We had the good fortune of connecting with Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Martin, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Working for myself wasn’t a choice. It was a necessity. I’ve never been one to be able to hold down a job where somebody else is bossing me around. But when I’m in charge or taking a huge role to help a team, I flourish. I think this is because I need to feel like my work matters, like I am making a difference. For me, creating something that someone can fall in love with and enjoy makes a difference. You never know what other people are going through and maybe hearing that one song brings that person the clarity they need, or just a shred of joy in their current turmoil…I think that can make a world of a difference.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It’s hard to box me in. I’m not just an artist, or a songwriter, or a producer. I DJ, I MC, I create events, I’m a graphic designer. I do everything I can to stay creative. But the things I’m recognized for the most are definitely my DJaying & my Artistry as a Musician. In both cases it was not easy to get to the point I am at now. Djaying since 14, I was taken advantage of left and right as a teenager who was looking to find ways to do the thing that I loved. Money being taken from me, being played by promoters, the whole nine. But none of that mattered because I was young and just wanted to play. Getting into college I moved to Philadelphia, and it’s a whole new city where I have zero connections. I had to start over. Starting playing in frat parties until the magical day in which I turned 21 and could start playing in real clubs. I payed one of the biggest clubs in the city once and then it took me 7-8 months from turning 21 to finally secure a residency in the city and start making a name for myself. But once I got that opportunity I ran with it and helped create some great parties, great memories, and make the most of my situation. What I’ve learned from all this is that you HAVE TO keep pushing, no matter how hard things get. There is always a light on the other side and it’s important to remain consistent. I’ve only just started showing the world who I really am through my music that I write, compose, and produce completely by myself. I think it’s important that I express myself through multiple avenues because I am a complex person with multiple facets. I’m very proud of the strides I’ve been making musically and I’m excited for when my debut EP drops. Which could be soon.
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?
Philadelphia has become my second home. Chicago is where I am originally from but Philly has this energy about it that I love and it is the place I’ve come up in. If I were to give a tour of the city I’d have to start at my favorite restaurant, Cantina Los Caballitos. It is this gorgeous Mexican Restaurant that has the best outdoor space. It’s colorful, vibrant and on this street called East Passyunk Avenue, which feels so homey and welcoming. After that we’d have to go to Jeni’s Ice Cream. I’m obsessed with Jeni’s Ice Cream. I had it for the first time when I spent the summer out in LA in 2018. And ever since I have become a Jeni’s addict. They recently opened up two locations in Philly in the past year and I’ve never been happier. After that it’s straight to Cira Green. This gorgeous rooftop green space with a small dog park and a rooftop bar called Sunset Social. There is nothing like being on an elevated green space with a panoramic view of Philly’s skyline as the sun sets on another gorgeous day. It’s magic. And if we have to go somewhere in the city for nightlife, it has to be Rec & Royal. This club is an adult’s playground. This massive space has karaoke rooms, an arcade, and a full scale club with multiple bars throughout. It is the most unique nightlife experience in Philadelphia.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is no way I could be where I am in life right now without my mom. Through guidance, love, & encouragement she has always been there to tell me that I should do what I want to be happy and not to chase anything less. Because of that I’ve always pursued the arts and always kept my creative mind alive and nurtured.
Cade Ace, Nick Hartman, Philly Breeze