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The Martinez Brothers International Interview

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1) Tell me what area you are both from originally, what nationality
you are, also if you play any instruments?

     We are of Puerto Rican decent; originally from the Bronx in New
York, we were born and raised there until about 3 years ago when we
moved to Monroe, which is in upstate New York. We play various
instruments; we started playing percussion when we were very young
about 7 yrs old, and later we started picking up things like
keyboards and bass, but our main instruments would have to be
percussion.

2) What do your teachers and friends at school think about what you
do, what do they say? Are they envious? Do they treat you
differently?

     Well we tried to keep it very under wraps, especially when we
were in the Bronx, nobody really knew what we were up to, but when we
moved upstate it was a little different because a lot of the kids
from out neighbourhood go to clubs in the city and are into house
music and techno and stuff like that... One time we were playing a
gig at Pacha, and these two girls came over and said, "We live in
Monroe" and we were like wow!...but even then we tried to keep it
very discreet, people didn’t really start finding out until the New
York Times article came out; that’s when a lot of the teachers and
people in our neighbourhood found out... but yeah, it can be weird at
times, but we've never experienced any type of envious behaviour or
anything like that, lets just say the kids out here really like us!
lol

3) Do you sometimes feel like house music and DJing takes a priority
over school / college. What would your dad say about that?

     Right now house music definitely does not take priority over
school, it comes first and it shows in our touring schedule and the
limitations to some of the gigs that we can and cannot do...During
the school year we can only do gigs on the weekends, with the
exceptions of holidays..and if the rare occasion where we want to do
a gig on a school night or Sunday, it’s made very clear to us that we
still have to go to school the next day. Our dad is very stern about
this, so if we want to play we have to do the school thing.

4) Where has DJing taken you to around the world to date, name some
of the places?

     It has taken us to a lot of places, places like Pacha in Ibiza,
She in Barcelona, Djoon and Social Club in Paris, Watergate in
Berlin, Bbc, Buddha club in Portugal, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia,
Hong Kong, Tokyo, Switzerland, London, Italy, los Angeles, Hawaii,
many many many places lol.

5) How has your father guided you so far?

     Our father is really an amazing person and has made this
possible for us to do this. He went to places like The Loft and the
Paradise Garage, so he was extremely instrumental in getting us into
music... he taught us that if we really wanted to do this, we had to
learn the roots of music, the funk, soul and disco before we could
get into house music, because at the end that’s where this music
comes from... The more and more we got into music, the more we
realized that this is something we wanted to do, and as soon as we
made him aware of this, he was supportive of it; I’m sure every
parents dream is for their kids to become doctors or lawyers, but its
every kids dream that there parents are supportive of what they want
to do, and that’s what he's been, very supportive.

6) Do you think that people consider your age as a gimmick? What
would you say to those people? Have you had any negative responses?

      There are definitely many people that do, but it’s mostly
because there’s a lack of youth in the scene at all. When you think
about genre's like hip- hop or pop, there’s an abundance of young
teen stars, and they are never considered gimmicks because if you pay
attention to the core audience, its all young people, and it would
only make sense for there to be younger artists. So because the core
audience and fans of house music are much older then we are, it’s
very easy for us to be labelled gimmicks since we are part of a few
young people who are into this music. At the end of the day, whether
we are young or not, we can’t expect everyone to like what we do. So
to those who are, respect, and to those who aren’t, utmost respect as
well.

7) How do you have such a good knowledge of old records?

     Well like we stated earlier, we had a very good education early
on by our father who knew many of the older records that were played
at The Garage or The Loft. But we also did our own research, going on
sites like discogs and learning about the core records of those
times. Listening to Larry mixes, Ron Hardy mixes, Humphries, Scott,
Regisford and just being educated and doing research constantly. We
met people such as Elbin Reyes and Tony Rinaldo, Charlie from Vinyl
Mania, who have record collections that would rival many collectors.
So they were also very instrumental to introducing us to a lot of the
old school stuff. So yeah, just always doing research and never being
afraid to learn more, which in our opinion is a very key thing?

8) Who are the producers that you wish you could be like? Give me a
few examples.

Wow! There are many. Of course people like Masters at Work, who were
and still are influential to pretty much everyone in dance music.
People like Joe Clausell and Martin Buttrich whose records are
sonically some of the best i've heard. Dennis Ferrer of course, he's
taught us so much and amazes us each and every time, an extremely
forward thinking producer and even of you're not into everything he
does, there’s always something to learn from his productions. Kerri
Chandler, which we shouldn’t even have to speak on his genius, it’s
just evident. Jerome Sydenham, another genius, has so much knowledge
about music. Radio Slave, which has been in our books constantly
these last few years. Even people like Herbie Hancock, j Dilla, DJ
Premier, who aren’t house music, but amazing producers in their own
right. So many to name, we could go on forever really lol.

9) What was it like to be written about in the New York Times, how
did it make you feel when you first saw it? Was it accurate and who
did you show?

     It was really amazing; we couldn’t believe it until we actually
saw it. It was really an honour considering the fact that they don’t
really feature any articles on dance music and their artists, so that
was extremely cool. It was extremely accurate which was also a plus.
We only really showed our really closest friends and family. The rest
have just seen it by themselves, lol.

10) How do you feel about having a pastor at your gigs when you play?

     God has always been a very important thing in my family and
anybody who knows my dad and attendeds his church, knows that he was
probably the coolest pastor you could ever meet. It really wasn’t
strange at all, because we know why we were into this, not to party,
not to get high or get drunk, not even to get girls, lol, but
strictly just for the music. And he understood that and it was cool
for him, because he really loved the music as well. It was a
completely innocent thing and it still is, so we never mind him being
there, enjoying the vibes with us.

11) Tell me about your journey with Dennis Ferrer and what he has
done to help you develop your sound.

     Dennis Ferrer, has been extremely instrumental in all of this.
Not only on the music and production, but also on the business side
of things and on life in general and he's become really like family.
He taught us so much about production, teaching us the ins and outs
of different programs, keyboards, software and on how to make records
in general. We have spent countless hours in his studio just
observing and listening and on the way we were also able to work
together on some projects on his album and other things. It’s really
been a constant learning experience and has been a blessing to have
him be apart of our lives and careers. We really couldn’t have picked
anyone better to have as our mentor and we have a genuine love and
respect for each other, which is key, especially in this business.

12) What was the inspiration behind the sound of Debbie Downer, and
why did you call it that? How well have your other tracks done?

     Well we were in Berlin in the studio with Argy and had been
working on some other tracks before this one and weren’t really
completely feeling the tracks. So we took a break and went for a
walk, where we met up with a friend of his. They begin to talk, and
she begins to talk, mostly about depressing things and just brought
our mood so down. We left with our heads hung low, and we told him
"In New York, we call a girl like that a Debbie Downer" and I
explained to him what that was. That night we decided to work on an
entirely new track. We did the drums, which we made a point to be
very bottom heavy and housey but something was missing. Argy pulls
out this vocal he had and we began to loop it up, and the way we
looped it, and the words she was saying, we decided to call it
"Debbie Downer", because the vocal sounds as if she is complaining
about something, so that was that. In that same week we went home and
laid down "Where's Mr Brown” in about 2-3 days, which also had a very
beautiful response and heard it played many times. We also had "My
Rendition" which also did very well for us. We don’t want to put out
anything that is not quality, everything we put out must be top
quality or it will not be put out at all.

13) How important is your image to you? How do you want to be
perceived by people?

     Well we can’t really help the way people view us, because at the
end of the day we are jus being ourselves and we let the public make
their own judgements I guess. So its important but then again its not
because, we just present ourselves to people, the way they receive or
perceive it, is entirely up to them, but we're not going to change
who we are no matter what.

14) Do you believe what people say about you representing the future
of House music? What do you really think?

     Hmm, I don’t know if we really want that burden on our back lol,
we’re just having fun and doing what we love, not really thinking
about whether we're the future or the saviours of house. With that
title I guess would come many responsibilities and obligations that
would just make it not fun, and if this was to ever become not fun
(which we highly doubt) then we would just have to move onto
something else, because we really just want to have a good time and
present ourselves to people. These days, we see so many people who
take this music so seriously and forget to have fun, they want to
critique everything and everyone but they forget about why people go
out to hear djs in the first place, and it’s to have a good time, and
forget about the real world for a few hours. So we say, lets just
have fun lol

15) What does the label Strictly Rhythm mean to you? What are the
tracks on the label that you particularly feel?

     Strictly Rhythm records have been in our boxes since we got into
the music. Songs like "Beautiful People" and "When you touch me",
have been staples for us. There was always something for everyone, "I
Get Lifted”, for the soulful heads, and Lil Mo Yin Yang "Reach" for
the bigger rooms. So Strictly really means a lot to us, we've learned
a lot from this label and we're glad that it back and putting out top
quality again!

16) What have you done with your new mix? Tell me a bit about it.

     Well we've incorporated many of the classic Strictly tracks
along with some of the current ones that we're really feeling. Not to
mention some of the tracks that are out there that we play out. We
really wanted to showcase, or try to showcase how we play, our style
from our selection to our mixing. Some of the edits, we did live,
doing live type remixing, so it’s just a showcase of strictly but
also of our style as djs.


17) What do you think you can do for the label? What does the label
expect you to do for it?

     Our ultimate goal with the label and our careers in general is
to expose younger people to the music as possible. Strictly is a huge
force in the dance music industry and combines with our youth I think
that creating a new demographic for this music would be the ultimate
satisfaction on our parts.

18) What is your ultimate goal at this stage of your career?
     Well definitely putting out more productions and staying
consistent with that and also our djing. But as we said before
getting more younger people exposed to the music and just to continue
having a good time as much as we can. We're having so much fun riding
this wave, so it’s going to be interesting where we're taken to next.
19) This bit is for you to tell us about anything that you think we
have missed.

     We just want to thank everyone for the love and support, God
Bless!

				
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