POPSHOP aka Martin Akeret was born in 1975 in Winterthur, Switzerland. Since 1996 he has been living in Zurich and has been working as a graphic designer and desktop publisher. He's also interested in fotography, film, art, exhibitions and sports (marathon). Martin has been studying classic piano and jazz piano for 6 years. In the year of 1992 he left conventional music and discovered the possibilities of electronic music. He made first steps as co-producer before he started his own label Poetenpop Records in 1997. From then he released his music using aliases such as Gary Rich, Drama or Drama Martini.
In 2001, after an intensive and hard work, he produced his very important album «My FRIEND FRIGO LP». This record was loved by the press and the public in the same way. Now the Popshop-«Trademark» was born: A new mixture between «futuristic detroit techno» and «electronic advanced pop». A kind of music which doesn't just fit in one category because it's a mix of many different styles like electro, pop, house, digital funk, techno, post wave, indie and it has always got a special personal flair because of the voices, vocals and lyrics.
In May of 2002 Oliver Kapp, head of Indulge/Raygun (Hamburg) signed Popshop for his album «SALON BIZARRE», which appeared worldwide via Intergroove on CD and Double-Vinyl. The album received a few N°1-Chart-Features, namely in De:Bug, in Groove Mag/D. This album also contained a video clip called «Role Model», played on VIVA Swizz and VIVA Germany. This clip also had a special appearance in the broadcasting show «Electronic Beats» on VIVA.
One year later, in 2003, another outstanding album «THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US» was also released with Raygun. Due to the good feedback, Popshop was invited for two live shows to Montreal (Canada) in December 2004.
In 2007 it was time for a change: «NEW BONES» appeared as digipac album and 12" limitied vinyl on the Alpinechic label followed by the EP «Plaisir Noir» on Stattmusik (2008) and accompanied by a special highlight: The famous UK act Zoot Woman engages Popshop as their tour support for the Swiss live gigs. Finally, «A WARM PLACE WITHOUT MEMORY» is the title of the current Popshop album with the awesome video clip of «Basic Life Support» which was selected for the best of at «CH-Filmszene» on television SF1.