This 16-year-old wrote a song about sriracha and it bangs

Marteen‘s newest single about sexy ladies is called “Sriracha,” after my go-to hot sauce. He’s already touring with the likes of Khalid, and he’s just sixteen years old. He recently signed with Warner Bros records in association with Lyon Estates, and we were stoked to get the down low on his music, upcoming projects, his type of girl, and the Bay Area. Check out the interview below.

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So what started the creative process for your song “Sriracha”?

It started off as somewhat of a joke honestly. I was  literally eating it in the studio and I told my producer JR that I wanted to make a song about it. I started singing a melody which ended up being the hook melody, “Girl you got a body like sriracha,” and JR started playing some really fun dope chords to go with it, and that’s how it started. It came together faster then any song I’ve ever made.

The Bay definitely has a reputation for its musical culture. Growing up, how do you think it affected you? Are you tired of it or is it inspiring?

I think what’s inspired me and influenced me the most about Bay Area music and culture, is that there’s not a fear to be different, we celebrate our individuality. I feel like the Bay Area has never really fit in with the typical mainstream sound or look, but we’ve also been some of the most influential in the industry. Everyone from MC Hammer, to E-40, to Kehlani have all changed music. I’m proud of what we’ve done and our influence. I hope to continue that with my music.

What’s your favorite tour you’ve been on so far?

Well I’ve done a bunch of shows, but I’ve only been on one tour, and that was the Sweet Sexy Savage tour with Kehlani. I had a lot of fun and it was dope to see a bunch of places I’d never been to.

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What’s your ideal first date?

I think that as long as you’re with a person that you really like and have a connection with, it doesn’t matter what you do. I could be somewhere hella fun, but if I’m with the wrong person, it could be whack. I could be sitting around doing nothing, but with the right person and conversation it could be hella fun. I think the connection is the most important part.

West Coast girls or East Coast girls?

I would probably say all coast girls, lol. I don’t really have a preference on coast as much as personality. I met a bunch of my supporters on the east coast while I was on tour there and I loved so many of them. If you got the spice it don’t matter where you from.

How would you describe your style?

I would say it’s a 80’s/90’s vibe with a Bay Area influence. My haircut was inspired by a new European style called the London Fringe.

Who are some women you look up to?

I’d say from a musical standpoint, Tori Kelly and Alessia Cara, because they’re true to themselves as artists, and aren’t trying to be what the industry wants to make them. I respect that.

What’s in store next for you musically?

I’ll be dropping some new music in the next month or two along with another video. I’ve been working on a lot of new music that I’m really excited about, and I’ll be announcing more details on my upcoming project soon.

Where can we find your music?

You can find my music on all digital platforms. My website has everything on it including music, videos, tour dates, and merch.

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Photos by Jacqueline Kulla

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