5 Under 15k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented up-and-coming and largely undiscovered artists whom we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 15k highlights five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 15,000 followers on SoundCloud or Spotify (at the time of writing).
New York has for many musical moons remained a promised land for industry blue chips. Zack Martino, a NY native, has been gradually leveling up—inching nearer to production prestige. Since his inaugural release as a teenager in the mid 2010s, the now 23-year-old musician has remained irreverent towards confining himself to any genre exclusively. Towards the final laps of 2017, Martino ceremoniously pierced his brand into the ears of millions after his charismatic turn of Borgeous’ “Sweeter Without You” received some well-warranted notoriety bestowed by Sirius XM’s BPM channel and YouTube’s notorious dance music curator, Proximity.
An alluring trophy case of releases which include additional interpretations of The Chainsmokers and Galantis in addition to enrapturing originals like his top 10 Billboard Dance record “Hold On To Me” and his most recent summer single, “Mood,” have enabled Martino to aptly position himself for his future ascension. In an exclusive conversation with Dancing Astronaut, Martino characterized his musical approach quite incisively:
“I love making songs that you can sing to, and I love working with vocalists. Sometimes, a hard-hitting beat doesn’t suit the vocalist. Having that balance of the voice and the beat, that’s how I want to portray my music.”
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