1 in Music met with Pop star Martone for the release of his latest music work, described as “Fearless, Sexy and Seductive”.#TEOM | The Evolution of Martone Deluxe Edition is powerful with a playful edge and deep penetrating dance beats designed to get you moving on the dance floor. Conceiving it in the summer of 2014, a time when he had decided that he wanted to do more with his career, Martone began to write songs about love, hanging out with friends and clubbing. He then tapped his cousin Michael Williams, II, a notorious producer in the mid-west from Plantinum Keyz Recordings to produce the album The Evolution of Martone. The singer notes “For all that I experienced in my personal life, the odds were against me. I defied the odds and when someone told me what I could not do, I showed them that I could and I did.”
1inmusic: What is unique about you and your music?
Martone: I would have to say that the most unique thing about my music is that it’s a blend of my musical tastes throughout the years that makes perfect sense to the listener. I can say without a doubt that there is nothing else out there like it. With that, I believe that it will remain timeless.
1inMusic: What shaped your music and who supports you?
Martone: Experiences in love and careers has shaped my music. The biggest supporters of my music would have to be my husband, best-friend Ramon, my Aunt Deborah, and my dear friend Grace McClelland who sadly passed away last year. Those are the ones who buy my music every time something new comes out.
1inmusic: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
Martone: It was about 18 months ago. Initially, I was only going to do a single. It became addictive after I heard my first track, This Love.
Then I told my cousin, Michael who is my main producer that I wanted to do a full album.
1inmusic: What type of music do you listen to?
Martone: I listen to feel good music, music that makes me want to dance like Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna. When I want to feel sexy, I put on Jill Scott 1st and 2nd Album.
1inmusic: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
Martone: Janet Jackson, even though she has achieved so much in her career, broke multiple records, and received countless awards. She is still not inducted into the Hall of Fame of music, to me that is the saddest thing and there is no excuse for it. She is the blueprint for all that inspire to be dance artists, she is influential to many major artists in the world especially women.
1inmusic: How do you prepare for your performances?
Martone: I try to relax. I do get anxious, not nervous and that should not be confused as such.
1inmusic: What ignites your (song) writing flow?
Martone: Sometimes it could be something that I had watched on television, or a conversation that I had with my husband, or friends – or a situation that may be going on business wise. Those types of things fuel the creative aspect. It varies, I tend to be very deliberate when it comes to writing, even in conversation. I want to make sure that I make my point.
1inmusic: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Martone: When am I not doing music? Lately, I really love to help others with their dreams and aspirations, whether it’s coming up with a design, preparing for a job interview, or even learning a new skill. It feels good to feel needed in such a way.
1inmusic: Success to you is…
Martone: You ask a lot of good questions. Thank you. In addition to being an artist, I am a business man too. One of my main focus is
album sales. Without it nothing would get done such as videos for the singles – I am not hard to please mind you, I think that
success is being able to enjoy life with very little worry. I’m heading in that direction.
1inmusic: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
Martone: I wish that I was told that everyone is not going to feel your music the way that you think they will. That most of the people that you have helped along in their careers will not be there for you like you were for them.
I am not bitter, I am just being honest, and it is okay to be honest right? Another thing, I wish that I was told that there would be ebb and flow. But when it flows that those that ignored you will flow towards you and you have to know how to deal with that.
1inmusic: Any upcoming projects?
Martone: I am currently working on a song called Rippin’ the Runway for fashion week. It’ll be out in September on a B-side for the Office Politics single. I am currently working on a new album, there will be a new one in the second quarter of 2017.
1inmusic: Thank you for answering our questions! Last thing, where do we find your music?
Martone: #TEOM | The Evolution of Martone Deluxe Edition is available everywhere online where music is sold such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus.
I do have a physical distribution deal with CDBaby, you can have it delivered directly to your home, go into any store and request that they order it.
You can go to my website www.martoneonline.com/store and with purchase I will personally send out an autographed copy to you.