We had the good fortune of connecting with David Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, how do you think about risk?
Well, I think a life without risks is not life at all. Of course, when you are on your 20’s it is easy to go ahead and take risks even if they are unnecessary (not that I did it many, many times). But when you are on your second round of 20’s (other people call it 40’s for some reason), you think more than twice before taking risks. I do not know if that reason is the same for everybody, but for me it is my family what made that change on my risk-taking mentality. Nothing wrong with family, on the contrary, when you are on your own, you know that you are going to be the only one that gets affected by taking that risk, but with family now I know they are going to be affected too by taking that step of faith sometimes, and I do not want to see my wife and kids in a bad situation because I decided to take the wrong decision. But after being married for almost 20 years, and being blessed with two kids, I have learned that taking risks is what makes us stronger as a person and also as a family, and it is actually better to do it together, because if I fail, they are there with me to help me to try again, and the best part if I succeed, we all do it together too, it is not just me reaching a goal.
My family is part of my music career; in fact, I would like to call it our music career. When I am thinking about starting a new project, sometimes it is the budget, or time, or some other facts, but at the end of the day, they encourage me to do it, and we are going to make it happen together. When I decided to open a music school a couple of year ago, they not only encouraged me to go for it, but they also work with me every weekend setting up instruments, chairs, tables, everything to make sure the school look great every weekend. So, what role has taking risks played in my life and career?, well without risks, I would not be here today writing as a musician, I would not have my own music school, and I am pretty sure I would probably not be happily married and enjoying every day with my kids. I think life is boring without risks…
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I love music, I have been playing guitar since I was 10. I love to arrange music on different genres for other artist, from Latin styles to Jazz Fusion, I like to write music, compose and arrange for strings, horns and I like the challenge to write on new styles when the opportunity presents. Few years ago, I decided to put together different ideas I have been playing and start writing my own compositions in the style of Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Jazz Fusion, so I came out with my project call “By Hands”, which is a blend of all these styles I love. Lately, I have been composing new songs for my new project, there are 3 singles out there already: “Conmigo, Bito’s Land, and Simple Talk”, and I am working on other seven songs, soon to be released. It has not been an easy road, but I think having the right attitude not only helps to get to the end, but it also brings the right people to your life, people that support what you do, people that work with you, and people that help you to get to the end of that project and start a new one. So, I think to overcome challenges you need the right attitude to keep going, but also, you definitely need to be surrounded by the right people. Because, even with the right attitude, sometimes we all reach that point of frustration and disappointment, but if the right person is right next to you, you will hear the magic words “keep going, you can do it”. I think one of the most important lessons I have learned came from my father, who always says “You have to finish whatever you started”, and he is right, if you do not keep going, you will never know what is at the end, sometimes you will find disappointment at the end, but with the right attitude that disappointment can become a good lesson. But many times, at the end you will definitely find success, new ideas, new friends, something new, something good, I do not know, but that is the point, you won’t know until you get to the end.
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?
Probably Sequoia National Park, the view and nature are amazing and relaxing at the same time. Or, Maybe they’d like to join me on my journey…I been having this idea of trying all the different kind of chicken sandwiches, so why not, see what is on the road so we can try them out. And, I will definitely find a place where we can go and play soccer for a couple of times, that definitely has to be on our itinerary, specially after trying healthy chicken sandwiches.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my wife Melody and my kids Jathan and Tobey, who always support me on everything I do. My incredible manager and good friend Susan Frias, who always believe on my music and encourages me to compose a more songs. My first guitar mentor and really good friend German Giordano who introduced me to music.
David Martinez Uziel Colón (Piano) Abraham Laboriel on Bass.