We had the good fortune of connecting with Ricardo Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ricardo, how do you think about risk?
I think risk is a necessary evil. Because of risks you move, you dare to do new things, you develop certain strengths you eventually will need to face your own life, you walk different paths in life and therefore you could choose the right one for you. In my case, several risks shaped my life/career: the risk of getting out of my birth country with a goal to achieve, the risk of arrive to a different country and start all over again, the risk of try new things and walk out of the confort zone, among a host of other risks that constantly embellish my life. All those risks have been shaping my life and career as no other force would have done it and I really appreciate that. Maybe at the beginning they seem huge, but it’s a matter of time, will and effort and suddenly, they become pathways to glory.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a musician: I’m a professional bass player and I have earned throughout my career 9x Grammy participations (6 nominations and 3 wins). I’m proud to have 35 years of professional experience and have played either in local Jazz clubs or local bars, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, middle-size venues to the most iconic and important venues in the world as a touring musician (Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, The Forum, Wang Theater, Auditorio Nacional de Mexico, among many more). At the beginning it was very difficult to compete in the local music scene in order to develop a name as a bassist, being from another country, but the quality and professionalism, patience and focus eventually paid off and ended up playing with a major, iconic artist (Chayanne) and from then on, everything has been upwards, including the soon release of my first Jazz album as a soloist. As an author: I’ve published 4 books. One action/suspense novel, one compilation of short-stories, one drama novel and one investigative treaty (the only non fiction) which deals with religion, science and occultism. I just finished my first feature film screenplay and already out 2 short-films. Several of my short-stories have been published on specialized literature portals. I love to write and everything where the action of writing is involved I’m going to be there. I have a blog and I have three more novels already in the making, as well as two more screenplays. I constantly practice journalism as well, either on my personal blog or any other public platform.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Eat: Maroosh in Coral Gables. The best mediterranean restaurant hands down. Drink: any place in Miami Beach or Brickell
Hang out: Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Brickell, Design District, Art Deco District, Lincoln Road.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It will be very long the list of agents, that in one way or another, helped me throughout my career. I can try to compress the list. My family, which actively, passively, by example or by negative examples, has been helping me all the way. This country (USA) which has been generous enough to allow me to work for my goal in the most honest way.
My friends, which as my extended and consciously chosen family, have been helping me all the way.
Music & Literature, which without them, I wouldn’t be able to meet the people I’ve met, visit the places I’ve visited, travel the countries I’ve traveled and accomplish my inner desires as a creative artist.
My mother, which taught me the real value of love, empathy and compassion.