Make some noise for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which showcases the many talents of our Flyers. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are fly by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.
Today, we catch up with Daniel Martinez, one of the super helpful dudes on our customer support team. He’s perfect at assisting our clients because he’s a musician himself, having toured the continent with his now-defunct band Posole. Here, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist shares his stories from the road.
Ticketfly: Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got started in music?
Daniel: I’m 28. I’m from San Diego originally but I’ve been living out here for about eight years. I’ve been working for Ticketfly for about four years on and off.
I started playing music around the 4th grade. First it was the trumpet, then the tuba. I was in honor bands down in the San Diego area for a while, and in marching bands and jazz bands. When I got to high school I started playing trumpet in ska bands. Then I started getting more into guitar and into punk and hardcore in my later teens.
TF: How did Posole start?
It was originally a solo side-project while I was in other bands here [in San Francisco]. Those bands didn’t work out, so I got people from my older bands and said, “Hey, do you guys want to do some of my music?” We ended up playing my music and then ended up writing together. We came up with a surf rock style with a Latin influence.
TF: I was listening to Posole earlier today. I can definitely hear surf rock, mariachi and Afro-beat in it. How’d you come up with such a unique sound?
I loved the tones of surf guitar and I thought it’d be cool to implement that into a Latin beat, something dance-y and really fun. It was a good mix for me. I just liked how it sounded and wanted to keep on doing that.
TF: You also sing in Spanish on some of your songs, right?
The latest album we came out with had some Spanish parts. I’m from a Mexican background and I love Mexican music and Latin music.
TF: How many projects did you put out as Posole?
We did one EP and a couple demos here and there. The latest one, No Justice, is the one we toured on the heaviest before we broke up.
TF: You guys were a touring band for three years. What was that like?
We went pretty much all over the west side of the U.S., went to Canada, and went down to Mexico a few times and played in Tijuana.
It was amazing. I’m glad we were able to pull it off for that long because we weren’t making that much money, but it was a whole lot of fun to get out there and see some parts of the States that we’d never seen before and spread the love. You’d be surprised at how many places people like to turn out, especially the little towns and how they reacted to our music and vibe. We went broke doing it but we loved it.
TF: What were some of those small towns that surprised you?
Helena, Montana was definitely one of them. Lawrence, Kansas was a tiny place where people showed much love. Helena surprised me the most, though. We had a really good turnout for no reason.
TF: That’s awesome. So, you’ve probably got some crazy stories from the road…
Uhh, like, PG stories? (laughs)
TF: Let me rephrase. What were the most memorable experiences from the road?
I think Austin and Denver were the most memorable for me mostly because of the people we met and ended up staying with. The people we met was my favorite part of touring. We ended up meeting a guy in Denver at a show who took us to his house up in the mountains right outside of Denver and he had the sickest view of the city. Touring is why I love traveling now.
One of the things that was interesting was when we were driving through Wyoming, we saw a San Francisco Muni bus on the freeway just chugging along going toward San Francisco. We posted it online and it ended up being on SFist.
TF: How does being a musician help with your role at Ticketfly?
Ticketfly represents music and is all about musicians, and I think I’m a good representation of that. I’m a musician; I’m out there. A bunch of musicians work for Ticketfly and I think it adds authenticity to Ticketfly.
TF: What’s next for you musically?
I actually just started jamming with someone from Ticketfly. My friend Moses Isaac; he plays drums. We’ve just been jamming and trying to write some cool music out in Oakland. I’m also working on side stuff when I get the chance. In the future I want to have more time to just work on music again—when things start mellowing out with work and life.