Martín Poblete is a harmonica player, songwriter, session musician and bandleader born in
For the last decade he’s been recognized as one of the finest Chilean harmonica players of
his generation, being featured in more than 20 albums and performing in countless stages
both inside his country and overseas.
Poblete begun his career as a blues and rock musician in 2011, taught by harmonica player
Gonzalo Araya. Since then, his musical instruction has been guided by masters such as
Mariano Cabrera (Argentina), Cristian Inostroza (Chile), Paul Linden (USA) and Joel
In 2015 he debuted with his solo project Martín Poblete & Los Retrosónicos, in which he
cultivates different genres of “old music”, such as blues, swing and folk music, always with
the harmonica as the focal point.
Martín, along with Los Retrosónicos, has released four EP’s: “Veneno” (2017), “Sol, arena y
navidad” (2017), “Los Covers Muertos” (2018) and “Claustro” (2021).
As a session musician he has worked with local bands and artists like Catoni, Pepe Derby
and La Doctrina, and also with international acts like the American rock band GSlide and
Danish dream pop band Blackie Blue Bird.
Besides that, Martín has being an active member of the Mapuche folk band Colelo Identidad
Mapuche since 2013, recording the albums “Sentir Vivir” (2015), “Canto de la Tierra” (2017)
“Alegre Rebeldía” (2020) and “We Rüpü” (2021), being the only harmonica player performing
first nation’s music within Chilean territory.
In 2019 he was granted with a scholarship to travel to Sweden and study Irish folk with
harmonica master Joel Andersson. After finishing his studies he toured and performed
around Germany, England and Ireland.
As a composer he has written music for several films, most notably “Si cae uno, vendrá otro”
(2020), “Resonará tu grito” (2020) and animated short film “La corteza de mi abuela”(2017).
In 2014 he was awarded with the first place of the national harmonica competiton Seydel
Open Chile. Later, in 2018, he got the second place.
Since 2020 he publishes educational material on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram under
the label “Cápsulas de armónica con @martinarmonica”, with many of his videos becoming
viral on Instagram.