Writing about one’s weaknesses unfiltered is one of the most difficult things for human beings to do. Yet cmqmartina (born Martina Sironi, class of ’99) has succeeded in doing it to a tee. Available from Friday 13 her new single “123 medicine” for Columbia Records\Sony Music Italy, tells about how important it is to exorcise one’s weaknesses by talking about them, making them small and helpless. Intrigued by the person and her great attachment to music (especially electronic music), we asked her a few questions about this single and future projects involving her.
Hi Martina, let’s start right away with a very simple but never obvious question. How are you doing?
How am I doing? Interesting question, no one ever asks me that in interviews – laughs – I’m caught up in so many things, I have a really hectic life right now, so I don’t even have time to stop and actually figure out how I’m doing. I’m definitely in a good moment, I have to say. There are so many things in the pipeline that you will then get to know with time.
After your album “DISCO 2,” the single “123 medicine” marks a new phase in your project. What should we expect from this new chapter? Give us some spoilers, what’s in the pot?
It is really a new chapter. “123 medicine” is a different piece, written piano voice, with which I feel a strong emotional connection. The producers I worked with then helped me build this wonderful palace, if we can call it that. Even on a structural level it’s different, it’s a constant crescendo of music and feeling. All the new music I am making and will make will definitely be experimental, but still my own-a natural evolution.
Between trap drums, recorded violins and a variety of synths, we really put ourselves out there. Basically one of the goals in my artistic journey is to put myself out there, and with this piece I’m really doing that. Also thanks to the producer Mr. Monkey I was able to write in new ways and I’m very happy about that.
The track on listening comes across as intimate and delicate, without ever losing that electronic contamination that has always been present in your music. In this case, more than ever, it is glaring that you wrote this piece out of your own personal need. Do you consider music an art that can overcome your inner weaknesses?
Absolutely, writing for me is very therapeutic. This piece in particular was more so than the others. The theme of medication/anxiety/depression I live it every day, think that “123 Medications” I wrote in one night, more difficult than the others, but also because of that I am very happy with the result we got. I feel it very much my own.
As I mentioned, there is always an electronic side to your music. In your life, how much weight has club music had?
Definitely important. I actually got to know club music and that whole world quite late, I was never one of those little girls who always went to clubs (my mother wouldn’t let me go to places like that). Then in Milan I got to know, also thanks to my friends, many different and at the same time quiet places. Many of my happiest memories are precisely those involving sounds and friends. When I discovered all this world I tried to bring it into my music, make it more my own and usable. There was just a moment when I combined the two and cmqmartina was born. I would like to make people who come to my concerts feel the same way I feel when I go to clubs: free, happy, with the desire to dance even with strangers, without problems.
Live shows are starting up again and we will definitely see you on stages around Italy. How important is the live dimension in your music and how do you live that experience?
Actually, I tell you, I’m not one of those people who started playing live right away. X Factor, from this point of view, helped me understand all the dynamics that accompany the live dimension, it was a real school for me. To this day, on stage I vent so much and I’m comfortable with it, I make it my own. Gradually I feel that I am evolving, I can feel calm and loose even in front of so many people. I like to improvise, get carried away by the things around me. I would tell you that I’m very instinctive on stage, which I couldn’t do before, but with time I’ve learned to really appreciate it.