Photographer: Christoph Haiderer ©

Rotheneder Martin

General Information

Date of Birth:  22. September 1978


Ben Martin, whose real name is Martin Rotheneder, originally comes from St. Pölten in Lower Austria and is probably one of the busiest musicians in the country. He started playing the guitar at the age of 7 and soon started a few bands, which fizzled out in the midst of first teenage heartaches, late sprawling chest hair and various other (post-) puberty tragedies. During the growing pains of teenage years, one of his greatest loves was always his instrument, which motivated Ben Martin to study jazz guitar. In this time he got intensively involved in modern jazz and blues, but also never shied away from other music genres.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1985 - 1994

school-leaving examination with a special focus on music, BORG St. Pölten

1998 - 2002

jazz-guitar, diploma with distinction

2001 - 2003

participation in various coachings around the music-business (Franz Groihs)

2002 - 2003

journalism and art-history



ever since occasionally ideman, a.o. for Julian Le Play, Matthias Fittner, Axel Wolph, Esteban's, Tyler, Ken Stringfellow


start of his solo-project Ben Martin


founder of the record label


founder of the band I Am Cereals


founding and ever since member of the progressive-independet-rock duo The Black Riders

2010 - 2013

songwriter for the well-known music-publisher Chrysalis (BMG)


guest-lecturer for song-writing


ever since artistic director of frei:raum St. Pölten, a concert-location for youth- and subcultures


founding of Jaramouche - music and dance (together with dancer Marlene Wolfsberger)


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

nomination for the Amadeus FM4 Award (together with I Am Cereals)

Discography, Projects


Ben Martin (solo)   

  • 2013: The Endless Stream Of Everything (Album, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2013: Hunderttausend Teile Puzzle (Single, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2011: Born Under Dark Skies (Album, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2007: Worn Legs (Album, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2006: The Tiny Bits And Pieces (Album, Wohnzimmer Records)
  • 2005: Travelling (Album, Wohnzimmer Records)
  • 2004: That State Of Mind (Album, Wohnzimmer Records) 



I am Cereals

  • 2011: Galaxy (Album, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2009: I Am Cereals (Album, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2008: French Parade (Single, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2007: Out of Order (Single, Violet Noise Records)



The Black Riders

  • 2010: The Guns Are Rested (Album, Violet Noise Records)
  • 2010: On the Horizon (Single, Violet Noise Records)

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