Share your life story with us.
I was born in Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn (also known as Brookdead hospital to my Brooklyn family). I grew up as an emotional kid who always wanted to find acceptance. Always fighting, always getting into some sort of trouble that I brought onto myself. I actually started breaking that tradition after going to a couple of poetry workshops with some friends. It was through building those friendships and creating songs that I had a new outlet to put current into. Music kept me out of trouble since that day and I was able to become who I am because of it. God also played the biggest role in my life when I really made a 180 with my life and became a Christian. Literally, someone sat down with me to help me understand the Bible a little deeper than I did before one summer of 2009. Now I am currently working at a nonprofit while working on my craft. I am also a husband and my wife really supports the movement. And lastly I am working on making music that is dope; but anyone can listen to; where I can share with people my life through the music I make but still keep it positive and spiritual.

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List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
First and foremost. I give my thanks to Christ! He’s the one who gave me purpose. My wife for helping out the vision, Creature of Rebalmatic: Thank you for teaching me and my peers so much about this industry! Che Rhenosonce, thank you for your advice, spiritual conversations, and allowing me to drop bars on some classic instrumentals you have, Evan Biss and the whole Major Stage crew, thanks for reaching out and giving one of the most progressive years I ever had musically, My Epifany crew (Kanoe, and Al!ve). My engineer, Rene Dez Bhudda Desrivieres and so many others! The list can go on!

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
I haven’t had the pleasure of touring; however, the studio is a pretty straight forward experience, especially if you and the people you rock with got a synergy going. I practice over and over and over until I more or less have the whole song in my head to memory, go in there and waste no time (because time is money.) Then when I record my best possible takes I listen to what we have and assist on where to place certain stems. I try to be the artist and the producer because of the vision I have. It is all about how you present yourself and that includes your body of work.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.
Usually, it comes at the most random of times. When it does come; I usually record the flow or melody on the phone and try to piece it and arrange it when I get to a comfortable space. From there I start adding words then re arrange and taking away words. I add then I trim, then I add, then I trim some more, until it is tailor made and I am satisfied. Then I go to the studio…and waste no time.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
Currently “The Protein” EP is out on the following sites:
Soundcloud

soundcloud.com/martin-hopeful/sets/the-protein-ep

Bandcamp

martinishopeful.bandcamp.com

As well as iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and so much more!
Of course new music is on the way and I got some hits for you guys.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
I usually get in contact with blogs and platforms such as you guys and reach further and wider. I also believe in word of mouth and the power of social media. I try to give them as much as my life as humanly possible.

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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
Last year! I was going to go back to school for social work and call it a day; however, I got a call from Evan Biss from Major Stage. He wanted me to be on his roster for a couple of shows but I haven’t put out anything for a while at that time. He basically put some fire under me and explained to me how I haven’t had music in a while. The fact someone actually saw my music…thought it was dope and hit me up about out of the blue brought a sense of deep awareness. People are watching, even if you feel like they think they are not watching, someone is… and you have to be prepared for that no matter what. This prompted me to get some beats from Tone Jonez and Malcolm Sef and really put my all into it. And that’s when I came up with the #ProteinEP.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
I usually hum something randomly and aimlessly. If I notice it; then I really add more meat to the bones and ask other producers to do the same. From there I create a whole song.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.
When you put your music on TV or on a movie, or in a store. That artist is owed some sort of compensation. Music licensing is to make sure that we as artists get our just desserts within the industry.

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
Facebook: Martin Hopeful
Twitter: MartinHopeful
instagram: matinhopeful
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Give us the links to your various stores.
martinishopeful.bandcamp.com
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Tell us your favourite genre of music.
Hip Hop! All the way!
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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
Most of my songs are about spreading reliability across all boards. Had an issue at work? “Well I been through that…How I got through it is this way” Having struggles believing in God? Well me too! This is my outcome…” It’s all about just helping others see how their mess was and maybe still is my mess; I was able to clean some of it up.
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Tell us all we need to know about this song.
“Marty Sicarii” is all about being a fearless person and never backing down no matter what insecurities you have. God will take care of those insecurities you take care of the rest. Get to war and battle it out!

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.
I miss CDs and walkman players. Sharing music by simply trading CD cases. Looking at booklets; digital distribution is probably easier, saves more money, and it connects the artist with the consumers in way CDs couldn’t. It makes the consumer feel like they were the first ones to get it from the artist themselves. They don’t have to get up, go to Sam Goody no more (showing my age!). When they got an email from the “artist” stating that they can download this or stream this. It’s personal.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.
Well, I haven’t made much money; however, In order to boost revenue we need to connect with every fan possible. A prime example is Jon Bellion. He came to people’s homes and played the album first hand. He had done acoustic versions of his music and personally shared it with his fans, and he has done many videos on how he created certain songs that were his fans favorites! Now he is platinum with his first single and I believe gold on his album. It is because he has connected with these fans. If you gain the fans’ trust they will ride for you!

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Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institution to study music.
Don’t spend your money at an educational institution for music business ideas. Google other artists, networking events, and the experience overall is enough to help you. I spent my money and although I got an education I probably would be in a better place career wise or financially had I just listened to my real teacher: Creature (check out his music with him and his band Rebelmatic…it is dope!). Now I am not saying DO NOT get an education. I think it is important! But get it in audio engineering, or just business. BUT NOT ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS! Getting that kind of education is helpful but why go through all of that as an artist when you can look and just build with someone who knows it and have them to share with you!

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

I feel it’s very simple…good verses that connect…a hook that ties it all in and a heart that is relentless.

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.
Recording and audio engineering lessons!

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Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.
A great personality, clarity, constant crowd control and participation.

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List your five favourite songwriters.
Andy mineo
Andre 3000
Jon bellion
Phonte
Black Thought

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List your five favourite music producers.
Tone Jonez
Illm!nd
J Dilla
Nujabes
Che Rhenosonce
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Describe in details how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.
I would imagine it would bring so much joy that I would be bawling in happiness.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.
It doesn’t matter the mood. But the best songs come when I feel super determined.


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