So great to hear the news of your comeback! You’re a personal favorite of mine and I am really looking forward to your new material. 🙂
Thank you again! :):):)
Thank you very much. It is a bit surreal to be honest. I knew that I wanted to put together a new CD of new material but the response that I have been receiving has been so heartwarming, it makes me wish that I had even more material coming out!!! Hopefully there will be a demand for more MARTIKA music and I will follow this CD with another! I am just enjoying the moment right now!!!
Tell us where Martika has been these last few years and what projects you have been working on?
I have been busy working on an Internet Series called J8DED which was very fun and a lot of work. I did a project called OPPERA and we released two CD’s which were experimental and toured with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. That was AMAZINGLY fun!!!
It is a very up tempo dance/club song. I won’t give away too much other than to say I think that it is a lot of fun and should get people dancing!! I am super excited to do the video for this song!
As a matter of fact, yes! I plan on touring all through 2012 AND it looks like I will be in Australia much sooner than anticipated!
The people!! Everyone was so warm and open to me the last time I visited. It is such a relaxing place and I want to vacation there for A MONTH!!
A totally 80’s question now….tell us about the cool sounds of the Fairlight Synthesizer!
OK, WOW!!!!! I am so honored to be working with Fairlight!! This is a dream come true! When the Fairlight was at the height of the 80’s and 90’s very few people could afford one. They were so exclusive that you would hire a Fairlight and an operator and they would show up in a white lab coat! (hee hee). Seriously, Fairlight has been on practically every hit from that era and I am so pleased to be using their 30th Anniversary prototype on this new CD. Peter, Graeme, Duncan and Tino are such cool guys! They are always there to help and update the Fairlight even though we are a world apart! It’s so cool to see them working on the Fairlight while it sits in the studio in the states. It’s strange to watch the cursor run around like mad and see the machine doing things when no one is touching it!!! The sounds you get out of it are nothing less than amazing!!! Once you hear it, you know why everyone wants one or used one on their music.
Martika’s video clips! Australia loves a good video and you have always made brilliant ones, will you be treating us to more?
New videos coming!!!!!!
As you know our very own Kylie Minogue holds a special place in our Aussie hearts, how does it feel looking back at the time you both had huge hits in Australia?
Australia has always been a place that I have loved! I am so happy for Kylie!! She is a national institution for Australia 🙂 I look forward to coming back to Oz and performing again!!
Love Thy Will Be Done, a massive hit Down Under, a personal favorite of mine, as were the tracks ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and ‘Toy Soldiers’, what do you remember most from the time you released these tracks and how does it compare to the new material from The Mirror Ball?
I loved my records. I had so much fun performing those songs and I plan to do a lot of that material on tour as well. THE MIRROR BALL is 20 years later so the sounds and the style is different. Mind you, it’s still MARTIKA because, well, its me :):) I also did not have the technology that is available today so the sound quality is far superior. The new music is just so BIG sounding!! I am really loving it!!!
Does Martika have a favorite track from her back catalogue?
Love, Thy Will Be Done ranks up there pretty high!
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, how do you feel about the industry as a whole today and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
The BUSINESS has changed dramatically and I think for the better because artists have more control over their careers and their music. I am enjoying the new era!!
We’ve missed you Martika! Good luck with the new single and we look forward to the brand spanking new album! What can you leave theaussieword readers with today after this interview?
I AM COMING BACK!! Love and Hugs!! xoxoxoxoxoo MARTIKA
theaussieword had the privledge of catching up with electronic pop sounding Kyle Brylin in an exclusive interview all the way from Wisconsin in the USA. Here’s what he had to tell us!
What first got you interested in music?
When I was in elementary school my cousin asked me to write a song with her. I never quit. I fell in love with creating, it’s like pulling thoughts out of the air and making them audible. I started dubbing my voice and keyboard sounds with multiple cassette players in my bedroom before I had a computer.
What are some of the biggest goals that you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Oh man. Ya know, I just want to be able to make an honest living, doing what I love. I have no idea where my life is headed, of course we never do. Every single time one of my songs means something to someone, that’s an accomplishment for me. I have so many wonderful people backing me up.
Yes it is. It’s a dance track written by Charlie Mason, Chris Jay, Richard Hymas, and it’s about exactly that, getting revenge. I recorded it back in February and we thought it’d be a fun fall track. The groove pusher remix is pretty cool, too.
Looking ahead, what plans have you got coming up?
Was it difficult starting out, like getting your music out, getting noticed?
I mean, I had to start somewhere, and that was literally ZERO. The most difficult part was wondering “Am I just going to be laughed at?” I wasn’t taken very seriously. Amongst all those who are still laughing, they are so many more who have embraced the music I’ve released over the past two years, and that has me working even harder to be the best I can be. I’m doing this for them, because they believe in me, and they seem to be having just as much fun as I am.
Who are your career influences?
Do you use social networking such as Twitter to promote yourself and how do you find it?
Hold on to your hyper colour t-shirts ladies and gents, yes…NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK are coming to perform in Australia in 2012…with the BACKSTREET BOYS. A boy bands heaven.
NKOTB’s Donnie Wahlberg… “If our fans want us down under, we’ll go down under. Our international fans have been flying to see us stateside for years, so now we are bringing the show to them. Get ready Australia, we are coming to you!”
May 21, Adelaide, Entertainment Centre
May 23, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
May 26, Sydney, Allphones Arena
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