Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Name: Douglas Martin

Birthdate: 03/24/47

Country: Canada

Childhood: Rather normal boyhood spent climbing trees, playing hockey and listening to music.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Presently I perform in 3 formats: Doug Martin Duo (usually sax and piano), Doug Martin Trio (with bass) and Doug Martin Quartet (with drums). I also play first tenor in a big band called The Wild Cards. These are all jazz groups. But the early part of my career was spent playing rock, funk & R&B. Apart from taking music lessons as an adolescent; my only formal training took place at Humber College, a well-respected jazz school in Toronto.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Jazz is my genre and what I like best about it is that, as a performer, you have more freedom within a structured musical environment than you do in virtually any other genre. Much of my music has been inspired by travel and “Kafka Was Here” is no different. It is a quirky kind of tune about the quirky author Franz Kafka and the city of Prague where he spent much of his life.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

 I have been in the music business for more than 40 years. I began as a rock saxophonist. I toured much of Canada and the eastern US with one particular rock band. We played all original music and we had the rock ‘n’ roll dream of making it big. But touring became increasingly difficult as venues switched to disco. Eventually it became clear that the rock ‘n’ roll dream was becoming a rock ‘n’ roll nightmare. That is when I took a different tack. I started teaching music and playing jazz again. On the upside, I have recorded 3 jazz CDs, 2 of which consist of entirely original music and which have achieved some critical acclaim. I have played jazz festivals in Canada and the US, as well as the Havana International Jazz Plaza with whom I have a standing invitation to perform.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

My band members are among the best to be found in the Ottawa area:

Yves Laroche piano – longtime educator, performer and recording artist in Ottawa.

Tom Denison bass – former member of the Central Forces Bands and well-known for his drumming skills as well.

Jeff Asselin drums – a graduate of Carleton University’s music program, Jeff is a superb young drummer. He has his own drum school and is much in demand around town.

Norm Glaude recording engineer – Norm did an excellent job of recording, mixing and mastering my last 2 CDs. He is also a very fine bass player and laid down the bass track on one of the tunes on my last recording.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been in the music business most of my adult life – 40 plus years. I have had experiences – good and bad – that I would not trade for anything. In the future, I plan to make much more money from licensing so that I can virtually eliminate my time on the road and spend more time composing, playing select gigs and teaching select students.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Travel has been a huge inspiration to me. My last CDs contain entirely original compositions which were inspired by my travels in Europe (“Kafka Was Here” was a product of my time in Prague) and most recently by my adventures in Cuba.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I’ve never written a hit song, so I have no secrets to tell. But I can say this: Don’t be too much of a perfectionist. Overthinking a tune is a sure way to suck the life out of it.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

To my fans I would say keep the faith. Times are bad right now. We must have hope for the future. Hope is all we have.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

If you’ve got a dream, follow it to the end. Don’t give up. Keep learning everything you can about the music industry.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I have recorded 3 jazz albums under my own name. The first was a sax-piano duo album consisting mostly of jazz standards plus a few originals. Tracks from these CDs have achieved some critical acclaim.

One song was a semi-finalist in the prestigious UK Songwriting Contest and another received Honourable Mention in the West Coast International Songwriting Contest in San Francisco.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Presently my music is being aired on CBC Radio in Canada, JazzFM91 in Toronto, CKCU and CHUO.

University radio, EDA Music in Scotland and The Independent Music Show in Ireland.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I compose and arrange my music at home on my work station, although I will make some changes in rehearsal. I don’t like to compose in the studio for the simple reason that it is too expensive. It is very important to have good rapport among the players, including the engineer. Good vibes make for good

music. So I work to achieve that rapport.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

So, in no particular order, I would say Wayne

Shorter (as a jazz composer & performer), Thelonious Monk (for his beautifully quirky compositions), Creedence Clearwater Revival (the tightest rock ‘n’ roll band ever), Stan Getz (for his amazing tone & scintillating technique) & Tower of Power (hot hot funk).

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

www.dougmartin.ca

www.facebook.com/DougMartinProject

www.soundcloud.com/dugglas

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes (search doug martin spirit of survival & dougmartin quartet),

CDbaby

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dougmartin1

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&fieldkeywords=spirit+of+survival+doug+martin&rh=n%3A5174%2Ck%3Aspirit+of+survival+doug+martin

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars, I would give some to family, some to good causes (not necessarily registered charities), lots to the house where I live, some to furthering my own projects.


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