It’s that time of the year when music enthusiasts look back at the releases of the past twelve months. And similarly turn their attention to emerging artists who show promise for the year ahead. The buzz around “ones-to-watch” tips for 2024 is already heating up. Therefore, I’m sure I’ll have more to say on this topic in the coming weeks. But for now, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect.

I thought it would be fun to rewind back the EQ Music Blog archives. In particular, to a decade ago, when we shined a spotlight on pop and emerging acts like Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, Robyn, La Roux, Far East Movement, LMFAO, Frankmusik, and Colette Carr, among others. Interestingly, many of these artists had a shared bond. They received assistance in their careers in some way from Martin Kierszenbaum, something that some of our readers may already know about.

For those who may not know, Martin Kierszenbaum is the founder of Cherrytree Music Company. But he’s not just a music label CEO, producer, and songwriter – he’s also a musician at heart. Martin has released music under various aliases, his most notable being Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, covered on EQ Music.

Now that you’ve had a chance to digest the information above. I am willing to bet that you’re feeling pretty intrigued by Martin. Therefore, we think it cool, to again point out the audio interview with Martin first shared on EQ in 2011 from when Raj interviewed him.

Despite being busy with music management with Sting and Shaggy, Martin still finds time to record his own solo tracks to this day. Recently, he released a self-titled album consisting of 10 songs recorded over time, along with two brand new tracks titled “Inner Enemy” and “Back to Us.”

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Since we admire Martin’s work and out of pure curiosity, we decided to give his latest album a listen – and we have some thoughts…

One thing that became immediately clear was that this album was a true labour of love for Martin Kierszenbaum. He wrote, produced, and performed every aspect of it, and it shows in the final product. While some might view this album as indulgent, we see it as Martin simply creating the music that he loves. What really stands out in this release is Martin’s extensive experience in the music industry. His understanding of the fundamentals, production techniques, and songwriting skills are all on full display here, as well as his impressive musicality and musicianship. Above all, Martin’s passion for music shines through in every track.

It’s worth noting that this album falls under the alt-pop genre, which might come as a surprise to those who know Martin primarily for his work shaping the careers of other pop artists. But ultimately, if you want to really get to know Martin Kierszenbaum, all you need to do is listen to this dynamic and impressive album.

Though rarely seen as a musician, Martin’s music is often heard and highly sought after. Don’t miss the chance to delve into the personal alt-pop world of this talented artist. And furthermore understand why he is highly regarded in the music industry.

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