Martin Luke Brown‘s latest release ‘65 Roses‘ has garnered some serious attention online, seeing his fanbase growing every day. We catch up with the London songwriter to chat about his latest track, his influences and what’s to come in 2017.
‘65 Roses‘ is shiver-inducing. How did the track come about?
Thanks. And sorry, ha. I wrote ‘65 Roses‘ nearly 3 years ago when I was at university in halls. I’d just came back to London from Emma’s funeral/send off up in Leicester and I just wrote it one night. I don’t think I actually recorded it or showed it to anyone for a couple of years.
How did you start out in music?
I think I did my first proper gig when I was 14. Most of the time it would be just sitting around writing stuff on the piano at my parent’s house though. I never really listened to that much, I just liked making stuff up to show people. A few years/shit jobs later I was working with the dude that taught me music tech at A Level. We wrote music for various TV and film projects before I moved down to London. I had to kick it up a gear – I played so many shows and wrote so, so many songs, and it’s all just spiralled I guess. Nothing spectacular, just working hard really.
What have you got in store for your upcoming performance at Patterns in Brighton?
A dance troupe of ladyboys!! No, sadly just me, my keys and some loopy trigger things. It’ll still be fun though I’m sure.
Are you a fan of the artists you’re sharing a bill with?
Yeah Lucas is cool man. He’s got some strong vibes.
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
I recently discovered Tingsek, a Swedish producer/artist. He’s a big one. Bon Iver is always good for that gritty homemade vibe. John Mayer, always. Kanye for the undeniably mental but great production, especially Life of Pablo. And Kendrick. I just love how progressive he is. There’s not nearly enough of that in pop culture.
Any other new artists that you’ve played with and would recommend?
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Martin Luke Brown?
Hopefully a shit load of money so I can live in one of those sweet pimped up sheds in the middle of nowhere and make music every day for the rest of my life. Failing that – some new tunes are coming out and I’ve been working on some other projects too so it’s gonna be a busy one for sure.