Twenty-three-year-old Martez Carter is a talented man of the arts, and he is not resting until the world knows his name.
“The thought of becoming an international artiste [consumes me] and is one of my biggest dreams from childhood. I also hope to get out of Barbados to go on tour. All of these things are what really inspires me and motivates me to push even more when it comes to music. When I think about my family, that also inspires me and helps me to keep going.”
Martez has produced collaborations on YouTube, though he doesn’t have any singles. One of his most viewed collaborations includes Rebuke Dem with Monsieur Alleyne.
The actor, singer and swimmer will be dropping his first album in November and it is far from the norm with the title Unexpected.
Inspired by YouTube sensation William Singe, Martez, who goes by the name Tezz CarteR, said that the album will have seven songs with two singles which include music videos.
Though most young people locally are pursuing bashment soca, rap and dancehall, Martez is sticking with R&B and soul music. “Everyone calls me Tezz as it is the last part of my first name Martez. Then I used my last name but took out a few letters from Martez.”
Martez is always pushing himself to be the best in the arts. That is why he taught himself to play the piano and is currently learning the guitar.
“Every time I get off work I just go to my room. I listen to instrumentals and tracks, conjure up some lyrics depending on life stories, and I create a song almost every week. I also want to create amazing music videos [with an international appeal],” he explained.
Outside of the arts, the past student of Graydon Sealy Secondary said he is also very fond of cars and travelling, but his love for music has been with him from childhood. Martez who started singing from the age of nine said his mother is also a good singer as she is a part of the church’s worship team.
“If not for music I would be pursuing acting or voice overs performances. I am very passionate about acting. When I was younger, I would have been known as the singer of the school alongside Cherish Breedy. I have been in a secondary school competition where I placed 6th out of 42 contestants. I also always performed at school concerts and school events,” he said.
His family, including his younger brother and his mother, has always been supportive of his music.
During the day Martez works for an online Canadian pharmacy, where he would process orders and work as a customer service representative.
“The challenge I face right now is being patient because I love to get things done fast, but I have realized that everything in life isn’t fast paced.”
Martez has given thought to finding his place locally and internationally, but he knows that it is not going to be easy. “I believe the music industry in Barbados is just based around calypso and hype music which I think should change a bit. I believe so because there are artists in Barbados that are very talented but do not sing calypso and sweet soca music. They love R&B, slow jams, jazz and even rap music. I would like to be that person that rises out of the other genres here in Barbados.”
He wants his music to make people feel loved and for them to connect to his songs. “That’s why I will try to have different song interpretations on the album. I want to mostly target young relationships, but anyone can listen to my music and just vibe to it in a car or on their playlist.”
His inspirations include YouTuber William Singe who gives him drive because he started out as just a YouTube singer and now he has a huge platform and multiple singles and mixtapes.
“I also listen to SoMo, Joyner Lucas and Charlie Wilson. I listen to these artists because they are very versatile in what they do. So I take ideas from their song-making abilities and put them all together to make an album with a little bit of rap, a little bit of R&B and soul as well. But my main genre will be R&B on this album.
“I want people to feel like they can do anything they put their mind to when listening to my music. I hope it motivates them and captives their attention.
But, of course, my music could take a different turn where people just love the way it sounds and listen all day, which is also a plus in my book.”
Though he is still finding his way he had advice for younger artists. “My advice to fellow artists is to listen to various music artists and find out what you like, to try different things and never stop doing music because after all, it is a passion.” (MR)