Arias Martin is still feeling the afterglow of being on Univision’s Va Por Ti (This One’s For You), the Latin network’s version of The Voice. Though the Miami local — a Southwest Miami senior high school alum —did not win the Mexico City-based singing competition, Martin has no regrets. We chatted:
Can you talk about the overall experience?
It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to do. It really takes a lot out of you. Our schedules are grueling, getting up super early in the morning for rehearsals, fittings and interviews where we would get back to the hotel late at night. It takes focus, concentration and a critical awareness of what you’re doing and how you are doing it. I sacrificed a lot to go on the show, leaving my job and my apartment in New York City, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t change a thing.
What was a major highlight?
Definitely being able to sing in front of music industry icons like Ricky Martin and Laura Pausini. That opportunity was somewhat of an out of body experience because I think if I would’ve truly been in the moment, and realized I was singing in front of them, I would’ve been way too nervous.
What are you going to do now?
I’m thankful because Va Por Ti has opened a lot of doors. The overwhelming encouragement from my friends, family and now I can say “fans” has been crazy and humbling, and I’ve received a lot of positive support on social media. What this has shown me is that being in the studio is where I belong and where I need to be, so I plan on jumping back in the moment I get the chance.
Who are some of your favorite singers and/or inspirations?
People have often referred to me as an old soul with a musical style mixture of Frank Sinatra meets Desi Arnaz for today’s world. I take this as a huge compliment as I look up to both artists. Desi represents my Cuban culture and my Latin backbone. Being that I was born in the United States, Sinatra presents my American side. Both styles represent very much who I am.