We had the good fortune of connecting with Javier Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Levitate, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Hello! My name is Levitate. I was born and raised in Mexico City and I have been living in Dallas for the past 13 years. My musical journey started when I was five years old when I started doing my mix tapes and improvised radio show recordings of myself talking about anything I could think of at the time. Around that same time, I learned how to play the piano, and a couple of years later, I learned how to play the drums. After that, I was also classically trained at the Mexican National Conservatory of Music, located in the Polanco district of Mexico City. When I was 12 years old, I joined one of my friend’s garage band as a drummer and I also filled out as a drummer for my cousin’s rock band every once in a while. The way that I got more into the technical stuff of music was when I started helping out as a sound engineer on some of the gigs and that’s when I learned more about the technology side of music. I think that my background and upbringing has had a big impact on who I am today because I come from a different country with a different perspective on things. This influences me as a person and as a musician because I have a fresh and different point of view that helps me bring out the best of both worlds. I apply this perspective and view a lot when I make music as I’m always up to date on music trends worldwide and I try to incorporate that into music and everyday life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I want to start by saying that the music business is the most challenging in the world, so no, it hasn’t been a smooth ride at all. Getting the skills to become a music producer is a hard journey on itself, and getting to find your own style is another hard internal journey also. As Levitate, I produce progressive trance music, so the struggles for every musical style out there might be different depending on the artist/producer. I think that my biggest struggle throughout my musical journey has been to be able to combine the musical background with the technology side of things and be able to truly become a music producer the does every single facet of the music production process. As an example, for every pop/hip-hop artist, there are around 20-30 music producers behind the scenes trying to make a single song. For electronic music, most of us are lone rangers doing the work of those 20-30 people when we make our music. That right there should say something about the struggle of being a one man show for your own music productions!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite places in the city for food are at Uptown, Las Colinas, and Legacy areas. Those areas have almost every type of food you can think of and are also good for people watching. As far as sightseeing, the Arboretum, Lake Ray Hubbard, the Museum of Art, the Perot museum, and the Aquarium are a must! The best area to find the most variety in music is in Deep Ellum, and the places to find the best in EDM music are Stereo Live and It’ll Do Club!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The people who deserve recognition for my success has to be my family! They have always supported me throughout the ups and downs and were the ones that inspired me to start sharing my music to labels, which led to me being signed to a record label. Also, the support of my partner Danielle, her family, and friends, who currently inspire me to keep making new music everyday and to continue to strive to excellence!