Ricky Martin is one of the few artistes, who has never let language intimidate them. After sparking worldwide interest in Latin music, the 43-year-old artiste gave pop music buffs chartbusters like ‘Livin’ la vida loca’, ‘Nobody wants to be lonely’ and ‘She bangs’, among other hits.
Now, the singer, who recently released a track in collaboration with Pitbull, opens up about sticking to his style in the age of EDM-esque tracks, his “obsession” with social media, and the two most important people in his life — his sons.
What prompted you to collaborate with Pitbull for the track, ‘Mr put it down’?
I was looking for music for my English album and Pitbull sent me this track. I loved it, and soon, we began recording it. This song is about him welcoming me into his world, and me welcoming him into my world.
How have your inspirations evolved over the years?
Music is changing. Now, with technology, we can create so many different sounds that we were not able to in the past. From the beginning of my career, I have always taken risks when it came to my music. That makes it exciting; it keeps me inspired to keep doing what I’m doing, and now, with social media, everything goes to another level. I have to admit that I am a little obsessed with social media, and I am always listening to what my followers have to say. I am constantly having conversations with them, and they are very honest with me. I’m grateful to have that immediate reaction from people from around the world. Artistes must take advantage of this tool.
At a time when there is a global EDM explosion, how easy or difficult is it for other genres to find prominence?
I just released a Spanish album (A Quien Quiera Escuchar) that has romantic songs. It’s doing really well not only in South America, but in non-Hispanic countries too. There’s always space to explore and try out different genres.
You have been to India a few times. What brings you back?
India has been an important part of my spiritual growth. Whenever I get the chance, I go to India, and especially visit Puri (Odisha), where I practise yoga. It has helped me a lot in my personal and professional life. I was in Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) last year. I found some great ashrams and spiritual retreats there. I haven’t been to Puri since my kids were born (he is the father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino). Next time I go there, I will take them along.
Do you plan to come and perform in India?
Hopefully, I will come to India for a concert soon. That is very important.
You are a performer, you have a fashion line, you do charity work and you are also a single father. How do you manage your time?
The most important thing for me is to have my kids always with me. They are my inspiration. A lot of people tell me, ‘Ricky, you are always travelling, and your kids are always travelling with you; your kids need stability’. But I tell them, ‘No, I am my kids’ stability’.
Do you feel that as a celebrity, the attention sometimes leads to intrusion?
My life is very simple, and I live it with a lot of transparency. That makes it easier for me. At the end of the day, I’ve been doing this since I was 12 years old. So, I’m used to this.
What else is on your plate?
I’m in the process of launching my next English album before the end of the year. And I will definitely visit India to promote it. I’m also working with Simon Cowell to find the next international boy band.