Join us as we get to know Martika (no, not that one). This Martika is an up and coming Melbourne artist who’s just dropped her new single ‘How Did I Get Here’.
Scratch the surface and discover what the first album she bought was, how she evolved as an artist and what makes her tick.
It’s all right here in our latest artist feature.
01. Name : MARTIKA.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? I’ve always been involved and surrounded by music. My dad is a drummer and was playing in bands with mum in the crowd when she was pregnant with me. I was even named after a singer! Lessons started at an early age and I never stopped.
When it comes to recording my own songs and actively pursuing my dream of releasing my own music, which would be when True Music found me. Recording and writing with producer/composer Rob Upward and having a team behind me who really believed in me is what as made all of this possible.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Quirky, enigmatic, edgy, dark, vibey.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Finding my sound was a journey. Writing songs and experimenting with vocal placements and sounds until a vibe was found that just felt right. Working with Rob Upward really helped me discover my true sound, instead of something I thought I SHOULD sound like.
The beat and groove is very important to me, also giving you melodic basslines and layers upon layers of vocals and harmonies.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? A lot of my early musical memories are slightly all blurred together. But one does stand out. I remember either sneaking into a band rehearsal my dad was having OR he let me in to listen for a bit (can’t remember all the details – I think I was only three years old or something like that), but I do VIVIDLY remember the singer of the band giving up the mic for a bit to let me sing ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ in the band room. I felt like a superstar!
07. Who have been your musical influences? At a young age, Bernadette Peters was a huge influence on me, initially wanted to be a star on the stage. Anthony Warlow was also a big influence for me.
Getting older and discovering more music. I fell in love with Bachelor Girl. Tania Doko puts so much emotion into her vocals and the lyrics from herself and James Roche are just so real!
I grew up listening to rock and blues because of dad and influences from these styles will always remain with me.
The pop side of me comes more from my mum.
The quirky side of me is ME! I was drawn to artists like Bjork, Massive Attack and Lamb because something inside me felt connected to that side of life.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Very tricky question. I have a very eclectic taste with music, and so many songs that I love. If I had to narrow it down to only a few there are some that definitely stand out and have stuck with me; ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ – Elvis, ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’ – Kansas, ‘Hyper Ballad’ – Bjork, ‘Drive’ – Incubus.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? I have two places I like to listen to music. One is of course my bedroom, either belting out and dancing along to songs, or lying down with candles and incense and immersing myself within the sounds.
The other place is in the car, at night, when the roads aren’t as busy. It’s usually coming home from a gig. The country roads are even better!
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? Lady Gaga or Bachelor Girl.
Sad? Movie soundtracks or classical music.
Introspective? Tesseract or Architects.
Exhausted? Hmm maybe Chris Stapleton?
11. What was the first album you ever bought? MY FIRST ALBUM! It was one I cherished for so long. It was George Spartel’s album ‘George From Play School’! Haha!
After that – little embarrassed to admit – but I think it was Britney Spears’ album ‘…Baby One More Time’.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I studied opera.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? If music was out of the question – which is hard to imagine in any time, space or universe – BUT if it really wasn’t an option I would still probably choose something within the arts. Probably within the realms of either acting or painting – something where I could still express myself creatively.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!
15. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? LADY GAGA!
16. Tell us about your latest release. My single ‘How Did I Get Here’ lyrically explores the journey and struggles 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 pursuing 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.
17. What do your future plans involve? The plan is to continue releasing more music and sharing my experiences and love for music with the world.
18. Where can our audience catch you live? I have a single launch coming up! April 11 at The Toff In Town in Melbourne.
WEBSITE : www.martikamusic.com
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/martikamusicofficial
INSTAGRAM : www.instagram.com/martika_music
TWITTER : www.twitter.com/tikamusicx
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/martika_music