Blue Martínez @ bluemartinez


Blue Martínez @ bluemartinez

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Of course. Before Rap, I was an aspiring fashion designer. At the time, the two brands I wanted to design for were Versace, and Tommy Hilfiger. An interesting dichotomy to say the least. However, the influences came from what I saw outside in my neighborhood at the time, and what I also saw in music videos via Hip-Hop. It wasn’t until later that I understood this, and was able to draw a direct parallel as to why I loved both brands growing up. The moment I heard, and saw the music video for JAY Z’s “Hard Knock Life,” I wanted in. It resonated with me immediately because it was a visual representation of my reality. Not to mention the song itself was great. The Annie sample hit hard, his lyrical composition and cadence was great, and his confidence shinned through the track. From there, I also ended up playing my mother’s Fugees “The Score” album, which pulled me in even more. However, because of my introduction to JAY Z, I ended up going back to his first album, “Reasonable Doubt,” and his second album, “Vol. 1 – In My Lifetime.” All of that lead me to the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, NaS, and all of the greats from there. Through extensive research I found out JAY Z and The Notorious B.I.G. never jotted down their rhymes. Because I aspired to be as good as a wordsmith as them, or better, I decided to follow their path. ‘Til this day I’m still creating songs without the use of a pen.

Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?

I once performed at a Hip-Hop show I was invited to in the city (Manhattan). My first time performing at that venue, the crowd was a little stiff. They weren’t feeling me the way I expected them to. I asked the young women who invited me, “was it me, or the crowd?” She told me straight up: “you’re a great artist, but you were the one that came in a little stiff. The next time you come back, show them what they’re in for.” And so I did. I was invited back two months later, similar crowd. Because of that feedback, I performed on the mic as if my life was on the line (laughs). I never wanted to be in a position where someone had to tell me I wasn’t giving it my all. From there, I ended up performing in front of a few A&R’s from Atlantic Records in Miami for a possible distribution deal. They kept in contact with me because of that performance. A deal never transpired. However, thanks to that feedback from a few years prior, I never entered a venue putting in anything less than one hundred percent.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

It’s important to protect your mental health at all cost. If what you’re doing starts to feel overwhelming, take a step back from it. What artist in the industry have to realize is we do have time in certain cases, and situations. You just have to evaluate what you’re working on, and give yourself some breathing room if need be. Don’t get me wrong: we all have strict deadlines to meet sometimes. But you have to ask yourself: is it your fans, the label, or your team creating strict deadlines? Or, is it you? More than likely, it’s you as the artist. If a deadline has to be pushed back and announced to your fans, then do so. The world won’t crash and burn, I promise.

None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My team and I are independent. I’m a firm believer that Trakkz Daddy (producer, business partner), and Mike Dawn (manager, business partner), play a pivotal role. We all balance each other, and bring different aspects to the table. We’re al strategic thinkers by nature, but we all arrive at points differently, or present different possibilities that the other wouldn’t have thought of. Mike Dawn is all about analytics, and data. Trakkz is all about logistics, and placement. I’m all about marketing, branding, and presentation. Put those elements together, and mix them in a pot, and you have the ’96 Chicago Bulls (laughs). How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

In private, I have conversations with people about many things. Most of the time, things that don’t involve entertainment at all. I’ll give you an example … When I do have the chance, I talk to people about their goals, aspirations, and sometimes even their fears. For me, it’s important to provide people with the opportunity to talk and express themselves. I myself choose to use music as my medium for the most part. But for those who aren’t artist, they may need someone, or somewhere, to speak their mind that doesn’t involve social media platforms. I give that opportunity to people when I can. I’m also big on giving back where I can, when I can. I’m not a fan of publicizing it, and I never will, but philanthropy is a big deal to me. I like to give anonymously to originations when I can. I know how it feels to have no one, or nothing.

Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I once ran into an article from March of 2015. And the title/quote of the article was “if you don’t think photos are important, wait until they are all you have left.” That resonated with me. Coming up in the streets, I lost many people I was close to, that I loved, that I no longer had photos of because I was constantly switching my phone, and moving around. I recently found myself no longer in contact with my ex girlfriend of over 10 years. And even though we didn’t end on the greatest of terms, I kept all of her photos in my phone. We’ll never talk again. But you never know when you’ll be in a position where they pass, and you realize all you have left is the memories of what once was.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

My Twitter is @bluemartinez_, my Instagram is @bluemartinez, my soundcloud is soundcloud.com/blue-martinez-1, my LinkedIn is Blue Martinez. Hell, if you’re having a hard time looking those up, google “Blue Martinez,” and you’ll find everything you need.

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article? 

Yes. Let me be direct: don’t come into this shit without some sort of passion. Don’t get me wrong: music is a hustle, and this is the music business. Don’t be confused for a second on that. I told ya’ll on RNS, Pt. 2 that “this rap shit to me is a hustle.” However, with that being said, I take it serious, and so should you. Talent alone won’t get you in. And if it does, it won’t keep you here. Consistency and passion will determine how long you stay, and what legacy you’ll leave. And whether people want to hear it or not, the real money and satisfaction is in legacy: not the moment. Sure, you can cash out on the moment for a short period of time. But unless you have multiple sources of income before (rap), and after, the money, or the impact you’ve made, won’t last long. This industry we’re in is a marathon: not a sprint. And the pendulum will constantly swing. Therefore, stay humble, work hard, and keep grinding in the process. You’ll find yourself on top one day, and on the bottom the next. If you’re smart, and hard working, and willing to keep your