By Nicholas Jason Lopez
A microphone, computer and guitar in her bedroom were all that Martina Gryntysz needed to begin her dream, as the young Argentinean independent pop/R&B artist composed her first song “Dear Friend,” inspired by her best friend’s depression after a year of not seeing each other and the followup titled “Happier.”
Influenced by the likes of Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, Gryntysz’s methods go beyond the conventional “good vibe song with a deep, sad meaning.”
The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with her about her music and more.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Martina Gryntysz – The food and the culture. Also, the music!
Music Bugle – What has been your hardest challenge lately?
Martina Grynysz – I am a shy person, so my hardest challenge lately is to express my feelings with other people.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Martina Gryntysz – I’m lately not using social media, but they helped me a lot. I started posting TikToks this year and I’ve talked about my song and it has reached a lot of people. I think that for musicians, social media is a communication base with fans and it helps more people to get to know your music.
Music Bugle – Do you feel your young age gives you any sort of creative advantage?
Martina Gryntysz – I really don’t know! I am a very creative person, but I don’t know if it gives me an advantage because of my age.
Music Bugle – What do you like the most about being a singer-songwriter?
Martina Gryntysz – I love composing. It’s my favorite part. I always have my cell phone or a sheet of paper next to me and a pencil. There is always creativity, no matter what the time! I want to transmit my music with other people and help them like some artists I feel that helped me with their music.
Music Bugle – What excites you about your style of music?
Martina Gryntysz – The feedback from people impressed me a lot. I never thought they would like it and that it would reach so many people. I am very happy that I can transmit those feelings now and they feel identified.
Music Bugle – Did your song “Dear Friend” turn out the way you had hoped?
Martina Gryntysz – A friend told me she liked my song and asked me, “Why don’t you upload it to TikTok and show your song and comment on what it is about?” At first, I was afraid, but when I uploaded it, I never really thought that it would reach too many people. It’s crazy that I received very good comments. They told me that they felt they identified with the song and that it is a song that they would put when they were traveling by car with friends and that it was their new favorite song and that they would support me and they wanted to listen to new music. I never thought it was going to reach all these people. I’m very happy!
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Martina Gryntysz – I’m always listening to different genres like pop and R&B, but lately, I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift and Coldplay.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Martina Gryntysz – Although I couldn’t see my friends and go to school at one point during the pandemic, it made me realize that I had to follow my dreams of being a singer-songwriter. I started writing songs with my guitar and one day, it gave me inspiration to write a song to one of my friends, who I was not able to see for a long time due to her mental health, expressing to her that I will always be there for her and from there came “Dear Friend.”
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Martina Gryntysz – There are two phrases that I have on a poster that motivate me every day, the first is “Do not lower the goal, increase the effort” and the other is a phrase that one of my best friends gave me that says, “Break the barrier of what is possible to do the impossible. There is nothing more pure than your dreams, everything is possible.” Those are two very important phrases for me.