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

Hi vique, what do you want your legacy to be?
I would want people to think of me as kind, engaging and that i made a difference in the lives of people i interacted with. that i tried my best to be a good person and treat people the best way possible. and that i was unapolagetically my authentic self.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I work in the independent music world, supporting bands and musicians in achieving their goals. Whether it’s getting records pressed, t-shirts printed, tour logistics solved or talking to record stores, i love all the aspects of my job. Pirates Press Records is a wonderful record label where we attempt to foster a feeling of family and do our very best for our bands and artists. I got here from starting my own record label in 1994, learning the business side of things from doing it myself and working with many labels over the years. Our artists range from reggae (The Aggrolites and The Slackers), punk from the last 4 decades (Cock Sparrer and The Subhumans) to modern punk (Suzi Moon, The Barstool Preachers and The Drowns) and i love working with ALL of those people. The variety in my job keeps me motivated. And the fact that music changes lives, and i want to see our world change for the better.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Watts Towers is my go to place to take anyone visiting Southern California for the first time. It never fails to make me cry, the way that good art should. It exudes loneliness and longing and it’s incredibly beautiful. Lola’s in Long Beach is the restaurant I never fail to take guests to. THE best mexican food i’ve ever had. And family owned and run, huge supporters of all the good things in our community, and a pleasure to support.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think my shoutout should go to my heroes Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Because without them the music industry would be a very different place. and because they created the soundtrack to my life.

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