With a new single out and her debut EP just a month away, we found out a little more about alternative pop upstart Martha Hill
Sometimes when you hear an artist for the first time there is something about them that makes them different. An intrinsic quality that you can’t quite put your finger on, but it sets them apart in their own unique way. Martha Hill is one of these artists.
Whether it is the experiences and memories made trawling around Europe as a street musician, her remote upbringing in Soctland, or everything and anything the young artist has seen in between, Martha has channelled this into crafting indelible music and a unique and honest style. As next months debut EP release has just been preceded by new single ‘Pick Me Up‘, and a UK headline tour begins in October, we figured there was no better time to introduce you to the exciting alternative pop talent that is Martha Hill.
Who TF is Martha Hill?
Hello, it’s me, Martha Hill. I sing and I play music and I live in Newcastle oioi.
How long have you been making music?
Since I can remember. I used to make a drum kit out of pans when I was a kid, and my mum taught me a bit of piano. Also I started learning trombone through the school when I was about 10! I started playing guitar and writing songs at about 14.
Why do you make music?
I’ve always done it for fun, and then when I left home I was 17 and there weren’t that many jobs going so I started playing on the streets so I could pay my rent. Then I used it as a means to travel around Europe which was a laugh.
What are your biggest influences?
I get influenced a lot by the day to day. Musically I’m well into Mø, Sylvan Esso and Little Dragon at the minute.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
I loved playing the BBC Introducing stage at Latitude this year. Also I got to support Maximo Park accompanied by an orchestra last year which was ridiculous.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
Whatever they need- not for me to say really.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
Ah, I think that may be a mythical moment. 14-year-old me would see me now and think I was already there! I try to focus more on what’s happening now rather than future goalposts that keep moving further back.
Over the last few years you’ve built up a catalogue of great tunes, what is your writing process like?
Ah thanks. Usually I’m cycling or something and a line will come into my head- lyrics and melody together- so I’ll sing it into a voice memo. When I hear it back often the next line comes as well, and i go on like that.
You also recently released the powerful single ‘Blindfold’, can you tell us some more about the track?
I’m glad you like it. I had a pretty miserable break-up, and ran off to Portugal for a while to try and get over it. I wrote that song whilst living in an old bus with this Canadian lass and her boyfriend-we were all living with a family there and helping them establish themselves on a bit of land they’d bought. The vocal arrangement just happened, sometimes you have little moments where you fart a song out and it just works.
What can we expect from your upcoming EP Be Still?
Be Still is all about self-exploration. I wanted my debut EP to be a self-portrait; something to introduce me and my music, and I feel like Be Still does just that. It’s all about navigating who I am as an individual and also in relation to the world around me- all the different people, relationships, situations, mental states. It’s all about being in your early 20s and just trying to suss it all out.
It’s also an exploration musically- I like to touch on lots of different genres, the only common thread really being my voice and my story. In-keeping with the theme of exploration, each track more or less was written and recorded at completely different times with different people, giving it a laid back and journey like quality.
And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
10 yr old Lilly ❤