Jimmy Marin is an upcoming acoustic Singer Songwriter from Australia and is our latest Sonicbids feature interview winner. After checking out some of Jimmy’s tracks, which have a distinct soulful vibe, we were impressed and were delighted that he took the time to be interviewed by Song Revelation. Read on to discover, amongst other things, how Jimmy became interested in music, what he’s been working on for the past year and his musical inspirations.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are, what would it be?
Jimmy Marin blends captivating melodies, hypnotic rhythms and funky blues guitar, creating a sound all of his own: Acoustic Soul.
Q: What is your musical background?
First and foremost I’m a singer/guitarist. Along the way I’ve managed to pick up the bass, drums, harmonica, didgeridoo, keys and various percussion instruments. I began my musical journey by playing guitar and singing for Adelaide rock band Liquid Phoenix, which lasted from 2003 – 2007. Since the extended hiatus of Liquid Phoenix, I’ve been writing and performing my own original music.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Busy! I started recording in September 2011, having already written the bulk of the album. I created my independent record label Top Rope Records, released my debut album Something True in May 2012, and have been busy performing all over South Australia ever since. The promotion and marketing side of the album has kept me very busy, on top of performing the songs with my new band.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Initially, hard rock/metal acts such as Metallica, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Doors, Pearl Jam and The Tea Party served as much of my inspiration. My solo efforts are more inspired by contemporary bluesmen Keb’ Mo’ and Eric Bibb, as well as songwriters Shawn Mullins, Ben Harper, John Mayer and Amos Lee. Plus I’ve always looked up to artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Stevie Wonder, George Michael and Michael Jackson, who write and perform the bulk of their work.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Amos Lee, Ben Harper, John Mayer, Iron & Wine.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
There are so many great Aussie acts playing at the moment that I’d love to share the stage with, including The Snowdroppers, Angus and Julia Stone and Gotye.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listening to a lot of soul and funk, actually; P-Funk, G-Funk, Lyrics Born. I’d love to blend acoustic-based songs with a hard funk rhythm section. There aren’t too many people mixing up different styles, apart from people like G Love, Jason Mraz and Ash Grunwald, which is awesome.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
The melody usually comes first, whether it’s something I’ve woken up with in my head, or just created while mixing up different chord progressions. I create the rest of the song around the melody and work out any harmonies, bass lines and drum sections. The lyrics usually come last, often from a single idea that I expand upon.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Melody, by far. There are so many songs that people don’t know the lyrics to, but sing along all the same. It’s what gets stuck in your head, that classic melody. In my opinion, you could write nonsense lyrics to a great melody and it’ll always sound great.
Q: Where are you based?
I’m currently based in Bordertown, South Australia. It’s a small country between Adelaide and Melbourne, so it’s handy being stuck between two music-loving cities.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I’m originally from Adelaide, which is notoriously hard to crack into the music scene. There are plenty of great bands and artists, but the audiences aren’t always there to support. More strictly live music venues are needed, like everywhere else.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m currently still working on the promotion of my debut album Something True, as well as writing for the next album, which should be out mid-2013.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Going on tour the central Australia was pretty eye-opening. We played at places like Marla and Ernabella, where there’s not a lot of live music, so we were very well-received.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?
Well my second album should be out by then, so just continuing to expand my brand and expose people to my music. I’m also hoping to sign a few more artists to Top Rope Records, and continue to grow as a businessman.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
The Jimmy Marin Band will be playing at Scorcherfest’s 10-year anniversary in Adelaide on Sunday the 18th of November, along with 43 other acts. It’s at the Duke of York hotel, Adelaide, starting at 12 midday til late.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Listen to music (as clichéd as it sounds!), play music, and read.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Well I recently went to Fiji and that blew me away, so that’d have to be my latest answer. Although I’m headed to the US for 7 weeks at the end of the year, so ask me again in 12 months and there might be a different answer.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Don’t worry about what’s popular now, because music can be so fickle and temporary. Play from your heart and you’ll always be happy with what you write.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I hope you enjoy my music!
Editor’s Note: Jimmy’s tracks combine soulful guitar licks with well defined melodies and lyrics to create something that is both initially catchy but has hidden depths too. At Song Revelation we’re looking forward to Jimmy Marin’s music being heard by a wider audience over the coming months.
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