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ReView: A flashback of 2015

ReView: A flashback of 2015
By Efren Martinez

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As we enter into 2016, I have my sights set to scale back the shows I cover as a photo journalist for the ModestoView. It’s been a wonderful ride and I’m grateful to all the artists and record labels for their show invites, interviews, press releases and the new music they send me prior to it’s global release. Many of these folks in the professional music industry are my friends and we go as far back to the early 90’s.  So with that said, thank you to them and thank you to all who have followed me here and read my entertainment pieces.

While most of the best in talent were celebrating the Modesto Area Music Awards last October, I was in the city by the bay with Marina and the Diamonds. Earlier this year I was calling her new LP, “Froot”, as my choice for LP of the year. This year a great deal of artists also came out with new LP’s. Duran Duran had “Paper Gods” and New Order busted out with “Music Complete”. These two LP’s were also among my favorites for 2015.  As a DJ it really has been a wonderful year in new music from Country to Rock and everything in between. Now with less than 1 week left of 2015 my personal pick for LP of the year is still Marina and the Diamonds’ “Froot.”

Her amazing talent of being able to transition her voice to go from a high to a low moves me as well as her performing artistic style I experienced in October at The Fox Theater in Oakland. She is definitely chic and she knows it. Let me be the one to invite you again in trying something new, something with a European flavor that you can’t experience on any local radio station. I invite you to taste her new LP, Froot.



About the Author:

I answered the call back in 1983; mixing Music and Entertainment with an eccentric European style has always come easy for me. In the early 80's I was the Disc Jockey for most of the high school dances in Modesto. In the late 80's I found myself in Hollywood working as a dancer and sound engineer for various professional recording industries. In 1990 my wife of 25 years and I started (The Quake Mobile DJ ®) which was seeded from San Francisco's 1985, The Quake, radio station that only lasted a short while on the air. 26 years later The Quake Mobile DJ is bigger & better than ever in the Entertainment industry. Real-Estate, photojournalism, event promoter, saving animals, travel and fitness are a few other of my interests. I also enjoy motivational speaking to children and to those who are struggling with addiction. In my life, I have always been a very direct person and once I see a goal I won't quit till I've achieved it. But out of all of the above I feel in my heart that the best inspiration in my life is my wife and my love for the faith that I practice. Phil 4:20