Adam Martin In My Dreams Interview

Adam Martin In My Dreams Interview

Adam Martin In My Dreams Interview

Adam Martin's new single 'In My Dreams" announces the arrival of an exciting new tenant in the (edgy-pop) house so deftly built by bands like Coldplay, Temper Trap and Evermore.

In fact the song, a collaboration between Martin and Evermore's Jon Hume, wastes no time drawing you in with its rousing guitar riffs, melodic hook and bright, opulent chorus. 'Jon brought the song to the table and I instantly loved it", says Martin, 'we collaborated on quite a few things musically and it just came together".

The verses are more organic and musically restrained to keep the focus on Martin's vocal lamentation of a love he took for granted. The chorus is where the music expands and exhales as Martin lyrically reunites with his lost love in the lush non-reality of his dreams. The bridge offers a tasty little stripped-back diversion and further showcases the unique gravelly texture in Martin's vocals, perhaps the key to his authenticity.

It took music superstar Keith Urban less than five seconds to identify Martin's special brand of believability. The 25-year-old Victorian had barely sung a line during his televised audition for Channel Nine's ratings juggernaut The Voice, when Urban confidently smacked down on that magic red button and swung his chair around. 'As I started the song I closed my eyes for just a second", says Martin, 'by the time I opened them, Keith Urban was looking at me. Three months of build-up was over in 2 seconds".

While Joel Madden and Delta also laid their claim before the audition was done, Martin was always confident he would choose Urban. 'What appealed to me about Keith was that I was brought up with his music. He was a singer/songwriter who played acoustic guitar. He's really down to earth and a great storyteller."

Martin planned to be an actor having worked in community theatre since the age of 8 years. Then, at 18, he discovered the Beatles and picked up the guitar….thus focusing on his music with more serious intent. 'I always wrote poems and once I learnt 5 chords on the guitar and realised I could set them to my own music – I never looked back". Martin began gigging around Melbourne.

His desire to perform was so strong that at his first gig at the Quietman Hotel" in Flemington He lied about the number of songs he knew how to play to get the job. He built up a dedicated following around Melbourne's highly competitive pub scene and had the opportunity to record some of his original material with a number of notable producers such as Mark Opitz, Eric J. and Stuart Crichton.

It was around this time that there was a lot of discussion among Martin's family and management regarding whether or not the singer/songwriter should audition for 'The Voice". Initially, Martin resisted the idea, for fear of losing his artistic identity. However with his feet planted firmly on the ground, Martin auditioned and it was clear that he had stepped into the opportunity of a lifetime.

'I could never have dreamed that all this would be happening to me right now. When I was deciding what to do with my life, I asked myself -when I'm 75 and looking back, what will make me happy?'

The answer to that question was so clear and really simple", says Martin, 'playing music every day of my life".

Adam Martin is certainly well on his way to making that dream come true.

Evermore and Adam Martin Tour Dates:
Wednesday 8th May: Noosa Surf Club, Noosa or phone (07) 5447 2355

Thursday 9th May: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton
Ticketmaster: 136 100 or and venue box office 07 3268 7500

Friday 10th May: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Oztix: 1300 762 545,

Saturday 11th May: Spring Lakes Hotel, Brisbane
Oztix: 1300 762 545, and over the counter at the venue.

Wednesday 15th May: The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide or 1300 438 849

Thursday 16th May: Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Ticketmaster: 136 100 or

Friday 17th May: Players Bar, Mandurah
Ticketmaster: 136 100 or

Saturday 18th May: The Charles, North Perth
Ticketmaster: 136 100 or

Thursday 23rd May: The Basement, Sydney
Moshtix: 1300 438 849,

Friday 24th May: Revesby Workers Club, Revesby
In Club or On Phone – 02-97722100 or

Saturday 25th May: Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill
In Club or On Phone – 02-96255500 or

Sunday 26th May: Hornsby RSL, Hornsby
In Club or On Phone – 02-94777777 or

Wed 29th May: ANU Bar, Canberra or 13 28 49

Thurs 30th May: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Big Tix:

Fri 31st May: Entrance Leagues Club, Central Coast
Oztix: 1300 762 545,

Sat 1st June: Waves, Wollongong
Moshtix: 1300 438 849,

Interview with Adam Martin

Question: How would you describe In My Dreams?

Adam Martin: Really it's a big sounding power ballad at its core. It's a song about love and loss. Regretting the mistakes you made in the past and wishing you could change them.

Question: What are you looking forward to most about your upcoming tour with Evermore?

Adam Martin: Getting the chance to meet all my fans.

Question: What advice do you have for other Australians looking to audition for The Voice?

Adam Martin: Just be true to yourself and use the opportunity to showcase what and who you are as an artist.

Question: What have you been up to since the show finished?

Adam Martin: Mainly I've been in the studio working on my new tracks, which will hopefully be out this year. I had the chance to work with Powderfingers Darren Middleton and Evermore's Jon Hume; which has been an incredible experience, as I grew up with these guys idolising what they do musically. So to be sitting across from them and working on my tracks is just crazy.

I also went on tour with Icehouse which again was just crazy!

I also went on a solo tour to meet as many fans who supported me on The Voice as possible. That was just amazing to be able to perform to and then meet everyone!

Question: Why was it important, for you, that you work with Keith Urban?

Adam Martin: Keith Urban is a legendary musician. Not only in his genre but in any genre. He has an infinite amount of knowledge and experience and I felt that if I had the chance to work with him I could really benefit from it.

Question: What was it like working with Jon Hume?

Adam Martin: At first it was daunting. Getting the chance to work with such a music legend and hoping we can make something good. After a couple hours it was really awesome! Jon's a great guy and incredibly talented. We clicked instantly, both as mates and musically. I think we came up with some really great tunes.

Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?

Adam Martin: Of course. It's what I love most about music. Creating something from nothing and giving it meaning.

Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?

Adam Martin: There's too many to name them all but a few of my favourites are: The Beatles, The Verve, Radiohead, Muse, Oasis, Crowded House, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkle.

Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?

Adam Martin: Heading back to the studio and working on a few more tracks. Hopefully have it out later this year.

Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?

Adam Martin: There were some rough times when I thought about it... I think it's something everyone goes through in any career. But when it came down to it I couldn't really see myself doing anything else really (laughs).

Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?

Adam Martin: The two are so different it's like chalk and cheese really. I love recording because its where i can experiment and create but the buzz that comes from getting on stage pouring out everything and connecting with people… there's nothing like it.

Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?

Adam Martin: As a kid my big brother really inspired me to sing but my whole family gave me the support and inspiration I needed to try.

Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?

Adam Martin: Running in with bad management.

Question: What's a typical day like?

Adam Martin: My days usually consist of writing new songs and jamming (I can lock myself away for hours like this), eating something awesome, connecting with fans, watching TV; as well as spending time with friends and family.

Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?

Adam Martin: My favourite part is that my passion and love of music is my job! It's amazing to get on a stage or sit in a studio and think "I'm working" I'm just incredibly lucky to be doing it!

Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?

Adam Martin: Paul McCartney

Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?

Adam Martin:

Interview by Brooke Hunter