Martha Paton is a singer and songwriter from England, whose music has the power to move your soul. I have had her songs on repeat every since being introduced to her a couple of months ago.. If your in the mood for chillin or lurve this girl is where it’s at and I can’t wait to see where this girl goes… but I am guessing the only way is up for Martha.
Tell me about yourself and how you got into singing professionally.
I’m Martha and i’m a 20 year old Singer/Songwriter from Hampshire. My main instruments are the acoustic guitar and ukulele and I first started gigging about a year ago in pubs and bars around where i live. Since then i’ve been a support act for Charlotte O’Connor as part of her European tour, played at The Great Escape festival in Brighton and had my songs featured on BBC Introducing. I will also be performing at Beach Break Live in Wales this summer which is really exciting!
How do you get inspiration for your own material that you write?
I tend to be inspired by other people so very few of my songs are written about me or from my point of view. I guess i just find other people far more interesting to talk about than myself. I find it difficult to sit myself down and write a song because it seems so un-natural. Sometimes a line or idea will just pop into my head at the most random of times and that often develops into a song. I’m also inspired by a lot of films and news stories as they basically give you a ready made plot and all you have to do is make it shorter and put it to music!
What is your philosophy on life?
That’s a hard one. I’m struggling to not come up with the same old cliche’s that everybody uses! I guess my song ‘Skipping at the back’ is kind of my philosophy on life, about how the human race is always going to be competitive but we’re all running for different things. So don’t worry about whose ahead of you and just go at your own pace.
Whats the best and worst gig’s you have ever done?
The best gig i ever did was at The Great Escape festival in Brighton a few weeks ago. It was the first time me and my band had performed together and the reaction we got was amazing. It was just such a great atmosphere and i even got asked to sign CD’s which was a bit mental! I don’t really have a specific gig that was awful but sometimes when you perform at pubs where people are getting a bit merry, they tend to become rowdy which means you can’t hear yourself play over the noise. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does you’ve just got to keep going and appreciate the people who are listening.
What are your personal favourite records of all time?
I have so many it’s so hard! Most of the music i remember listening to when i was younger was on long car journeys to Devon or the Lake District with my parents. We’d listen to a lot of Travis, Lightening Seeds, Blondie, The Coral and The Beautiful South because that’s what they liked. As i got slightly older I began listening to more singer/songwriters such as Jack Johnson, Laura Marling, Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spector which may have been the reason why i started writing songs myself. So if i had to choose my favourite records of all time the first one would have to be ‘In Between Dreams’ By Jack Johnson because i find it impossible to overplay his songs. The next would be the first album by The Coral because it’s just an AMAZING album and not enough people have heard it. Then it would have to be a toss up between Arctic Monkeys – ‘What ever people say i am, that’s what i’m not’, Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘By The Way’ and The Fratellis – ‘Dog In A Bag’. However i have to admit I am secretly a massive Taylor Swift fan and there is no greater feeling than blasting her songs out in the car and singing along at the top of your voice!
What are your plans for the future?
Well i’ve just started recording my EP which should hopefully be out by August so that’s really exciting! I’ve recorded a few songs in studios in the past but i’ve never really been completely satisfied with the results, so i decided to just buy myself a microphone and do it all with the help of a friend. That way i can take time over it and make it sound exactly how i want! Other than that i’ve got a few festivals lined up including Beach Break Live and and Summer Nights Festival in Losely Park. I’m also hoping to get a few gigs in Cornwall and Devon this summer as i think my music could fit in quite well down there.