You’ve probably heard “La Mordidita” night and day for the last few weeks – now you’ll have the unique opportunity to listen to it live. Latin sensation Ricky Martin is coming to El Paso County Coliseum with his dynamic, state-of-the-art One World Tour on Sunday, Sept. 27.
What’s Up had the pleasure of talking to this international artist about his multifaceted career, the things that matter to him and his future plans.
Q. Ricky, the video of your song ‘Adiós’ takes us to the world of speakeasies. How did this idea come about? How much do you participate in the production of your videos?
“Adiós” is set in the early 1930s and there is something about that era and the style that I love. I have been fortunate to do many collaborations with amazing artists throughout my career. I felt vulnerable in the creative process and people are reacting beautifully. This song represents who I am today. The title is reference to the opening of another cycle.
Q. Please tell us about your experience as a judge in The Voice Mexico and The Voice Australia. Why do you think this kind of contest/reality show is so popular nowadays?
I want to help a new generation of artists to fulfill their dreams. It’s something that’s really important for me to do. It’s been very healthy for me to be a part of TV shows like The Voice and La Banda have given me access to a new generation that connects to my music.
Q. In your opinion, do digital technology and social media represent positive or negative changes for musicians?
I love my fans. It’s the best way to connect with them besides my shows. It’s a great way to let people know how normal my life is, and I try to do it with a simple picture – that’s what Instagram is about. The first thing I do in the morning is I check my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and I read what people have to say and what they need from me as an artist. It’s fun, man.
Q. You are one of the few, pioneering Latin American artists who has crossed over to the English-speaking market. What elements do you think contributed to your success?
I have a wide range of amazing fans going all the way back to my days in Menudo. My fans have grown with me throughout the years on my journey of self-discovery and also influenced my musical growth. Be humble, be persistent and surround yourself with the right people who have the same passion as you. Never stop dreaming!
Q. Now that you’ve written a memoir and a picture book, do you plan to continue writing? Who inspired Santiago, the main character of your children’s book?
I became a dad and allowed myself to receive all the information that my children were giving me. I didn’t know what to do with all of this information, so I started writing. Santiago is a little bit inspired by my personal life, with fantasy added to it.
Q. Besides writing, singing, acting and other artistic expressions, you support and lead many social causes. Do you have any other goals in mind? Can you share them with us?
I’m passionate about defending children’s rights [and] to fight human trafficking as it finds more children than we can imagine. It’s neverending, and we must continue this fight. My foundation is dedicated to the wellbeing of children around the world. We built a center on my hometown island in Puerto Rico last year, and have been able to rescue over 140 kids into our safe haven to protect children from exploitation. We have to give these kids the tools they need.
Q. Whom do you admire and why?
Too many to name. I admire everyone who works every day on what they are passionate about. It sounds easy to say, but it actually takes a lot of courage and strength to do so.
El Paso County Coliseum,
4100 E Paisano Dr.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 7:30 PM
Tickets: $70 - $355
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