Late last year Aidan Martin released his album Refugee. The album is a true testament to this passion in creating music that inspires consciousness, freedom of thought and freedom of creation and is accessible to everyone. We love this album and it in fact featured on our Top Albums of 2017 video.
Congratulations on the launch of your stunning album Refugee!
Thank you so much! I have to say I am very proud of the final product but have to remind myself and stress, this doesn’t come easy. Blood, sweat and a whole lot of hours go into creating a full length album. Especially if you want to give it 120% at all times.
Do you have faith that the world is ever going to open its eyes to the reality of refugees and their suffering, as opposed to the current climate where politicians are portraying them as a nuisance to be kept out?
I had a much broader meaning when writing the song and it’s relatable to many different situations, people and cultures everywhere in the world. I want it to promote freedom of thought, freedom of speech and and freedom of consciousness.
To answer your question:
I don’t know, probably not. The sad thing is that, it’s the leaders that create this situation as they have their own agendas, more than often driven by greed. Where leadership has been replaced by the illusive concept of power through fear.
Blood, sweat and a whole lot of hours go into creating a full length album. Especially if you want to give it 120% at all times
You describe your music as Afro Rock / PurpleBlues / Rhythm &Soul / Freedom / Changeling. We are intrigued by the ‘PurpleBlues’ part…what does that mean? 😊
PurpleBlues is a mixture of perseverance, pain, and therapeutic expression. The lyrics are usually motivational, where although realising the struggles and hardships in life, you find the strength and drive to push through and to find a place where you can add value.
You worked with award-winning Producer Graham Ward, on this project. What was it like working with him?
He’s easy going and has a great sense of humour, so there was a lot of laughter going on. It was amazing to work with someone who has so much talent and experience as a musician. Where the rhythm section became a facet that adds so much more than just support, instead it adds and enhances the rest of the composition. I also learnt how important working with vocals can be, bringing in harmonies, different tones and octaves, there is really so much more that can be done when working with an experienced producer.
Where was the album recorded?
At Ward-Wide Studios, situated in Woodstock, Cape Town.
The lyrics are usually motivational, where although realising the struggles and hardships in life, you find the strength and drive to push through and to find a place where you can add value
Describe a typical day in the studio
Normally I would get there at about 11am or so. Then we would work till we were tired. Basically once the creative juices flow and you get into the groove, it is worth the while to push through until it hits the spot.
The state that the world is currently in, Leaders Mislead Us is a very fitting song. Can you tell us how this song came about? Did one specific event inspire it?
The Title/Chorus actually came last. I wanted something up-tempo and had this cool riff. I started writing the verses out. By then I pretty much knew what the song was about. There is a lot going on musically in this song. I’m quite pleased with the bridge section lyrics:
No petition will foster
To rid the imposter
On the road to perdition
Time to incite sedition
The truth has been censored
The high priest has entered
Sadistic intentions condoned
While the people are stoned
So all in all this isn’t really about one specific event but rather the state of being that we have found ourselves in within this age. Or in fact the state of being that we were never able to escape. Where the truth is shoved under the rug and the lies are sold as a cure to the reality of struggle.
the state of being that we were never able to escape. Where the truth is shoved under the rug and the lies are sold as a cure to the reality of struggle
You recorded two versions of ‘Get Together’ (both of which feature on the album). Can you give us more details of how two versions transpired?
Well there are actually three versions. The first I recorded at Valve House on an EP I put together.
The alternate version on the album is the same take, I just redid the Vocals, Graham played Congas and we remixed and mastered it. It’s slightly re-arranged as well. I guess here I brought in a bit more of the Afro/Rock style that I have been exploring more during this time.
For the electric version Graham had the idea of playing the drums in 4/4 (well he didn’t get the waltz feel we intended to keep). Once we heard the play-back of the drums we were sold though. Depending on the gig I either play the one or the other.
Who are some of your favourite composers?
Fela Kuti, Jimmy Page, Bob Marley, Ali Farka Toure’ ,John Coltrane, Bob Dylan and many many more!
Where is the album available?
iTunes, Apple music, Bandcamp, Amazon, Deezer, Spotify and on my website www.aidanmartin.co
If fans want to see what you are up to where can they find out information?
Thanks for the chat and we wish you all the success for 2018 and Refugee.