Soundtrack To My Life: Marteen
From the pop/R&B singer who brought you “Sriracha” and “NOTHANKYOU.,” Marteen dives into his personal archives for a genre-hopping sound trip down memory lane.
The Berkeley-bred 16-year-old has already performed across the country as a supporting act for Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage tour and recently dropped his vibrant and upbeat EP NOTHANKYOU. earlier this month. To celebrate his level-up, Marteen shared the songs that score his showers, nights out and heartache.
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Best new song you recently discovered?
The best song I recently discovered was “No Hearts, No Love” by Big Sean and Metro Boomin.
Favorite song to listen to in the car?
“Impatient” by Jeremih featuring Ty Dolla $ign is my go to slap for the car.
A song you like to sing in the shower?
“Lovin’” by PnB Rock is probably the one I find myself singing in the shower the most recently.
Best song you’ve ever experienced live?
I went on tour with Kehlani and every night she killed her whole set, but “You Should Be Here” always had the craziest vibe.
A song that inspired you?
I got so many songs that inspire me for different reasons but “Funny” by Tori Kelly is one that comes to mind because it’s a reminder to stay true to yourself, which a lot of people can forget to do in this industry.
Favorite song that you’ve written/performed on?
My favorite song that I’ve written is the title track of my EP, “NOTHANKYOU.”
A song you wish you had written/performed on?
“Lost Without You” by Robin Thicke and “All I Want Is You” by Miguel are, for sure, two songs I wish I had written. Those are some of my favorite songs, they’re so fire.
First song that you learned to play?
The first song I learned to play was “Für Elise” by Beethoven on piano, but I forgot most of it haha.
Best song to listen to on while touring?
The songs I used to get hyped to on tour were “It Ain’t Shit” by Lil Pete and “Blame EM” by Yhung T.O.
A song that represents your childhood?
“Tell Me When To Go” by E-40 represents my childhood, fasho, haha. I used to play it all the time.
A song that represents you as a teenager?
“Feelin Myself” by Mac Dre represents me as a teenager.
Best song for when you’re head over heels in love?
“Lotus Flower Bomb” by Wale is the head over heels song fasho.
Best song for a broken heart?
Kalin White “Delete My #, For Real This Time” is probably my go-to broken heart song.
A song that always brings a tear to your eye?
“The Letter” by Kehlani almost always brings a tear to my eye. Both of our moms have struggled with drug addiction, so I can relate in some ways to it.
Best song for going out on the town?
Best out of town song depends on where I’m going, but it might be “Know No Better” by Major Lazer because it gets me hyped.
A song you’re embarrassed for loving?
I’m not embarrassed of liking anything but “Glamorous” by Fergie is probably a song most people wouldn’t expect me to roll by bumping lol.
The song you’ve probably heard more times than any other?
“Come Thru” by Drake I’ve probably listened to more than any other song.
The song that means the most to you?
It’s hard to say the song that means the most to me but maybe “Yellow” by Coldplay.
The song that best describes your life?
The song that best describes my life right now is my song “We Cool” because I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m on the way.
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