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My City: Providence Leads Us to Theo MartinsPosted by Nathan S. on 03/19/10 | Filed under Top Stories, My City, Theo Martins
RefinedHype: It's safe to say that Rhode Island is seriously overlooked by hip-hop fans nationally. What's the hip-hop scene like in the Ocean State?
Theo Martins: Rhode Island in itself offers a lot of cultural diversity, so within that you have a range of artists who express music in different ways. For instance Rhode Island resident, Chachi embodies a worldly sound, for the people in the cities and states as well as oversees compared to an artist like Jon Hope who embodies a very soulful, golden-age-hip hop sound, so to say Rhode Island is diverse is an understatement.
RefinedHype: How do you think your career would be different if you lived in a "major" city like L.A., New York or Atlanta as opposed to Providence?
Theo Martins: The artistic influence that I've been surrounded with couldn't have been duplicated anywhere else, my expression as an artist derives from my roots as a resident of Rhode Island. Its full of great art, great food, beautiful people, all of which make this place what it is.
RefinedHype: How does your experience as a producer affect your vocals and vice-versa?
Theo Martins: Good question. Naturally I'm a stickler for particular things, but dabbling into production amongst such has just opened my ears to hearing things that I normally wouldn't have paid notice to. And I love that, its a great gift to be honest. You tend to always get in the habit of challenging your sound to step outside of your comfort zone, and so forth.
RefinedHype: If I'm rolling through Providence where can I find you?
You can find me right on Thayer St. I'll be sitting right inside East Side Pockets facing the window. Crazy I know.
RefinedHype: Last words?
RefinedHype: "Channel Surfin" (Mixed By DJ Wreckineyez) is out now (http://imjusttheo.com) and "You Can't Do That on Television" w/ Ohio producer $port is coming soon to a hi-resolution screen near you. I also have some collaborations on a movie and a television series that you're more than familiar with. Stay tuned.