Marta Blumi Tripodi (Italy)
Since 2007, Marta has been working for Rai Radio2 – Italy’s main public radio channel devoted to entertainment and music. As an editor and producer she collaborates on several different shows. These include Babylon – one of the most renowned and innovative music shows in the country which has been on the air for 5 years, RadioBattle – a competition programme that airs in 8 different countries and which sees an average of over 47 000 votes cast in the finals, and Stay Soul – a show hosted by singer Nina Zilli. Marta also collaborates with Swiss public radio RSI and as a freelance journalist she contributes to several magazines – Rolling Stone Italy, Musica Jazz, Hotmc and Rockit, among others.
What would be your advice for emerging musicians who want to make it abroad?
What would be my advice for musicians who want to succeed abroad? They should never give up their identity. In the global competitive market, a lot of artists tend to conform to the music from the US and the UK, which means it’s becoming difficult to tell where anyone comes from. Everything sounds the same, and it's boring. It's important to be yourself and to stick to where you’re from musically, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to it without being influenced by other countries. Your music has to have an international feel with a little taste of home.
Have you ever won any competition? And are you a competitive person?
Do kids’ figure skating competitions count? Usually, I prefer to cheer than to be one of the contestants, nevertheless I'm quite competitive – in a good way, I hope. To me it's not about winning, it's about improving. I like people who set the bar high, so that I can try to set it higher myself: if you feel compelled to do something better that's already been done at its best, you contribute to the overall progress and everyone wins.
Have you ever played in a band, solo or as a DJ?
When I was in high school I started taking singing classes, just for fun. I ended up writing and recording a bunch of songs, just for fun as well. I hung up the mic and “retired” some years ago: to me it was just a way of understanding and learning music from the inside, I never wanted to sing professionally and I don't think I have the kind of vocal skills to go for it anyway. But I'd still love to write songs for others – someone who's better than me at singing them, of course!