In the Studio

Grammy-winning Austin musician opens the doors to his home studio

Grammy-winning Austin musician opens the doors to his home studio

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As a member of Grupo Fantasma, a Grammy Award-winning funk orchestra from Austin, musician Beto Martinez has performed around the world. However, when Martinez’s daughters were born in 2009, he struggled to find a balance between touring with his band and spending time with his family.

To maintain a better work-life balance, Martinez created an in-home recording studio. In this space, he can work from home while recording music for Grupo Fantasma. Martinez is also venturing into letting fellow local musicians use his studio to record their music.

The flexibility of being able to record from home and play local shows has allowed Martinez to lead a more balanced life. “It could have been three hours before that I was out there, and I felt like a rock star,” Martinez says. “But then I gotta come home and wake up and see what the kids want for breakfast.”

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Arts in Context: Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma
Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma at his in-home studio. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Arts in Context: Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma
Martinez has hung up the touring life, focusing more on producing and recording to spend time with his family. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Arts in Context: Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma
Arts in Context: Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma