Berklee Student

Martin Robertson

Berklee Student
music <----> life 
Boston, MA
Member since 2011

About Me

I am a freethinker AND a musician. As a creator of music, it is easy for those two to become mutually exclusive, and with each note I play or create, I try to exhibit both of those qualities. Allowing pre-defined ideas about genre, or styles of music to shape one’s work creates music in the “box”; I attempt to see ALL music as valid inspiration.

The son of a classical concert pianist/music professor, Western tonal harmony was my first musical experience. As a child I loved to listen to Bach and Beethoven, but I also discovered the contemporary sounds of Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight, and other hip hop and RnB artists. In college, I decided I wanted to make music my career, and enrolled in a traditional music program. While in attendance there, I discovered Black Gospel music, and coupled with my existing love for hip-hop music, I decided that I was not on the right track.

Years later, I gave college a second try at Berklee College of Music, where I was fully introduced to the world of contemporary music. This melding of styles can describe (not “define”) me; one can hear Classical melodic lines mixed with Jazz and Gospel harmonies, along with Rock and hip hop rhythms in my playing and my production. I aim to show the world that genre are not “lines of demarcation”, just different cultural backgrounds.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Organist for Greendale People's Church
    April 2011 to Present (over 7 years)

    I provide music and accompany various choirs for weekly worship services.

  • Keyboards for Rashad McPherson and Divine Purpose
    February 2011 to Present (about 8 years)

    I play keyboards for this stellar group

Past

  • Organist for Mt. Sinai Church of God in Christ
    August 2009 to July 2012 (about 3 years)

Education

  • BM in Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music
    2011 to 2013 (2 years)