Ernest Martinez, born and raised in Fresno California, grew up in a music loving household. At 10-years-old, he was not only allowed, but encouraged to start studying drums and percussion. At the age of 16 he joined the local professional scene with his parents. By age 18, Martinez started performing with the Latin Rock Band Malo, while also attending college, learning guitar and piano. Martinez has played concert and latin percussion, as well as drum set in pop, rock, jazz, funk, latin, and more. In addition, he has studied under such greats as Joseph Lizama, drummer for the Dave Matthews band, Brian Hamada, former percussionist of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, and many more.