Angie Martinez Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Interviews

Where She's At Now

Angie Martinez: "You know what, I don’t know that there were challenges. I think that I was a kid when I started, I was just so happy to be doing this that I just wanted to go to everything, I wanted to know everything, I wanted to be at work 20 hours a day, I love being around the DJs, I loved working with Flex, I just really was immersed in the culture severely. So it wasn’t even challenges it was just me trying to find my way and doing what I loved. Then it started becoming, I was like, ‘Oh this is a career now.’ [Laughs

 

I was just so happy to be doing this that I just wanted to go to everything, I wanted to know everything, I wanted to be at work 20 hours a day.

 

"At first I loved it, it was a great opportunity but I didn’t really think fast, I was young, it was fun, it was whatever. I think just being a girl, a young girl around a lot of dudes was a little weird at first, I wanted to talk to them about music and I didn’t want them to be trying to rap to me so when I was young, I didn’t know how to all the way deal with that. I used to wear over-sized baggy clothes and I always felt like I needed to know my stuff a little extra, a little more than the next person so I could be taken seriously. Then, you know, as people get to know you, you can just lighten up a little bit. There’s always challenges, even today, there’s moral challenges, there’s ethical challenges, there’s all kinds of stuff these days.

“Now, at this point, everything is so different. Radio is so different now, people’s attention spans are so short. When you could relax and had the time to explain something or introduce something, it’s harder to introduce something new to people because people’s attention spans are so short and there are so many places to get music. You have to be a little quicker, a little more straight to the point. The challenge there is finding things and having an organic interview and an organic conversation within this world."

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