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5 minutes with Martin Brown

"I think as well I've tried to adopt a much more cheeky attitude"

Today we welcome a very special talent into the interview room, Martin Luke Brown, welcome!

So, we know your name, but tell us a little bit more about who you are and what it is you do.

Truth be told, at this very moment in my life I'm completely winging it. I've absolutely loved my educated years, but finished A levels the year just past - I've now got a job, hoping to save up and move to London to live music for as long as I can afford! I hear people only ever last around 6 months usually, but it's the place - everything happens there, i can't wait to become a part of that.

I have personally been an avid listener of yours for the past year or so, how long have you been singing and song writing?

Thankyou very much! Err, sounds cliché but I've been singing since I can remember! I come from the more cockney side of Kent originally and we've got cassettes at home of me singing nursery rhymes in a proper thick cockney accent when I was about 5 or 6? I've always loved it. Writing - probably not until I was about 12 or 13.

What is it about music that inspires you? What gives you that satisfaction when you perform?

I think there are two main beauties to performing. I think one is that you're expressing yourself in front of that whole room - there's something really freeing about that that's really addictive. The other is that you get to see people's reactions; you see how it makes them feel. Music is powerful, I love seeing how my music affects others. Another cheeky beauty is just that massive buzz you get afterwards - maybe it's the nerves that help, I quite like nerves for that.

There's something about your voice that is unique, whenever I hear your music I can't help but want more and more of it, what do you think it is that makes your music who you are?

Ooya! Thank you! I couldn't tell you exactly why, but I like to really write my heart out with stuff. I try not to hold back at all - from the heart out the mouth like. I have quite a weird taste in music too, maybe that helps it sound more rounded? Who knows, but I'm glad you feel that way!

This year has been good for you so far, I understand you featured on BBC, tell us a little more about this.

Yeah, it's been really good! It's generally a sad truth that it's who you know not what you know, and I've met some wicked people this year. Mike Tedstone who's a producer I'm working with on my upcoming E.P has been a genuine legend. Mark Elliott was another I met through gigging in the local area, by far the best guitarist I've ever met in person and a genuinely lovely guy. Meeting people like that helps a lot. You've just gotta put yourself out there.

I think as well I've tried to adopt a much more cheeky attitude - if you don't ask you don't get. That was the attitude that got me the session on BBC's The Beat, and a couple of other music-related projects, so yeah! Hopefully it'll keep coming in.

By the way, please check out the two guys I mentioned: - Mike - Mark

On the internet you have a great following, how is the interest in your music where you are from?

It seems it yeah! It's strange though, it just seems like a load of robots really. Lovely, lovely robots mind, but it's odd. I feel famous when I sit at the computer - so I try and keep busy and stay out so I'm not too sucked in by it all.

The interest is really good actually yeah, it's generally people around about my age and younger that hear about my music, and the best ones spread the word around and get all sorts of people into you! The last gig I did had a massive age range there actually - I felt dead proud of that, I don't want my music to have a specific target audience you know? It's amazing really, I'm so grateful for those that help and support.

Who are your greatest inspirations, maybe not just in music, but in life, who has given you that drive and 'want', to chase your dream?

Cliché again, but my family. They've always been brilliant. My Dad's an incredible musician himself, but he's never forced that on me. He's just encouraged me to find my own style, do my own thing and he's just nurtured me along the way you know? My sister's always been my jamming buddy, I can remember when we used to do crappy little harmonised recordings on the computer of all sorts of random songs - she's a really quirky, wise person too. Can never have too many of those people in your life. And my Mum is just the best Mum ever - says she's proud of me about 13569156 times a day, I've been so blessed with my family.

Aside from that, there's been random people in my life that have inspired me - people that go against the grain and just do whatever the hell they want regardless of 99% disagreeing with them, some call that arrogance but I think that's belief, I hope I'm that courageous someday.

Musically - I love all sorts. All the motown stuff, Stevie Wonder especially. The Beatles, The Kinks, Terence Trent D'Arby, Michael Jackson (all the legends). More recent artists I love would be people like John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Erik Hassle, James Morrison, Mumford and Sons etc. Unexpected ones like Pendulum, Jay-Z, and Kanye West I love too.

If you could be at any stage with your music right now, where would you be? What is your ultimate goal?

Ultimate goal would be world domination.

Nahh, there's a million and one things I'd love to do with music. I think to be ABSOLUTELY HUGE would be amazing - having the power to start up things like live8 and stuff, once I get to that level where I feel I could make a difference on a grand scale, I'd feel truly accomplished.

If people want to find out more about your music, where can they go?

All the online stuff! If anyone wants to contact me at all about anything music related, feel free to drop me an email at my stupid email I made when I was 12:

I would like to say it has been a great pleasure speaking with you today, personally, I love your music and I hope that some of our readers will take the opportunity to have a listen and give you some extra support, Thankyou for talking with us!

Pleasure. Thank you for having me

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