ACL Fest: 3 questions with Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Melanie Martinez at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

In the four years since 21-year-old Melanie Martinez caught the national eye with an turn on Adam Levine’s team on the 2012 season of the NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” her star has been steadily rising. Her debut album “Cry Baby” dropped last August and when she swung through Austin in April, she easily sold out Emo’s. When she hit the stage last Saturday throngs of young folks showed up to take in the spectacle of her dark romper room.

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Before she performed, she briefly stopped by Team Austin360’s backstage tent for a quick chat.

Austin360: Over the last year you’ve been building a lot of buzz. How does it feel to watch everything take off?

Melanie Martinez: I’ve definitely been working very hard and touring for a very long time but I’m still grateful and feel very lucky to do what I do, to have so many people who like, actually care about my music, and care about coming to my shows and singing every word. That’s really special to me for sure.

Your music is very emotional and you’re very young yourself. Do you feel like young people really connect with the things you’re saying?

I mean, I’m just talking about real things that I think are important that aren’t talked about a lot in pop music. It definitely seems like a lot of people have really been relating to a lot of my feelings that I’ve been putting out.

Have you had any particularly moving interactions with fans?

I do meet and greets every show and it’s definitely very overwhelming and also incredible to meet people who I relate to in a way… people struggling with depression or anxiety. I hear a lot about people dealing with a lot of things in their life and how my music has helped them kind of deal with those personal issues. I’m really grateful that I get to do that and help people as well as do what I love which is make music and art.

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