Q&A Scene: Martika

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

My single, ‘How did I get here’, lyrically explores the journey and stuggles of an artist. Spotlighting my own personal struggles in the music industry. I was at a crossroads; Should I keep going down the hard road of persuing my passion with all the uncertainties that come with it, or take the easy road out and opt for stability and a more financially abundant path.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

SUSHI! a California roll – dipped in chocolate. On the surface (first listen), my song may just seem like one layer (like the outside of a sushi roll.) But As you continue within you find heaps of surprise ingrediants hidden deep – and as for the chocolate – why not?

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

The one song that resonate most with me would be a song I wrote after the passing of my first furchild. Frank was our beautiful English bulldog and was our life. I wrote this song to help cope with the grief of losing him and to forever capture his memory within my music.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Was on the road to a gig in rural Queensland. We got there a night early so decided to go out on the town for the night. I had never done Karaoke before so the boys in the band signed me up at a karaoke night. When I was called up I pretended to be really shy and hadn’t really sung before. The MC of the night asked if I needed help and would be there for support. I told him I’d give it go alone but to stand by. I then went on to Belt out and smashed Highway to Hell by ACDC. The reaction of the MC and the crowd was so amazing, no one expected it! Being a small town, word even spread to other venues which we ventured to, even the strip club two venues down!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from the emotion that is conjured through listening to other artists and composers. Sometimes just meditating with a piece of music playing can bring up stuff you never think about, or emotions that lie hidden within the subconscious. I also rely on instinct and heart when finding what to write about.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
I have two songs which I wish I had written.
Drive by Incubus. I connect with the lyrics so much. Brandon Boyd has a way with capturing emotion in such a poetical way in his writing. It is always something I’ve been drawn to.
Hyper-Ballad by Bjork. Her way with words is crazy. And what she captures in this song really resonates with me. Its something I know I would have loved to have been able to express myself in a song. But she did it so beautifully.

What’s next for you?

I have a single launch coming up! April 11th at The Toff In Town. After that the plan is to continue releasing more music and sharing my ecperiences and love for music with the world.

What’s your scene?

I sing, I dance, I SING, I write songs… I’m a big movie buff, sci-fi/fanstasy nerd, love superheros and comics. Big batman fan (Michael Keaton is the best and only Batman). I love the abstract, quirky side of life. Big Art Fan. Just living each day to the fullest with no regrets. Just slightly obsessed with the moon and all things mystical. I collect crystals and gemstones and like to meditate with music and incense. Music is pretty much my life, whether explored through dance or voice.

The enigmatic Martika has released her debut single How Did I Get Here, a thoughtful, soulful track that explores the difficulties of chasing dreams, out now!

How Did I Get Here is a mellow, contemplative track, with an undeniable groove and stunning, eclectic vocals. The chorus refrain, ‘How did I get here? Am I coming, or going?’ is sung so earnestly; it’s impossible to ignore the pleading in Martika’s voice. Gentle yet driving percussion percolates underneath a constant, melodic bassline, as organ and synthesisers swirl together with unexpected and satisfying harmony. Fans of Aurora and Massive Attack will love Martika’s incisive style.

How Did I Get Here tackles the complexities of turning a passion into a career, as Martika explains, “This song explores the emotional journey of an artist; that lost feeling of being at a crossroads in life. I was unsure of which way to go. I found myself reflecting on my life and where I was, thinking that music should have brought me success at this point – and was it all worth it? It was then the decision of whether to keep on walking down the hard road, striving to make my passion a career, or to take the easy road and find stability. This song has helped me vent the frustration of what a struggling artist goes through, and has helped me find the strength to carry on.”

Martika is set to perform How Did I Get Here for a hometown crowd in Melbourne on Thursday April 11 at The Toff in Town. Thrilled to be showcasing new music as well as her exciting new single, Martika gives fans an insight into what to expect at her shows, as she says, “Audiences can expect something entertaining and amazing, yet a show that makes everyone feel equal and at home – a family. I myself love going to a show where, as an audience member, you feel like a part of a community and united, rather than fighting for a spot in a crowd.”

Martika is a natural-born performer; first discovering her passion for singing as a young child, dancing around the house to Disney soundtracks. Highly disciplined and passionate about performing, she spent most weeknights during childhood at singing lessons, piano lessons, dance classes spanning a wide variety of genres – and she even completed a degree in musical theatre upon finishing high school. Since her move to Melbourne from her country home town, Martika began gigging professionally and working alongside local label True Music (Shelley Segal, MAYA) and producer/composer Rob Upward. She spends her days in the studio, writing and growing creatively as a songwriter and artist. With so much talent to share, Martika is surely one new artist to watch.

How Did I Get Here is out now.  



Tickets available fromwww.thetoffintown.com

About Mary Boukouvalas 1591 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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