We had the good fortune of connecting with Esteban Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Esteban, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Without risk there is no success, even if you fail, you still gain a learning experience. Thats why risk is so important, we don’t t evolve and grow without taking risks. As far as my life and career, risk has played a big role, all the way back to my first job when I initially bought my first equipment instead of paying my bills. To most recently during my DJ sets. I could always play a safe set or do I push mine and my audiences boundaries and throw them something completely random. They hear something they would never expect and suddenly they get into it. You open the audience up to possibilities. You will be remembered because not everyone is willing to step out of their comfort zone. So take that risk, find your passion, pursue it, break out of your shell and do what you love.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love music, I love playing it for an audience, making them dance, enjoy themselves and have fun, I also love creating new music and sounds. What sets me apart is that I feel I have a really good ear to what people will like and what will make them want to get up, dance, and just move to the beat. I believe music fills our souls, brings us joy, and energy. I’m excited for the future, to grow, to get my music and sounds out to the world. I got to where I am professionally over years of practice, learning, and networking, you can be the best DJ in the world but if you don’t leave your bedroom and go out and meet people, you will never get heard and given a chance. The road is never easy, there were times where I rarely had gigs and to reiterate, its not always what you know but who you know. You cant be complacent you have to get out there and talk to people, make mixes, make them readily accessible, market yourself as best as you can, and of course practice and do your best to master your craft. It’s an ongoing learning experience and to this day as with anything you are still learning. One main lesson I learned was to be open minded, whether you’re asked to play a new genre or a unique setting, don’t ever say no and turn down opportunities because you’re not familiar or uncomfortable. I want the world to know to not give up, find your passion, do what you love, because it will fill your heart and make life even more enjoyable and meaningful. I feel like I have a bigger purpose in life and the world will soon hear it.

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?
Wow where do I start! I’m a HUGE foodie so first lets start in the south bay, Tacos el Gordo of course just to start out with a bang, next up were gonna get some mariscos (mexican word for seafood), some of the best seafood are sold on food trucks in the south bay. We’ll stop by El prieto then hit mariscos German. Want some more? Lets hit TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita. Thirsty? Lets stop by Machete in National City for some local Craft beer. How about some live music, Mi Barra in Chula Vista hosts some great local bands. We’ll go to La Luz in Bonita for some Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata dancing. Late night craving? Well this place doesn’t stay open too late, my high school taco shop Lolita’s rumored to be the creators of the California Burrito. Want some authentic Mexican food and tacos, we can take trip across the border to TIjuana and explore their numerous restaurants, bars and taco stands, that’ll guaranteed be a whole days worth of exploring. One of the luxuries we have is being neighbors with another country. Lets hit my neighborhood, downtown San Diego for a night in the Gaslamp, We’ll go to Oxford and I’m not talking about the university, stop by Sidebar for a shot, before we meet friends at Toro, the head to Parq to catch a big name artist, maybe end the night at El Chingon. Oh you wanted to bar hop? lets start off at Las Hadas, cross the street to Juan Tequila, maybe hit Rustic Root and then end up at Barleymash. Those are just some of the venues I’m familiar with and have DJ’d at. How bout some sightseeing La Jolla cove and catch some lazy seals basking in the sun? We can stroll down prospect and grab a bite to eat at Georges on the Cove. How about we catch a sunset at sunset cliffs, then maybe hit up Pizza Port, Hodad’s or OB noodle house in nearby Ocean Beach. The next morning lets hike off all those calories at Torrey pines, or even Cowel’s Mountain. Ready to hit the beach? Belmont park is the touristy spot or we can walk up the boardwalk to PB, what the locals call Pacific Beach, more bar hopping from El prez, to Waterbar, Ale house, Firehouse and then catch another sunset at Shoreclub with a redbull vodka slushy. Next morning how about some brunch? Souffle Pancakes? Morning Glory in Little Italy has some of the best. Breakfast republic for some Eggs Benedicts, or Crushed in PB for some cinnamon roll pancakes. Are we done yet? Absolutely not, has it been a week? probably so, come back when you wants to explore the rest of the city.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends and family who have been there since day one supporting me, all my fellow DJ’s and promoters who gave me a shot, and to all the people who were there at my shows coming together and dancing to the music I played.

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