‘Old Southern Soul’ is about having an extreme fondness for the South, yet being from somewhere else… like an Old Soul reminiscing with memories of a past life – and whiskey is the trigger!
Episode #555: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax :
Interview by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Person Interviewing: Kim Martin
Song name: Old Southern Soul
Music Genre: Country
My EP, Old Southern Soul is the culmination of genuine heart with a fresh outlook on the country scene. It’s got that chilled California vibe intertwined with the grit of Southern rock. Inspired by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson,The Eagles, etc… Strong vocals, harmonies and great story telling are what musically move me.
My songs are a direct reflection of my sassy, vivacious spirit, exposing my vulnerable side through songwriting that people can relate too.
How does this song relate to you… This song is a direct reflection of me, not only in music, but in life. I’m in my launch mode as well, like a butterfly whose shed her cocoon, I’m ready to soar. I have devoted my whole life to music and have been working as a full time musician for over 14 years with my cover band. This song is a separate project from my band and I needed different musicians. When I finally found the right producer/collaborator to work with I knew it was time to dive in. I wrote my songs after experiences I had lived through and these songs are an extension of me and my soul that people are relating to. Launching this song is also launching the real me.
Where do you create your music? I write most of my songs in my studio at home on my acoustic guitar and sometimes on the keyboard. I also work-out at home, and some of my ideas actually come to me while I’m on the treadmill in the backyard, so I’ll hop off and write them down. I have an older Roland DS 2000 for recording rough drafts, it works for the first stages of building a song. I also have a Korg Triton keyboard for the finger drums and other instruments.
I’m a bass player first (Berklee Grad) but taught myself acoustic guitar a few years back for songwriting. I come up with a basic rhythm, chord pattern, melody, and start working on lyrics.
Then I take that to the studio in LA, where my Collaborator/Producer/Engineer Hank Linderman (Eagles,Chicago, America) plays and records the guitar parts, drums and I do the bass and vocals.
I love my Ibanez Soundgear basses. They fit my small hands perfectly, balance well and are feminine looking. I also like the program Master Writer for lyric ideas, it really helped me improve my songwriting.
How do you find a balance in life…
I’m always keeping my ears and mind open for ideas or inspirations for songs. They come to me in everyday life. I am a full time musician, so the days I don’t play are the days I focus on creativity. It can’t be forced though, I have to be in a motivated state of mind. If I feel too tired, I listen to my body and relax. I exercise regularly and love to spend time with my cats. I tend to be a bit of a workaholic the rest of the time. I’m usually up late doing something on the computer till 4 am, so I sleep in. I’ve always been more creative at night and there seems to be less distractions. My social life is combined with my live gigs.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? I had a phone conversation with Dick Dale, prior to opening for him on New Year’s Eve 2002 at The Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana, California. He saw a video of a performance I did (which was early in my performing career) I play bass and sing lead vocals and wasn’t moving around very much. His advice to me was:
“No matter how good you are on your instrument, nobody wants to watch you just stand and play. You have to connect with people in the audience, look them in the eye and per Tina Turner…You have to shake your ass and be a sexy bitch!” True story.
Ever since then I can’t keep still. I’m always shaking it!
I live in the Inland Empire of Southern California. It’s about 50 miles East of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. We have a lot of clubs and Indian Casinos in this area. The music scene is mostly Classic Rock and Country based. My band just appeared on a cool Music TV Show called Musicology, thru KVCR PBS. Spotlighting artists in the Inland Empire. http://musicologyie.com/event/musicology-season-1-ep-5-lowtops-kim-martin
Website & social media links:
Official Site: http://www.kimmartinmusic.com