High energy indie-rock musician Andy Martin has shared the video for his latest single, ‘Heat Of It All’. The original single premiered via CLOUT Magazine and the video premiered via CLASH Music. The rising star is currently under the mentorship of Ian Haug (guitarist of Powderfinger and The Church as well as the owner of Airlock Studios, where the single was recorded) and James See (previously worked with Thelma Plum) stepped forward to assist with the production. Embarking on his solo career earlier this year, Andy Martin’s previous two singles have already seen him sitting at over 80 000 plays on Spotify along with national airplay on Triple J. Formally trained, James Morrison “discovered” Andy Martin during a live performance and invited him to study at the Mt Gambier Academy (which Morrison founded). Amongst his many achievements, Martin has previously shared a stage with Alex Lahey as well as performed at the Commonwealth Games.
Originally from the tropical shores of Cairns, Australia, Andy Martin is currently based in Brisbane where he succeeded in securing funding from Arts Queensland to complete and release his debut EP due late this year. Originally a trumpet player, Martin has performed with internationally acclaimed brass bands as well as played leads in various musicals. However, a turning point for him was when James Morrison discovered Martin performing in the remote community of Yarrabah and invited him to study at the academy at the young age of 17. The young artist intends to move to London in 2021 to further his career in the industry.
Andy Martin finds inspiration in the classic stylings of British rocker Sam Fender, guitar virtuoso John Mayer as well as the Australian songstress Gretta Ray as well as a fair amount of folk music. In turn, Martin’s own comparisons sit close to associations with the likes of Sam Fender, Catfish & the Bottlemen and Circa Waves springing to mind.
Martin charms with his one-man-band music video, that hooks the viewer in with the guitarist’s energetic riffs and strumming that beam with bold and positive energy from start to finish. This sunshine effect carries over into the conviction in Martin’s tone along with his raspy vocal delivery and smoldering charisma as a performer. Putting a pragmatic and optimistic spin on the self-isolation mandated recording style, the grungy stylings of the home shed off play the high energy of the single, providing the perfect old school indie rock breakthrough style.
The rising star goes on to describe the creation of the original single, “Most of the songs I write come together in a matter of hours. ‘Heat of it All’ was not one of those. I actually wrote the hook/chorus for this around 3/4 years ago. I had been playing around with progressions and some of the verse lyrics. That is why I am so proud of this song. It shows how I have evolved as a songwriter of the last few years. If you want to dance, cry, laugh or hold somebody, this ones for you (so everyone!).”
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“Out now, it’s a summer hymn, one that displays the breadth of talent he is working with.” CLASH Music
“Creating highly energetic indie-rock with a twist of pop in the mix, ‘Heat Of It All’ provides an elevating sound within the current madness of the world.” CLOUT
“‘Mess We Made’ draws influence from Sam Fender and heavyweights Gang of Youths… but you definitely get the “Andy” touch. It is a very driving, up-tempo, Indie Rock track delving into the highs and lows of a relationship. It has many contrasts and draws you in at every point of the song for different reasons.” The Hype Machine
“The Cairns born singer is mostly a solo artist, the only instrument he isn’t playing in his tracks being the drums. From the vocals to the instrumental, what we as the audience have heard so far is truly captivating and just a tad catchy too.” The Creative Issue
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