May Interview: Smoking Martha!

May 10, 2017
Check out Smoking Martha from Brisbane, Australia!
1. Which do you find more difficult/intimidating ~ performing for a comparatively small audience (especially one that you know includes family and/or friends) in a more intimate venue or for a huge [faceless/anonymous] crowd at an enormous stadium? 
Size doesn’t really matter it’s the vibe that makes the show more fun or intimidating.  It is definitely way more fun when the crowd knows your music and joins in, but if you can give it your all and win over a tough crowd who have never heard you before, it is extremely satisfying!!

2. Does anyone still have a collection of vinyl or cassettes? If you have vinyl, which is your most cherished album?
We all love and collect Vinyl, I have claimed my mum’s collection from the 70s but continually adding to it, one of my most cherished is Melanie candles in the rain 1970 crackles and all.

3. Is there a code of ethics/conduct amongst professional musicians who are on the same bill…and even in the same band? Maybe things like always acknowledging the band that played before you and the ones who come later on the bill, making sure to
introduce each member of your own band, not touching/moving other bands’ gear, etc.

It is so important for us to stick together and support independent music, we will always stay from start to finish at all of our shows, we love music and will do whatever we can to keep the local live music scene alive!!

4. Worst injury any of you has ever suffered onstage?
Micks fallen on his back a few times but continued playing, Az and Matty have thrown up a few times side of stage, lots of bleeding fingers,  I’ve had my hair caught in a few guitar /bass necks, and Jord got an ingrown hair on his knee.


5. Most important lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry: 
Don't get in random cars with random record executives... they get you in and say 'now suck my cock Gary!

6. Which generally comes first in your song writing process, lyrics or instrumentals? Or does it vary so much that there is no “generally?
Normally guitar for the basic structure and then lyrics and melody, and then bass, drums!!

7. What's the best thing a fan could say to you after a show? 
Sign my boobs!!

8. Do it for the fans? Or do it for yourself? 
Both, you need to believe in and enjoy what you do in order for your fans to enjoy your music.

9. Things go wrong when you play live: Have you ever played one of those shows when the “wrong” wasn’t something that only members of the band or other musicians in the audience would notice, but was of the “absolutely no hiding it” type? 
We were playing a show in Melbourne on a pretty tiny stage, the sound was terrible echo for years and the heel of my boot got caught in the back of my lace dress so I tried to hide it by going down on my knees I then fell backwards, none of the boys saw so when I was lying flat on my back Mick stood on my hair nearly ripping it out of my head as I tried to get back up, I just shook it off and continued head banging. I don’t think many people noticed just the few at the front with my hoo ha in their faces lol.

10. For the females in the band ~ Do you have male groupies? And how do they act?
It’s hard to envision guys acting the way the stereotypical female groupies do, but… I’ve had a few proposals yelled out but they all get shy when I actually meet them.

11. Where do you all come from, musically speaking? Have you been a musician/in a band since you were a kid? Did you take lessons or are you self-taught? And is the genre you play now what you started out in/have there been some musical detours along the way? 
We are mostly self-taught, and we very much write by ear, with the exception of the prodigy classical child Mathew lol, we have all been inspired musically by such a wide variety of genres Metal, rock, jazz, blues and everything in between.

12. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
Wayne’s world

13. Do you think stage presence is a gift someone either has or doesn’t? 
I think you can definitely improve its just about confidence and staying true to yourself. I think once you have perfected the musical performance you can have more fun with your physical performance.

14. Is what the band wears a consideration that you discuss as a group (and if so, does one of you have the final say on whether something is inappropriate, do you have a stylist, or do you all just put on whatever you’re feeling for each gig?
Nah we all wear what we want, with the exceptions of photo shoots and music videos, then I just make sure the colours work, I’m in fashion so don’t mind styling the boys a little when they let me ha ha.

15. Does having both males and females in the band cause occasional “clashes of the genders,” make for a more creative musical environment due to different perspectives/approaches that each gender brings, or have absolutely no bearing on the creative process?
Not at all, we are all really comfortable with each other, they try not to fart in the jam room and I try not to talk too much shit.

16. How important is the choice of producer for your albums? 
Really important, personally I still have so much to learn, we are always open to ways of improving our sound.

17. Do you currently have any endorsements? Which endorsements are you looking to get?
No, but looking at Castlemaine brewery, The Drambuie Liqueur Company Limited, VB. Guitar and bass strings and drum sticks, cymbals would be handy also!!


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