“I have gone through a lot of anguish, a lot of uncertainty, it has been very difficult”
When the pandemic started Ricky Martin he was in a duality of what to do with his life when all he knew was to get on stage and deliver music, and his uncontrolled desire to want to put on the superhero cape and help the world.
He knew that both had to overcome them, because the priority was his family and being at home with them was the only option. But even though he couldn’t save the world, he could try to heal and that was his goal … “I spoke to my team and said: ‘I don’t know what is going on with this pandemic, what I do know is that we are going to find something that is going to help people heal, what is that? I don’t know, but remember that he is going to do that ‘”he tells us in an exclusive interview from his home in Los Angeles.
And out of that anguish, uncertainty and despair an EP was born, ‘Pause’, which has 6 nominations Latin Grammy and creating a new way of listening to music: Orbital Audio, the immersion of sound.
“The only thing I’ve done my whole life was to be on stage, I was going crazy and I wasn’t the only one…. I spoke to my team and said: ‘I don’t know what is going on with this pandemic, what I do know is that we are going to find something that is going to help people heal, what is that? I don’t know, but remember that this is how you are going to do it ’… From the initial intention was to create something to be able to soften a little the anxiety that we are all experiencing”Ricky tells us via Zoom, in an exclusive interview where, once again, he opens the intimacy of his feelings.
Orbital audio is a way of feeling different sounds, it is literally getting inside them, and it is only achieved through listening with headphones, it does not matter if they are very sophisticated or basic. The first test was Ricky’s EP, ‘Pausa’, where, even after recording it, he did this version. But his intention is to go much further, and that is why he speaks of healing.
“Although we started with music, all fun, all beautiful, what if we can create an application, or work on a wellness application, which focuses on meditation… We have started talking with people who work in health and they told me: ‘Ricky, I feel like there may be something here that can help people who have Alzheimer’s, who at some point had a stroke.’ There is a lot that is happening, the tentacles are of a power, they are of healing “, he tells us excited, already imagining the lives that can be changed.
One of the first tests that the creation of Martin Music Lab, perhaps one of the most difficult, was the opinion of his older children, Matteo Y Valentino :
“When they heard orbital audio, they told me:‘ Wow, how crazy. Daddy, how cool is this’… But when I told them the possibility that, maybe, in the future, they will be able to play Fortnite in audio orbital they went crazy, and obviously they initiate these creative thoughts ”.
It refers not only to the possibility of taking it to video, but to the cinema, to the idea of being able to watch a series, a movie with that sound on a tablet, a phone or a computer. He even fantasizes about the possibility of doing a concert on Orbital audio.
Ricky, he gets serious, thoughtful and although he says he is full of gratitude for the achievements in such a difficult year, he clarifies that he did not have a good time, and that this does not make him lose empathy with those who are having a very bad time.
“There are many people who are going through the most difficult time of their lives, so I come here and: ‘Look what I achieved in the middle of the pandemic’ … Conste has not been easy for me either … Many people can say: ‘Oh, Ricky Martin, in his mansion ‘… No, I have gone through a lot of anguish, a lot of uncertainty, it has been very difficult. Fortunately, I live from music, music is my religion, it makes me cry out, but it also causes me euphoria. I have been able to channel all these emotions, which are a little destructive, into something that with a good intention has managed to free me from anguish, but we continue from day to day, this is not going to happen quickly as many people say … It has been a good job intense introspection“, He assures.
But how is Ricky today?
“I am calm and I celebrate the achievements … Not every day we are smiling and optimistic, I have almost 11 months that I do not see my father, and like me there are millions of people who are going through the same thing and I focus and My eyes get watery, but soon I will be traveling to Puerto Rico and I will be able to give a hug to my dad that I miss so much and I need so much “.
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