Being around different styles of music at a young age tends to not only shape one’s musical taste but plays a role in their inspiration.
Senior business management major Ashante' Porter, also known as the stage name “Martize,” says that while riding in a car one day, a song by rapper Jay-Z is what inspired him to chase his dreams of becoming an upcoming artist in the music industry.
“I’ve been around music all my life, from playing the drums in church to listening to different genres, but it was back in 2007 when I was riding in the car with my father and a song by Jay-Z called ‘American Gangster’ came on the radio,” Porter said. “I listened to the beat, the words and how it all came together and was amazed. As I listened to that song and others, I told myself that music was what I wanted to pursue.”
In his hometown of Chicago, Porter began to create his own musical style and set goals on what he wanted to achieve in the future after deciding on his career.
“In the future, I see myself becoming one of the top tier artists within the music industry. Not only in the hip-hop genre but I see myself mastering other genres of music as well,” Porter said. “Overall I just want to be that artist who inspires others to create and inspire in the long run.”
Like many artists, Porter tries to make his song relatable to all of his audiences.
“I speak on both sides of life, the light and the dark, the angels and the demons, because we all have them and that’s what life consists of, good and bad,” Porter said. “I feel it’s important to always give both sides to a story and my music is different from other artists because It’s realistic and shares both sides.”
Setting in stone his future career, Porter began to work and release projects which received great support from family and ISU peers.
This year he will be releasing a new project, a trilogy album called, “Too Soon,” “Tomorrow Isn’t Promised” and “Too Late.” With a single releasing in March, the first album of the trilogy will come out within the next two months.
Not only has porter released other projects, but he has taken his platform to a new level by performing at RSO events on campus, such as open mics hosted by IsRealArts.
However, his most memorable performance was in January when he performed his latest project “No New Friends” at the No Filters Comedy Show.
“Music is like therapy in my eyes; it’s what I call on when I need to escape from reality and even face it,” Porter said.
Students interested in listening to Porters music can tune in to his latest album, “No New Friends” on all streaming services including Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and on iTunes. Students can also follow Porter on Twitter at @4Martize.