First a recording artist with a background in jazz, rock & classical music, Josh Martin's niche sound steps into a realm of its own. Whether by using ambient textures, folk or heavy distortion, he is able to produce an emotionally complimentary arrangement that will blend thoughtfully into any medium.
Josh Martin was raised by jazz & rock musicians and was introduced to music early on, learning to play first on piano and then the violin in an orchestral setting.
In his mid-twenties he lived in Los Angeles and collaborated with various art collectives. It was at this time he began songwriting on the guitar. A path that has led to his involvement in several bands spanning genres from twee-punk, folk-rock and most recently an ambient dream-folk project.
His years of experience have not only gained him insight into the recording process but also helped to develop his niche-sound. After some time in Fort Collins (CO), due to word of mouth, he came to the realization that his work, with its emotional ambiance, lent itself well to film. Since, he has been taking pleasure in making original compositions for various mediums.
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Interview with Joshua Martin
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Original Compositions
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Inspired by War on Drugs and Radiohead
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Comfy home studio in Trinidad Colorado
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work flow is consultation followed by an intensive yet playful process of songwriting, score-writing, which is very codependent on coffee and more coffee. Once I achieve an idea a rough draft is quickly furnished for the client for them to give me their feedback.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Mood and ambiance are my strengths.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Ambient Dream Folk
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't get stuck. Keep it moving!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bjork. You know why!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Introspective but open and cinematic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician since I was 10.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Laptop, Microphone, Audio Interface & Ground Coffee
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Use your gut
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to convey?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: How much time I actually spend doing this. It's a lot.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it sound like this? Let's do it!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's my obsession
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to provide quality original work that meets expectations and be friendly along the way.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No clue. I'm new.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An album!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recently working with Sam Hanus, who is a filmmaker. When we start a project it gets done very briskly and sounds fantastic! I love when things are both good and move quickly.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Both are important elements to a well produced modern recording.