Musical Rooms

May 20, 2008

Musical Rooms Part 27: Jeff Martin

Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 1:21 pm
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“My favourite place to create music is home at home – I live alone so anywhere in the house is fine. I have guitars placed around the house, at the end of my bed, in the sitting room and my little home studio – it’s nice to pick up the guitar at any point and play away. I’ve just moved in here so it’s a brand new space. I wanted to have just plain white walls and no pictures. It’s a very basic plain white room so it’s exactly what I’ve wanted for a very long time.

Guitar is definitely my main instrument, everything starts with that. Vocals, lyrics and arrangements come later. I have a basic home recording set-up a Mac laptop some mics and some software that I use for demos and home recording. Any recordings for releases are done at the Experimental Audio studio.

The most important thing in this room is time. It takes time for me to get into a creative zone and the more time I spend in there, the more I come up with. It can be fragmented by the day-to-day requirements of life and external commitments, but time followed by silence are the most important things.

Isolation is vital for me. Creating music is a hugely personal thing, particularly vocal melodies and coming up with, and trying out, lyrical ideas. I have no internet connection or telephone in my studio room, the mobile phone is always left outside too. There’s nothing worse than being interrupted by a call.

I like to keep things simple and I don’t need too much as I only demo here. I love the guitar, so I have a few nice ones: a G&L Telecaster, Fender Telecaster, Gibson SG, Fender Jaguar, two Acoustics (Guild & Takamine) and a Fender Jazz bass. I have a vintage 100W Marshall head with a 4×12 cab along with a smaller practice amp. For recording I have an Apple Mac laptop with Alesis monitors running Ableton, Reason and Pro-Tools. I also have a few basic mics, synths, glockenspiel and some other odds and ends.

I love seeing all my gear permanently set up ready and waiting to be used, I can go in any time I feel like it, I don’t have to work around other people’s schedules. It’s a place to escape from everyday pressures.”

Jeff Martin releases Spoons – A Collection of Remixes, Collaborations & Interpretations on Friday May 23rd. Contributors include Minotaur Shock (4AD), John McEntire (Tortoise/The Sea & Cake), The High Llamas (Drag City), David Pajo (Slint/Papa M), Mice Parade (Fat Cat), Jeniferever (Drowned in Sound) and John Parish (PJ Harvey) amongst others. Visit for more information.

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