Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Hey! My name is Zach Martin and I am a 25 year old singer-songwriter from New York, New York. I actually started playing music when I was just 3 years old! My family was visiting a relative at the hospital when I heard this sound coming from another room. Apparently, as my mom tells me, I immediately walked towards the music that would eventually end up being violinists tuning their strings for a performance. A little while later, my parents signed me up to take lessons and the rest was history! I played for about 17 years until I wanted to start writing my own songs. I taught myself how to play the piano, which later transitioned into some guitar with vocal lessons mixed in between. It’s been a journey, but without music I have no idea what I’d do!
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
Zach Martin is my given name, so you’d have to ask my parents this question! I played around with the idea of using only my initials, “ZM”, but never fully committed to the change.
Do you write your own music? Tell us about your writing style?
Yes I write my own music! I’ve always had a heavy opinion about this. At least for me, I have a very hard time singing something I didn’t write or go through. I believe that passion drives performance, in all aspects of life really. Especially in the position I’m at musically, I feel that it is important to be as original as possible. When it’s all said and done, even if “great songs” are harder to come by writing independently, I know that at least for me, I will be made a better artist in the long run.
On that note, my writing style is old school! I don’t have the technology to lay down a track and then ponder the next hook or melody. As crazy as this sounds, I sit down at the piano, press record on my phone and just start playing. A lot of times I end up running out of storage on my overly outdated iPhone, but there are those moments where the magic happens! I am convinced that the best songs are the ones that don’t leave you struggling for days and weeks to find the next verse, chorus, hook - you name it. In a way, that’s why I like my “lack of equipment”. Realistically, having production technology may make things “easier”, but my songs would lose some of the purity in spontaneity.
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Thank you so much! To be honest, I have been going through a really hard time in my life over the last couple of years. During that season, I was writing music, but the lyrics mostly revolved around things that didn’t express how I was feeling in terms of my mental health. For a couple of months I had this desire to speak from the heart about depression, anxiety, and an overall sense of worthlessness, so I sat down on the piano a couple times and tried to pour my heart out. I’d get a few words down, a few ideas regarding melody, but the dots just never connected. It wasn’t until I actually started overcoming these emotions, thanks to God, that the song came to life. I believe wholeheartedly that I wasn’t able to write about depression, because I was always meant to tell a story of triumph from the trial. I still go through some valleys, but once my perspective changed in terms of how to address the thoughts in my head, it changed everything. I truly “found the key that broke me out of imprisonment”.
I can only pray that this song can be a message of hope, faith, and inspiration to anyone who is going through hard times. If they’re reading this right now, just know that there are so many people out there that love you. Find the little pieces of joy in each day and I promise that you’ll be headed toward a lifetime of happiness.
What’s next for you?
Man, a lot of things are next for me! Besides writing, which happens on the daily, there will be another single release in the near future! I am also piecing together musicians to start playing live in New York, marketing as best as I can, and networking my butt off. We like to have a big visions in our head, which is amazing, but we can’t look past the numerous details that get us there.
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