In the past few years, many long-time R&B fans have been listening to the music of today and wondering if the sound we all know and love might be dead.
While the vocalists are still out there and going strong on our radio waves, they have adopted more into the the Trap&B genre that has taken over the hip-hop scene.
All hope for that soul sound we remember coming alive in the 80’s and 90’s is not lost, however, as there are many new artists out there that are pushing hard to keep it alive.
The city of Dover, Delaware is the home of an up and coming R&B crooner named Marty, and he has done a beautiful job at blending old school style with new school sound.
His newest project Love & Logic captures the essence of what every R&B fan wishes would come back to our radio waves.
The Temple University student recently gave us the inside scoop on how he got his start in music, his recipe for success in the studio, and what’s influenced his classic R&B sound.
Peep the interview below, and download his project here!
How did you get your start in music?
I started rapping and singing along to songs on the radio before I could even fully form a sentence. I came up singing in school choirs and talent shows with my best friend. We decided around 16 to start producing and writing our own records and the rest is pretty much history.
Your tape “Love & Logic” is a perfect blend of old and new school R&B sounds. What’s inspired your sound & style?
I’ve been inspired by so many different styles, eras, and genres of music through my life. I love Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Pop and pretty much anything that moves me. I pull from all different genres to build a unique, yet familiar sound.
When did you realize that you could sing? What was your “a-ha” moment that told you that you HAD to try music?.
I think I realized that I could actually sing when I got my first solo in chorus, around 5th grade. I stood out among the other kids, and that was an unusual feeling. Before that day, I felt like a pretty average kid, but after you couldn’t tell me nothin’, haha.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
I could go on all day with this one. Musically, in no particular order: Mos Def, Pharrell, Kanye, Common, Andre 3000, Usher, Erykah Badu, Michael Jackson, Timbaland, Jay Z, Anita Baker, Nas, Steel Pulse, Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and my brother, Nice.
What’s one word you would use to describe your style as an artist?
When you step into a studio, what would you say is your recipe for success to make a dope track?
The key is the feeling… I have to feel the track first. No matter what kind of song I’m creating, the melody and lyrics have to come from an organic place and the beat has to move me. To keep it simple, I’ll list my steps to cooking up a dope track:
1. Find a dope beat. (I’m usually equipped with those).
2. Freestyle melodies until I find a great one.
3. Come up with creative ideas to base lyrics off of.
5. Visualize the song as a movie or video.
6. Record with that visual in mind.
Since making a song is a creative form of expression, my process is usually all over the place. I never truly approach producing, writing and recording systematically because half of the magic is in the natural flow.
If you could put any album on repeat, which album would it be?
I can listen to Baduizm all day. Magnificent vibe that never gets old.
Do you have a favorite era of music?
Gotta go with the 90’s… so much nostalgia when the music drops.
How do you feel about the music game today, especially in Delaware?
I think the music game today is excellent . We live in the age of information which allows us to access unique and groundbreaking artists across the world. By the same coin, we as artists have the power to be heard without major labels, or any label for that matter.
I think the music scene in my hometown is growing, fast. There are a lot of talented artists, producers, and DJ’s that are making waves around the state and the nation. My goal is to take it worldwide within the next couple of years and let everyone know its possible.
If you could hand off your tape to any label or clique, which one would you choose as far as where you think you fit best?
I’d hand my tape to G.O.O.D. Music. Some of my biggest influences are on the label and I think we’d mesh well.
What is your dream collaboration?
Had a dream I collabed with Tinashe last night… Imma bring that into existence. I’m a visionary, haha.
What’s up next for you for the rest of 2014?
I’m dropping another project this fall called O.T.B.M. (One Thing Bout Me). Its gonna be short, and pack a crazy punch. I’ll be shooting videos and launching my website very soon. I’m always creating new sounds so don’t be surprised to hear new heat every month for the rest of the year!