Where are you from?
I currently live in Hastings, Sussex England on the South Coast and moved from Brighton two and a half years ago which is just down the coast. Hastings is famous for the battle in 1066. Where the battle took place is now a roundabout in a road in a place called Battle a few miles from Hastings and is close to a castle. I am originally from Manchester in the north of England and moved to Wales when I was nine years of age.
Tell us about your sound and your new project:
“Simple Things Are The Best” was written on acoustic guitar and I kept it simple using an acoustic electric sound for the recording as it fitted with the melody and the laid back feel of the top line. The lyric explores the modern world of automation and how this affects humans with a question about who are the robots and who are the humans. I have also worked in offices where people are glued to the computer and where organizations have difficulty making decisions, as the computer is always right. It’s a kind of analysis paralysis syndrome. There are also the addiction issues and the hackers and what will happen when it all goes down, help! Musically it is in the mellow rock and easy listening vain. Because of the lyric and subject it just felt right doing it in a chilled way. The next single is more rock orientated and is a joint composition with a friend and writing partner, which changes the color of the sound slightly. I think it’s important to do different things to keep it interesting. I also write and record in different genres.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by stories about other people, their lives and situations so I’m interested in truisms. I grew up in Wales and was influenced by the great poets from a young age like Dylan Thomas. Musicians I have to mention are The Beatles, Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Radiohead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and many others I’d like to mention but the list would be too long.
Where do you see your career in 5 years?
I would like to think that in five years I have made some impact into peoples lives in some way with my music. I have a lot of songs that are not out there yet so I am looking optimistically forward to releasing them.
Where can we check out your sounds:
You can check out my sounds on my website at http://www.martinlwilliams.com/
Tell the people something they need to know:
When I was young living in Wales I integrated into the Welsh culture and was persuaded to take up clog dancing (a Welsh tradition) and appeared several times on BBC and ITV television in the UK. Also several poems were published in 2 anthology books. I started off as a drummer in a blues band at the age of 14 playing John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy before taking up the guitar. At one gig the band were removed by the police for being under age as it was licensed to sell alcohol. I attended the Manchester School of Music to learn Segovia classical guitar and later changed my nylon strings for steel ones to play in bands and as a solo artist. In 1979 I worked with Leeds Music as a writer and artist at the Universal building in Piccadilly London. I wrote and recorded my own songs at the studio and with a female artist. Unfortunately Leeds Music was going through big changes and the recordings were never released. Sadly Leeds music was taken over by another company. I have also worked as a Professional Social Worker and clinical Hypnotherapist utilizing language and metaphor to assist others to maximize their potential including writers and musicians.
Singer/Song-Writer Martin Williams has just released his latest music video to accompany his most recent single "Simple Things Are the Best."
Recently signed to Sonorous Records in May of 2018, Martin released "Simple Things are the Best", his first single with the label, on October 26th, 2018. The single has been described as having a mellow feel with a rhythmical automated beat whilst the vocal has a colorful rich tone. The lyric tells the story of automation in the modern world and the intensity and drawbacks on its reliance by humans. On the recording Martin plays guitars, lead vocal and backing vocals, while Phil Saatchi plays bass guitar.
Martin broke into the music scene back in 1979 when he signed to Leeds Music/Universal. Between 2005 and 2009, the United Kingdom artist released two albums, and notably was an artist on the Goa Chillout Zone Vol. 2 which hit Number 2 on the charts in India. Martin has previously released music to radio in North America, Europe and Asia and has placed music with WOA Records, Big Fuss Records, Getty Music, Moozikoo Music and Merf Music Group Nashville.
Music Video: https://youtu.be/DUcCc9xTALQ