Getting to Know Kate Martin


Australian musician Kate Martin has recently released a new single and is set to play her first live shows in two years! We asked her to tell us about herself:

I am Kate Martin.

“Kintsukuroi” is the first single off my forthcoming album Set My Life To Fire. Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word that means ‘to repair with gold’. It’s the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer, once repaired, the golden lines show clearly where the piece was once fragmented and shattered. Kintsukuroi doesn’t disguise brokenness, it celebrates it! This concept really resonates with me. I think brokenness is a part of life that defines and refines us. I think the whole idea behind Kintsukuroi is very comparable to the human condition.

My upcoming single launch shows will be so much fun! A plethora of layered production, vocals and instruments. My intention was for the live show to sound as true to the record as possible, it’s going to be pretty involved, lots going on! I can’t wait to connect with people and play all my new songs.

Set My Life To Fire is probably my most extensive and focussed album yet. I had the best time writing this record. I’m very hands-on with producing, creative control is very important to hold onto and fight for.

I spend too much time making everyday decisions.

I’ve never considered a career outside of music.

It might surprise people to learn that there is a song on my album called ‘Infinite Eyes’ it’s about someone I know with an eye condition called ‘Tetrachromacy’ which enables them to perceive a much wider colour spectrum than others can, due to having an extra 4th cone cell in the eye. I imagine it’s like having rare super powers. I thought it was so amazing that I wrote a song about it.

In the future, I hope I continue growing as a musician and person. I’d love to tour the world and experience, learn and share as much as I can.

Kate Martin’s ‘Kintsukuroi’ Single launces will take place at the following places:
Thursday May 26 – Brighton Up Bar in Sydney with Ed Wells and Tashka
Friday June 10 – The Workers Club in Melbourne with Stonefox and Aeora

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Interview by Bobby Townsend