We had the good fortune of connecting with Sammi Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sammi, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Call me a dreamer, but from a very young age, I was running around telling everyone I wanted to be a popstar. I grew up with music all around me. With my mom being a piano teacher and the pianist at my church, I grew up learning piano at a young age and singing more than I talked. As I got older my passions never changed, but reality started to set in that my chances of being a “popstar” were not as high as I hoped they’d be. When I got into writing music and playing guitar, I started thinking about how I could turn my dreams into a reality. I certainly don’t have all the answers, and it’s still very challenging to ignore all the people who tell you that you’ll never make money or build a stable life when you’re working as a musician. But ultimately, all I want to do is focus all of my energy towards making a career for myself and be able to say that I gave all I got. The love I have for writing, singing, playing, and performing is enough to make me want to do this for the rest of my life. And if that’s what makes me happy, then all the struggles that come with it are just details.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I typically describe my music as pop with some alternative, rock, and folk influences. When I write, my main goal is always to tell a story, because that’s the music I always connect to the most. Most of the time, I use writing as a coping mechanism, as if every song is just a diary entry of whatever is going on in my life. And recently, I’ve been trying to expand farther from myself and try writing songs about other people in my life, or fictional people, where I can build a world and a story around them. More than anything, I’ve always wanted to write songs that people can connect and relate to, that can express what they’re feeling through music. I’m very excited to be working on some singles that I can release, because I feel like my style and my writing has evolved so much since the last time I was able to record my music. It definitely hasn’t always been easy to be a local musician. I think the biggest struggle, and I’m sure many local musicians can attest to this, is feeling motivated to keep working when things seem to not go your way, or you’ve been working for so long and you don’t know what your next step should be to further your career. There’s no one pathway to success for musicians, so you kind of have to make it up as you go. I think that’s been the toughest part. Something I’ve learned and try to remind myself of, is that there is a corner for everyone in the music industry. Just because some people don’t like your music doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who will, and there is a market for it. Music taste is very subjective, so it’s just a matter of finding the people who want to hear what you have to say.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love finding small businesses like coffee shops and local restaurants to check out, and I feel like the Phoenix area has an endless amount of them! I’d also, of course, take my friend to check out local music venues or if I had any friends playing a show that night, I’d bring them there!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my support system, including my family and friends who have encouraged me to pursue my love for music from the beginning.
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