I’m a 23 year old musician, producer, film composer, actress, gamedev. I own the label Mesmerize Records and its sister label Savant Record Series, and release music as Cata Martinez, Electric Yakuza, Krieger RD, Lucca, Surfing Arcanis, M Janet Mars and DJ E. Stiles. It’s a huge mess, I know!
How would you describe your music?
Hyperculture. I take elements from every genre, style and strain of music from every culture and place in the world, and clash them all together over all my different projects. However, each one of my projects is defined by a particular sound. e.g. Electric Yakuza can be anything from tribal punk rock to indie pop and even sludge metal and noise, as long as it has guitars on it. On the other hand, something like Lucca is defined more by the technology it’s made with and emulates, i.e. videogame chips and music.
How did you start making music?
I met a schoolmate when I was 12 that loved DOS games like Commander Keen, and adored System of a Down. We started jamming together, mixing elements from videogames, alternative metal and experimental music. I got bored with that, though, and quickly moved onto listening to Downtown music, noise and Frank Zappa. Spent a while trying to learn from there, and eventually kept expanding into synthpop, punk, funk, anything that piqued my interest.
Of all the songs you’ve made which is your favorite?
My latest songs are the ones I always listen to the most. I’m loving M Janet Mars “Spect” because it feels like one of my more mature jazz compositions, and Cata Martinez “Three” cuz I’ve been wanting to mix pop and house music properly for a while, and it feels like a step into the right direction. Also loving my DJ E. Stiles stuff, but mostly cuz it took me years to finish it and I’m just happy that it’s finally out and done.
What is your favorite music to listen to?
Depends on what I’m listening to lately too. The last months I’ve been obsessed with Paramore “Decode”, John Carpenter’s recent live studio version of “Escape from New York”, “Sayonara wo Oshiete” by Jun Togawa—which was honestly a revelation to me as a pop artist, and helped me perfect my Cata Martinez ideas and vision—, “Atlas World” by Liu Bei, and Cielo by Cielo, an album released by my new pals at Lugubrious Audio. Otherwise, I just listen to whatever song Winamp picks out of my 5400+ list of personal favorites.
Cata Martinez isn’t your only project, how many different projects do you have going on at one time?
Lately I’ve been going all over the place between each project, but I’m mostly focused right now on Electric Yakuza, M Janet Mars and Cata Martinez, mostly because of my work on the soundtrack to my friend Leonardo Medel’s film Constitución, while trying to finish the new Lucca album. Otherwise, I’m just allowing any ideas that come to mind to spring naturally into whatever folder. Like, just this month I made a new Krieger RD song after what must be about 3 years. I just let the songs happen.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
Spend time with my boyfriend, go clubbing, play videogames— currently Saints Row 2, Undertale (which I didn’t play until the hype went down), Pokemon HeartGold—, do pixel art commissions to pay the rent, and work on very secret gamedev projects. But yeah, I’m mostly making music lately cuz of the whole soundtrack thing. Very little time to rest! Oh, and posting stupid garbage on Twitter and completely wasting my time!
What’s your favorite food?
I had to give up on most of my old favorite foods cuz of pre-diabetes, but I ate a badass burrito last week so I guess that’s it for now.
Where can we find you and your music on the webs?
My music is on the Mesmerize Records Bandcamp, along with everything I’ve executive-produced; also my personal Bandcamp—which features “Nice to Meet You”, which is probably the best introduction you could get of my music—, SoundCloud (which I only use to post new songs), and YouTube sometimes. But I’m mostly on Twitter and Facebook. Also my official site, but it’s very quiet up there.