a very strong international collaboration in the form of Dragonfly Night which released a debut album in October 2016.

As of June 2017 Frans is busy composing and working on his 3rd Album, to be aptly entitled "Free Electric Hand" due to the issues he is experiencing with the nerves, combined with Musicians Focal Distonia in his left hand. The issue was largely solved through a combined cubital and carpal tunnel release in November 2017.

In June 2018 Frans acquired a Post Production studio, Skyye Collective (Pty) Ltd,situated in the heart of Cape Town, in partnership with his son Richard. This studio mainly caters for post production in the movie, series, tv advertisement and corporate genres.

Frans continues to perform live as guitarist and vocalist in St.J Prophesy Project and acoustic rock group Fran'Co which came into being in September 2019 and as sound engineer and guitarist for one of the Church bands where he worships; Beacon Church, Langebaan. He is also actively supporting the Cape Independence drive in South Africa.