We had the good fortune of connecting with Angel Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Angel, how do you think about risk?
As an artist, taking risks is crucial for growth. You’ll never know how far you can go if you don’t push through boundaries that others might have set up for you, or maybe even the boundaries you’ve set up for yourself. Before I officially released my first project, I had so many songs/edits in my laptop just sitting there, and I would send them to friends just to help some of them get through rough times in life; even made some projects that helped certain people who had trouble sleeping (including myself). I would always have a tough time with confidence until a close friend of mine, Daniel, set me straight with some advice. He told me that there are more people out there that would benefit from some of the music I make, and because of that I released my first edit on Soundcloud and Youtube (“would that make you love me”). Noticing the impact that it made on complete strangers really pushed me to start my first EP. Taking healthy risks on who you choose to be, which direction to head towards, and against negative comments/thoughts, no matter what your mind is afraid of.. you’ll go far in life for sure.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up, I was always someone who kept everything to myself; learning how to create music and expressing myself in that sort of way, had become an outlet to me in more ways than one. I was the quiet kid who always felt alone, even when I was with a group of people and even when I was smiling. To break through that shell was tough, but my music has become such a relief in my life, because now people can understand how I’ve been feeling and with that, others who have been feeling the same way can have an outlet without harming themselves. That’s my goal; to be able to reach many people’s lives with my music so that they can know I’m here for them, and that they’re not alone. I’ve also learned that you can’t let people step all over you.. their words mean nothing and you don’t need validation to feel better in life. I’ve pushed away so many people because you soon start to notice that there are some who are with you when things are at a high, but little stay when things go down to a low. The people who are with you through the lows are the people who deserve to win with you at your highs. What you can probably take away from this is JUST BE YOU, not what others want you to be or portray you to be.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Personally, I’m a very “stay at home” type of person, but when I do go out I love to go to the Redondo Beach Pier. “I enjoy nice long walks at the beach” sounds cheesy, and that’s okay because I really do enjoy just going for a walk alongside the beach. Also, The Pike in Long Beach is a must because there’s a lot of cool little spots around there as well. Moving a little further out, I love going to LA for the food and crazy artwork displays; there’s always something to do in Los Angeles. Amusement parks, bowling alleys, the beach, golf courses, go-karting, and museums all within an hour of LA.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Daniel Magallanes. He’s been the #1 supporter for me since even before the start.

Website: https://linktr.ee/thudunk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thudunk/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_2QL_H05x0vK753rnKUPmA

Image Credits
John Herrera, Misael Alvarado

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