Martika (born Marta Marrero) got her start on the show
playing Gloria alongside costars Fergie and Mario Lopez. She went from
there to the top of the pop charts in 1989 with her single “Toy
Soldiers,” which spent two weeks in the top spot. Markita has a new
album coming out and will be touring throughout 2012. We are so pleased
to have been able to catch up with Martika. You can connect with her on
@MartikaTunes or on her web site at
LT80s: At what age did you know you
wanted to be a performer? How did you get started?
Martika: I knew I wanted to be a performer as soon as I was put on stage
at The Cuban Club. I started performing for family and friends and my
first big taste of the stage was when Neil Sedaka pulled me onstage in
LT80s: Where did the stage name "Martika"
Martika: MARTIKA is the children's derivative of MARTA which is my name.
Everyone called me 'MARTIKA' as a child and it stuck.
LT80s: What was it like to be on
the show Kids Incorporated (I was a big fan of the show!)? Do you still
keep in touch with your co-stars? Mario Lopez? Fergie?
It was an amazing time in my life and I cherish every moment of it. Yes I
still keep in touch with some of my co-stars. So many of them went on to
big success. So proud of all of them!!
LT80s: I love the cover of Berlin's
"Masquerade" that you did on the show. Do you have a favorite song that
you got to do on the show?
Thank you. :) My favorite song was The Cars 'Drive.'
LT80s: When you wrote the song "Toy
Soldiers," did you have any idea that it would go to #1?
Martika: Absolutely no clue! We knew it was a cool song, but you never
know what will become that special 'thing' that takes off and is a #1
LT80s: I read that "Toy Soldiers"
jumped over Madonna's "Express Yourself" to land in #1; what was that
Martika: I was busy doing promotion when it happened and I was told that
the song had gone number one. I had to sit down and just breathe and
take in the moment.
LT80s: What were your favorite
bands/musicians in the 80s?
Martika: Culture Club, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet.
Aside from music and performing, what do you like to do?
Martika: Read, cook, bake, hang out with my family, watch old movies.
LT80s: Any plans to tour?
Martika: Most DEFINITELY. All next year. :):)
LT80s: I understand that you have a
new album coming out this year? Please tell us about it.
Martika: This would be the follow up to 'Martika's Kitchen'. Since its 20
years later, I had to go shopping at the grocery store for new produce
:):) The CD is going to feature all new songs and is geared towards the
dance/electronica/club genre. I will be releasing a new video with the
first single as well. It took long enough to do this so I am VERY
excited about it. A 20 year slow cook in MARTIKA'S KITCHEN!! :):)