King Martin is keeping the Houston music legacy alive with his King Martin Music Group. He has been influenced by some of the legends in the Houston music scene. I had the opportunity to talk to him about his brand and the state of music in his opinion.

What made you start your own music label?

Interestingly enough, I did not intend to immediately sign any artists to my label. I started my own music label to put my music out. I soon realized as a business owner that I could give others the opportunity to do great things in music and affect their families and communities in a positive way. Now, I have six artists, four producers, and 1 engineer.

Do you believe Houston is saturated with too many hip-hop artists? Or is Houston finally getting their respect in the music game?

I think Houston has always been respected in the music game. Houston is rich in culture from Bun B to Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Screwed Up Click, DJ Screw, Pimp C, Ghetto Boys, etc. As a young kid I was inspired by a lot of Houston rappers.

If you could sign one artist who would it be & why?

I like to sign up and coming artists with a lot of passion and motivation and a strong appreciation for art. Not guys that just want money. I’m open to whoever I connect with who has those passions and desires but no one in particular.

So you’re a label owner and artist how do you balance both roles?

I don’t sleep.

Tell us about your new single?

Which one? Currently, I am about to drop a single with Bun B, a Houston legend. I have four singles out right now on all platforms. Right now we’re just dancing and having fun with the music. But I’m gearing up to drop the truth.