By: Carrick Wenke
On Tacoma artist Caesar, The Martyr latest release, and first full length project The Martyr, he’s set out to display to listeners what a “martyr” means to him. With 10 tracks doing so, there’s plenty of varied style on here, from the heartbeat push of opening tack “Howl”, to the soft guitar jangle of “Tantalus Effect”.
How did you choose the title of your project?
This is my debut project and I wanted to start out by introducing myself and conveying what being a “Martyr” means to me.
Can you explain the story behind your artwork and who is the designer?
Yeah Rashida Hampton took the photo for me, and my friend Zay overlayed a painting of his over it. Then I did some final touches to the design.
How long have you been working on this project?
Technically I produced, wrote and recorded it all in about 6 months. But then it was mastered and released about 5 months after that.
Where was it recorded?
Who are the producers?
Six out of the ten tracks were produced by me, with the others being produced by some friends of mine. A couple of them were a collab effort. Shout out Rich Twins and Bryce Harris.
Who was featured?
Coldshoulder did the hook on a track called “Tunnel View”, then on three other tracks I had my cousin sing the hook. Her name’s Kayla Rix. She’s from LA so I don’t see her much but last time she visited I had already planned out these tracks and just recorded them all back to back.
What was your favorite track?
“Howl” for sure. No doubt. But I think “Execution” and “The Saint” are the kinds of tracks I could headbang to.
Who would you like to thank for helping with this project?
Dylan Rich for helping me mix and master. Dustin for playing guitar on “Howl” and hooking me up with the beat for “Scripts Pt. 2”. Bryce Harris for helping with synth design and the beat for “Tunnel View”. Coldshoulder and Kayla Rix for helping me out with the hooks. Rashida Hampton for helping me with the “Man On The Moon” music video. And my family and friends for inspiration and support. And shout out to the girls who inspired the heart break tracks.
Follow me on all social media @CaesarTheMartyr