Derek Martin - Singer/Songwriter

Sounds likeRyan Adams Tom Petty Bruce Springsteen
LocationNorth Ayrshire

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I started songwriting about a year ago when I found my guitar that had been hidden away for over 10 years. When I picked it up and started to play songs they just fell out of me. I was not looking for music it found me or maybe it was always in me waiting. I wrote mainly for myself, about my experiences in life - how I felt about where I was and where I was going. Inspired by the story telling from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams I wanted to write honest songs about the world I was looking at. Once I had a few songs I was happy with the natural thing, i'd imagine is the same for any songwriter, is to play and be heard. So I put together a couple of demos on my laptop and posted them onto Facebook. I found that my feelings about love, friendship, hardship, joy, escapism and daydreaming resonated with others. This gave me the confidence to keep going and I recorded my first studio demo track Calm Before the Storm in August 2017. So here I am ready to go back to the studio to record more tracks then hope to go out armed with a great set-list to get the songs heard and enjoyed by as many people as I can.

What’s a back-story for a song? One track,Nightingale, was written for my daughter who was around 1 year old at the time. It meant to be written as a message to her about how I will be there for her and how I will help her to be what she can and wants to be. What I realized is the song is also about how actually she is the one who helps me be the best I can be. Its a beautiful lullaby and I am very proud of it - and her for that matter.

What are you working on at the moment? My initial plans are to record more tracks over the next 3-6 months to get a EP together. I have just started a social media page and playing some live shows and looking to share my work and hopefully get myself heard.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Dancing in the Dark. You cant start a fire ......

What was the first gig you went to? Cast Liverpool Royal Court 1995??

Which song do you wish you'd written? She bangs the drums

Which song changed your life? Live Forever

Which song would you like played at your funeral? Whatever happened to my rock and roll BRMC

What song is stuck in your head right now?Wings of speed Paul Weller

What was the first Album you bought? Cast All Change

Which song made you want to play music? Live Forever

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