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1. For people who may not have heard some beats from you yet... what can someone who's never heard of you expect from your music?
They can expect to hear very vulnerable lyrics and stark production at the beginning of the EP and then the angrier I get, the more instruments I add.. *laughing*.
2. Are you pleased with the response you have received so far?
Yes. It's still very early, but I think the people that already know my music and me, are connecting with the songs.
3. I read your comic strip "766 6th Street" and I liked it a lot. How did you get the idea to start your own comic?
I was drinking wine with Ken Andrews and telling him about my crazy freshman year of college and all the crazy roomies I had, and about raven ,my best friend...and he was like "hmm, write a comic book" so..we are trying to do that.
4. There was also a "word tree" on your website. How come you have these different things on your own website? Is it because you want to separate your website from another artist website or do you want to keep the visitor longer on your website?
No. I don't really have any motive other than to express myself. It's not a gimmick, it's something I wanted to share with people, because I write all my songs from word trees and I already know several of my fans are very talented and creative people and wanted to involve them.
5. How do you go about creating a song? Do you all sit down and discuss things, or does one of you just come up with a beat and run from there?
Someone hurts my feelings or I have severe pms and then I can write. I write from a very dark place. I wish I could write when I was happy, but I'm sad a lot of the time, so that's when I feel the need to express things. It's a hell of a lot cheaper than a shrink.
6. Who would you like to work that you haven't yet, whether it be HipHop, Rock, or any other form of music?
I would like to work with kate bush, robert smith or peter gabriel.
7. How did you come to the conclusion to begin a career as a music artist?
I can't do anything else besides music. Of course, I can boil a mean package of ramen noodles.
8. How do you separate yourself from other artists?
It's really not very difficult. No one else has my experiences and I don't have anyone else's. It's my story, guts and viewpoint...that's the separation I guess.
9. What are you planning to do in the [near] future?
I really really want to get another Chihuahua.
10. What would you like to achieve with your music and career?
I would like to make music that connects with people, I hope that people can see themselves and their lives in my songs and words. We are all connected in the same way we are different. I try to celebrate that in my writing.
11. What artists are you listening to at the minute?
Interpol, Velvet Teen, Smiths, Depeche Mode
12. Do you have anything to say to the MusicRemedy.com?s visitors?
Yes...if you ever meet me someday, let's try and grab a cup of coffee and a chat. Oh, and sometimes I can't feel my left leg, but that's not your problem.
Charlotte Martin Last Words:
Thank you very much. I had a nice time with your questions!
MusicRemedy.com Last Words:
I would like to thank you for doing this interview with MusicRemedy.com. I would also like to thank Dani for setting this interview up. Thanks again!
For Charlotte Martin, the most important thing is making a connection.
"Every single part of me is a piece of somebody else," says the piano-playing chanteuse. From connecting her life's tales with her powerful lyrics, to her fans that see themselves in her songs, Martin is an extraordinary kind of songwriter that builds close ties with anyone who hears her music.
Evoking influences as diverse as Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, early Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell - but still very much her own musician - Martin's music is a telling snapshot of her life.
A not-so-closet Goth with bleach-blonde hair, Martin has a knack for crafting emotionally-complex songs that continually flirt with pop structures. While her beautiful voice and piano-playing prowess offer an entr?e into her music, it's Martin's uncompromising lyrics that keep you coming back.
Martin grew up in a small college town and dedicated most of her time to studying opera. She took piano lessons and eventually went to Eastern Illinois University, where her father is a music professor. That's when it all changed.
Martin moved in with a very-Goth roomie Raven (they're still best friends today) and went through several life-changing experiences. Beyond the normal college-age drama and relationship trials, Martin had two friends commit suicide in the same year. One was her then boyfriend's sister, who was also her best friend. The first song Martin wrote was for her funeral.
"I didn't really live until I got to college," she says. "I had all of this stuff happen and found out that I had a lot to express."
Martin continued expressing herself and moved to Los Angeles to begin her career. However, it didn't go as planned. "I thought that I'd just move to LA, get signed and that would be it," she says. Martin did get a deal and recorded an album, ONE GIRL ARMY, with producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters) for Bong Load/RCA. Showcasing Martin's talents for tackling big issues without hesitation, ONE GIRL ARMY touched on the personal topics of anorexia ("Something Like a Hero"), stalking from the stalker's perspective ("I'm Normal, Please Date Me") and risqu? examinations of the battle of the sexes ("Take It Like a Man"). Sadly, it never came out. "I was naive when I first got signed and felt like I needed a lot of people to help me. But now I know that I can just make music and put it out on my own. If you want to help, great. If you don't, great. The people will decide. You've got to take control and do it yourself."
Now she stands stronger than ever before - both artistically and professionally.
"I have my own studio and have learned how to become my own producer," she says. Martin?s most recent tracks were overseen by a combination of producers, but many of the songs were produced by Martin.
"Producing my own music changes the way I approach songwriting. I can do more and go other places," says Martin who has expanded her sound with drum machines and more keyboards.
Time has also allowed her to fine-tune her delivery. "My writing has become more direct. The structure of my songs is way different from ONE GIRL ARMY, which was very artistic and very quirky," she says. "Now I'm learning how to get right to the point with my songs."
Martin's openness comes through in other ways than just her recorded music. A comic book junkie, Martin and friends have developed their own online comic for her website, titled "766 6th Street," after where she lived in college. It gives viewers a glimpse into her room - literally - and what's going on in her head.
"It's that whole thing where if you make fun of yourself, nobody can make fun of you," says Martin, who always keeps a bright sense of humor. "That's why the comic exists. It's just an opportunity to make fun of myself in the most awesome way."
During her live shows, Martin also gives all. She attacks the keyboard, allowing her charismatic personality to take over the room with the same intensity as the topics she's covering. Martin uses her shows to further connect with her fans, keeping the evening conversational and often baring gifts for the audience. It's no wonder her shows have grown to become constant sellouts.
"I give away presents at my shows because I want people to keep coming back," she jokes. "I don't know why, I just feel the need to give people presents. I think sometimes I freak out on my own fans."
Martin recently sang the song "Bring On the Day" for the SWEET HOME ALABAMA soundtrack and is working on her full-length debut. Until its release, Martin will continue connecting with her fans - through her website, her live shows and her open personality, but mainly through her music. They're sure to follow.
"Some artists have changed my life. In the humblest way, I really hope I can do that for somebody some day," Martin says. "I want to give my fans something special."