Meet Berwyn’s Creatives: Adam Martinez, up for MTV’s Cover of the Month
Welcome to the third installment of Meet Berwyn’s Creatives! While Berwyn has become a hot spot for urban professionals and entrepreneurs, the City of Homes is also considered a haven for the creatively minded. From musicians to crafters, sculptors, chefs, painters, writers and performance artists, Berwyn is home to a remarkable group of makers who keep our community vibrant. Meet Berwyn’s Creatives gives us a chance to get to know what makes our local makers and arts leaders tick. Enjoy!
Meet Adam Martinez, hometown hopeful in MTV’s Cover of the Month contest
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Residence: Berwyn, IL
Adam’s Bio: Adam is currently enrolled in Dominican University and plans on majoring in Music. When he graduated from Morton West High School, he received the “Ides of March” scholarship to help him pursue his love of music in college. He plans on releasing his debut album sometime next year. Form now, he releases covers of popular songs every few weeks on his social media.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Just recently, MTV nominated me for their new “Cover of the Month” campaign, and I’m currently at the #2 spot, climbing my way to the top! The help that I’ve gotten from my friends and family is amazing, and it only gets better every day. This is just the beginning! And here is the link to the MTV website where people can vote for me. I’m almost in first place!
MTV Cover of the Month is a new contest where MTV asks its audience to cover a different song, in their very own styles. Each month, there is a different song to cover. Adam covered Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza.” You need to clap for Adam!
When did you first realize you had a talent for your craft?
Whenever I had a song stuck in my head, I would jokingly sing it out loud in middle school, and my friends always told me that I actually had a nice voice. However, I’ll never forget the first time I had the thought that I could potentially turn it into a profession. When I was a freshman in high school, I would lock myself in my room and practice singing “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars over and over again. I remember one day I got a text message from my older brother (who was listening to me sing all this time). He told me that if I really wanted to be a singer, to keep singing and practicing. “You can only get better,” he told me. I took his advice, and here I am today!
Are there any special projects you are currently working on?
I’m currently working on my debut album with my brother. I also release cover videos on Facebook and YouTube every few weeks, to which I always receive an overwhelmingly positive response! The plan for now is to build up my fan base with these covers as we continue to work on my album, and so far we’ve been really successful. I will also be performing at St. Leonard’s “Blocktoberfest” on September 10 from 4pm-5pm, so be sure to check me out!
Greatest Influence (Personal or Professional) and why?
I have many influences, but at the top of the list is most definitely my father. He came to the U.S. to work when he was just a kid and formed his own band by the time he was 18. He got so big in Chicago that he got to tour around the U.S. and parts of Mexico. He even worked with some of the greats, such as Juan Gabriel. My father passed away when I was 9, and his story has since inspired me to build upon his accomplishments and make it even further than he did.
What is the most challenging part about your profession?
The most challenging part would have to be keeping up with my music when I have so many other things demanding my time and attention in my everyday life. When you have a job, school, family and friends, it’s easy to leave the music behind, but I try my best to progress everyday on all of my music projects.