Kevin Martin is a creative indie musician from San Diego California and is Song Revelation’s feature interview winner. Kevin has some great material, combining well thought out lyrics with memorable melodies and we were delighted to be given an opportunity to share it with you. Read the full, in-depth, feature interview below where Kevin discusses, amongst other things, what he’s recently been working on, what he does to relax and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Kevin Martin is a scruffy nova of creativity, creating tightly wound pop, with a Beatle-esque aura.
Q: What is your musical background?
Took Classical piano lessons from age7-18, Performed in Musicals in High School. I’ve been writing songs and performing in bands since I was 12. I listened to a lot of Barry Manilow, The Carpenters and Burt Bacharach growing up. My parents didn’t have a lot of different music around. So I my mind was blown when I heard The Beatles for the first time. I was like 11.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
I’ve been so focused these past 12 months. I work full time at a restaurant and I play shows and record constantly. People are responding well to my music and I’m selling a lot of CD’s overseas, which is super awesome. I look at each day as the next step towards more success. It’s been working so far.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I’m inspired by the greats: Queen, The Beatles, Elton John, but also Beck and Radiohead. There are so many great bands. I could list about 20 more, but I’ll spare you all that and just give you those as my top 5.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I really admire Muse. Not only are they an amazing band with an inspiring live show, but they’re message is on point and they are fearless in the way that they put themselves out there. I also am really loving the band FUN. I got to meet them at Sunset Sessions when I played a showcase there this past year, and those guys are just awesome to be around and play great music. That’s exactly the vibe that I try and have on stage.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would love to write and collaborate with Adele. Her voice is so insane and I think I could write some interesting stuff for her to groove to. I’d also love to work with Ben Kweller. I’ve always loved him. We seem like we’d hit it off and write well together.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Call It What You Want by: Foster The People. I love that song. The piano part is genius.
Am I Forgiven by: Rumer. She sounds like the reincarnation of Karen Carpenter.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Stuff pops into my head. I grab my iPad and video myself playing it. I show it to my producer. He tells me if he likes it or not. Then we build the track and just go from there. It’s all spontaneous and I never try and write a particular style or theme. It just comes out the way it does and it’s either good or it’s not.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
I believe that they are equally important. I tend to write them at the same time, because that’s just how I work. It either all flows out at once or I have to wait and try it again later when I’m inspired. Well crafted songs have meaningful lyrics and a memorable melody. I tend to lean more towards melody though. A great melody can hide some bad lyrics. Just listen to any Brittney Spears song.
Q: Where are you based?
I live in Northern San Diego County
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I live in a climatic wonderland. My home is my sanctuary where I relax and slow my mind down. I have about 50 hummingbirds that live on my property. My drummer Josh calls my house the Hummingbird Hotel. I’ve lived in the same house since I was 3 years old, so for me it’s magical. Also on a more practical note, I’m close enough to San Diego and L.A. to where I can play shows there and come home fairly easily.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a new album called “Future Friends” We’ve currently got 16 amazing songs to make the record. So the hardest part is deciding which songs to cut. I’ve created a kickstarter campaign to raise money so I can get it mixed, mastered & duplicated. So right now I’m in the middle of recording and also spreading the word about my kickstarter campaign.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Everyday is a highlight for me. I look at everything I do as a gift and I’m grateful that I get to live the life I live. I get to wake up, work hard at my day job, then create music and play rock shows. For me, the journey is the best part. I never know where I’ll be tomorrow. So I guess for me, the highlight of my career is unknown.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
Exceed my kickstarter goal by $5,000. Release “Future Friends”. Get massive radio play. Get signed to a major label. tour the world. Make my 3rd album.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Concerts at the Cove in Solana Beach Aug. 16th All shows are posted on my website and Facebook page.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Meditate in my garden & observe nature. Those are the simplest ways to stay in balance.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
I would love to go back to Costa Rica. I traveled there right out of high school and backpacked through the Jungle for several months, camping and meeting people. I ended up in Panama where I met some travelers from Argentina. So we decided to travel back up to Costa Rica together. Traveling in that fashion is the most profound experience. You meet real people, live more in the moment and really end up finding out a lot about yourself that you didn’t know.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Do what you love to do. Find people that you trust and work with them. Don’t listen to critics or people who review your music. Do what makes you happy and have that be your driving force.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Everything we need to know is already within us.
Editor’s Note: Kevin Martin writes music from the heart but has a great deal of technical expertise too. At Song Revelation we’re looking forward how his career develops.
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