INTERVIEW: Martin Luke Brown
INTERVIEW: Martin Luke Brown
‘A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, writing and performing since the tender age of 14.Packing gutsy vocals with toe-tapping rhythms, Martin writes a real eclectic mix of songs with a distinct ‘from the heart out the mouth’ feel unifying them.’ These are only few of the words to describe the incredible voice and music of the upcoming English (Leicester) singer Martin Luke Brown, who was already played on BBC Radio 1 – that’s the least to mention!
Martin is set to release his EP Take Out Of Me on the 26th of April, and here is what he had to say about his music, influences and who he wants to collaborate with in the future!
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What does your new EP Take Out Of Me reflect about you?
All sorts really, the tracks on there are almost 4 pages out of a 2-year diary! It’s a bit of a spectrum, I suppose. Hopefully there’s some kind of identity of what makes me in there.
What is your favorite track off the new EP and why?
Probably the last track ‘Bring It Back to Me’. I just think it is super simple and honest, which is what I tend to like when listening to other people’s music.
Can you talk more about the songwriting and recording process?
Yeah, it’s been quite random. I’ve worked with a lot of different people in a lot of different studios, and written in a lot of different ways. The main thing that solidifies it all is just the honesty, I suppose. There’s been times where I’ve had a session, rocked up to meet a producer I’ve never met, and within a couple of hours poured my heart out and written a song with them. There has been some odd situations, but it’s all kind of beautiful!
Who would you say is your biggest influence?
I honestly don’t know. I mean, Stevie Wonder is a ledge. But I wouldn’t compare his music to mine really. Life inspires me generally! Just experiences, people and weird words, culture, you know!
What aspect of being a musician excites you the most?
Just the fact that I express myself for a living. That’s kind of the dream. It’s like a therapy, it’s a nice freeing kind of feeling.
What colour describes your music?
GOLD. Haha, no. Who knows. Pastille shades perhaps? You tell me!
What artists do you want to collaborate with in the future?
All of them! There’s something to learn from everyone. If I had to pick though, maybe, Kanye? He seems pretty mad and arty, or Lady Gaga. Someone mental with a real vision, I think. It’s all well and good being a good musician, but it’s the characters that fascinate me.
Where are you happiest — on the stage or in the studio?
Probably in the studio if I’m honest. It’s a quiet kind of magic. Stage stuff seems a little more like you’re doing it for the appreciation, rather than the love of writing/expression, you know? Even though it’s not. I don’t know, I just like creating more than anything. Performing is secondary really, as much as I love it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In a studio or on a stage I’d imagine! If I’m still as content as I am now, I’d consider that an accomplishment. I suppose my management and label would like me to say widely acclaimed, selling out world tours etc. and any of that wouldn’t be bad either!
What releases do you recommend for people to listen to that came out recently?
Ah there are tones. I’d recommend looking out at what’s happening in the local scene. Just go out and see some live shows. Grass roots music can be the most magical!
Who is your favourite person to follow on twitter/instagram and why?
James Blunt’s a bit of a legend, isn’t he? That sass!
Best piece of advice you have ever gotten?
‘It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.’
Tell us anything else that you would like people to know about you.
I’m a good person. I do recycling and smile at Grannies so they feel safe. Oh yeah, and I think I have a legit addiction to avocados.