Love Out Loud with Martone

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We all know you as the Emperor of House Music, how did you come up with that name? How did you first get into this field of music –and who were some of your influences growing up?

- “you know what? You ought to use that”, and from there it is history.

I first got involved in the music business when I was 13 years old, I hosted a music video show called Video Control on public access channel 37, in Lansing, MI.

I produced, directed and hosted the show. Donnie Simpson was one of my childhood idols at the time and I wanted to be just like him interviewing celebrities about their lives and careers.

That period in my life was awesome, and I will tell you that it kept me very busy and out of trouble. If I ever meet him, I would have to thank him for being such a huge influence in my life.

Musically, I would have to say that Janet Jackson was/is a major influence on the type of music I want to sing and dance to. I will tell you that her music had been a life-saver for me. Whatever problem I was going through be-it school or matters of the heart she has always been there. Sometimes, I would just put on her music and just go off dancing anxiety away. Her music for me has always been escapism. I owe her a huge thank you if I ever get to meet her.

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What kind of training have you had, if any?

Although I still have more growing to do in that aspect I am satisfied with the final result of the project.

As for dance, I trained with Charlene Thomas for a period of time, I miss her. Recently, I trained with Zebretta Johnson before my auto-accident she is fierce and extremely talented.

What has been your favourite project to work on so far?

You have a single coming out on May 31, 2019, called Love Out Loud, how did you come up with the concept and please tell our readers what the song is about?

At the time I wrote the song I felt that I needed to do something with a positive message seeing how there was, and still is so much negativity in the world.

I wanted to do my part to combat that. I can still remember how alone I felt when I was a child struggling with who I was and coming to terms with myself.

With this song, I am saying — it is ok to be who you are.

What are some of the challenges that you face as an independent label and artist?

One other thing would be is getting friends or family members to listen to your work and really support it by buying it. Sometimes, that can be like banging your head against the wall, I have learned to stop asking certain individuals because they are not the audience I am trying to reach. Lastly, I would say is getting DJs to play your music in the club or radio station would be another challenge.

All in all, I remain optimistic because I know who my true supporters are. Honestly, they are the ones who come out to see me when I have a show. They buy my music on the first day of release because they want to see me have a great opening day. These people have my back, just like I have theirs and I am forever grateful for their support.

What has been one of the biggest highlights/achievements of your career?

Next, it would be completing my album Erogenous Zone which will be released on July 26, 2019, worldwide I consider being a personal achievement.

I say that because, of the hearing loss that has now been regained, an auto accident that caused injuries that had me push the release date out yet again.

Those are things that have happened to me but because I never give up on anything, I know how to persevere no matter what the circumstances are.

Lastly, having a top 5 single on the iTunes Electronic Dance Charts with Clayton Morgan’s Good Love which I was featured on was awesome.

If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?

Arnold Jarvis is another — I love his soulful house mixes and of course Clayton Morgan again.

What projects do you have coming up?

And of course, Erogenous Zone the album, the release date for that is scheduled for July 26, 2019.

Who or what is your inspiration?

Do you have any live performances scheduled to promote your singles and upcoming album?

Do you have any words of encouragement for an artist looking to get in the business?

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