One on One With Martin Yates
First off, Congratulations on the release of your latest single Scars of Your Love. You sang your heart out and really showed maturity and growth vocally. Being apart of the Letterman Family we want to wish you continued success with your new single Scars of Your Love and even more success for the future. Marty, for those people wondering who you are why don’t you tell them a little about yourself?
VM: So tell us…a little about Martin Yates, where you from?
MY: I’m a singer/songwriter from the U.K, Birmingham born
VM: At what age did you start singing? Outside of singing do you have any other talents?
MY: I remember singing from a young age, maybe 5 or 6 years old and I just fell in love with the feeling that singing gave me. Honestly? Singing is one of my only talents haha. I’ve always had a talent for turning my hand all the way around the other way which people seem to love. It’s my go-to party trick, even though everybody thinks its weird haha!
VM: Who was your biggest influence growing up and when did it really hit you that singing was something you wanted to do as a career?
MY: My biggest influence growing up and even now is Whitney Houston. I watched her from the age of 4 and taught myself to sing just by watching her live performances. I was always into the great voices from back in the day like Mariah, Chaka, Aretha… oooh Stevie Nicks was always a major influence for me growing up too.
I knew that music was a career choice for me by the time I was 11. I recorded my first demo back then, I still have it and remember the excitement I had while I was in the studio. I loved the long days, creative process and the vibe that being in the studio gave me. So ever since that time, I knew that it was the only career I could see myself doing.
VM: Scars of Your Love, is your first officially release single. When was it released and how does it feel to finally have your project out for the world to listen to? What kind of feedback have you received thus far?
MY: Scars of Your Love was released on September 2nd this year. The night before the release, I couldn’t control how nervous I was, I felt so sick. I remember being at home and going outside just to breath & hoped that people liked it. But the feeling of peoples incredible reactions is soooo rewarding that all the nervous energy was replaced with excitement. The feedback and support from people is something that I could only have wished for. Everybody has been so amazing. I get videos being sent to me of people singing along to my track and I’m just sat there in tears looking at the videos. That makes the whole process so worth it.
VM: Tell us a little about Scars of Your Love, did you write the song?
MY: Scars of Your Love is like my first born child haha. It was the first song that really took shape during the process. It was right at the start of the EP making that I came up with the track. I wrote it along with a guy named Simon Pereira, who’s songwriting skills are incredible and he’s got a fucking epic voice on him too. It’s one of two tracks we’ve done together for the record. The track is about an experience I had during my first ever relationship last year. So everything was completely new to me, I fell hard for somebody who turned out to be the worst person I could have chosen to fall in love with haha. I was really messed up, So for me to get over it somehow, I just one day opened my writing book and just started scribbling lyrics on the page, and Scars of Your Love was born.
VM: You also shot your first visual ever for Scars of Your Love, Tell us about that experience; who produced the video, where was it shot?
MY: The video was shot with Chris Brooker. His skills behind a camera are so detailed, he’s incredible. The video looked so much more amazing than I could ever have imagined. It was shot in London. That was important for me to do that because the experience that the song is about took place in London last year. I remember it being a long day, It was such an fucking epic experience. I treated myself to the biggest KFC bucket when I went back to my hotel afterwards haha.
VM: Okay, enough about all the basics lets have a little fun. Being an artist you obviously listen to other musicians who are you listening to the most these days?
MY: Adele is my one and only, I absolutely adore that woman. Sam Smith is incredible. I love Amy Winehouse, and the documentary on her life makes me cry like crazy. Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran, I love Florence + The Machine, Jessie Ware, Foals, Tobias Jesso JR & Tom Odell.
VM: What is the last song played in your itunes?
MY: Emeli Sande – Hurts
VM: Out of all the new artist out today who cant you listen to, like it makes you sick to your stomach to hear?
MY: Nooo I can’t say that, let’s say I love everybody haha.
VM: Name one artist or producer you would love get a chance to work with today?
MY: Adele, my god that would be fucking crazy to be able to write with her. I’d love to work with Paul Epworth, Jimmy Napes, Ryan Tedder, Bruno Mars… so many.
VM: Donald Trump, what you do you think about his race for presidency of the United States?
MY: I think we’d need to talk about that over a bottle of Rosé haha. I try and keep out of all politics, but I gotta say Hilary to win.
VM: What do you think about Vendng Machine the brand ?
MY: Vendng Machine is one of my favorite all round blogs. I’ve followed it for a few years and it’s always my go-to site for news and exclusives. I love it.
VM: Lastly, what is next for Martin Yates, what should we be looking out for?
MY: We’re in the process of planning new and exciting things to come before the year is over. It’s gonna be a busy end to the year. There will be a second single coming before the EP is released. I just can’t wait for the EP to come out now, I’m almost ready to share my stories with people.
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