INTERVIEW: Petey Martin

Hi Petey, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’m great, but is it summer yet? 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Come Back Home”?

This record is my debut release on Palm Tree Records / Sony and somehow we got Lauren Daigle to sing it.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

My grandmother passed away last summer back in my hometown. We were really close. I wouldn’t have been able to make music had it not been for her. My parents were against me having a guitar at first. They thought it would be a waste of money and end up in my closet or under my bed or something. So my grandma bought me one and I never put it down. When she passed, I took all of my recording gear with me back home. I set up a studio at my family’s house on the lake. A few hours later “Come Back Home” was finished. I sent it to my managers and we knew we had our first single. 

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Rafatoon made a killer animated lyric video. We don’t have any plans yet to do an actual music video, but we are working on an acoustic version next month and I think it’s going to be really special. I’m sure we’ll do a remix or two as well.

How was the recording and writing process?

Usually, I write the lyrics and melodies and then create the music afterward. For this song though, the lyric and melody were for the most part written and finished and then a buddy sent it to me. I was blown away by the chorus and the demo singer even sounded a bit like Lauren. I was listening to Moby’s Play & Play album a lot when I made this one. I love how he put blues and southern music into electronic music. Same with Avicii. I’ve lived in Nashville for the last four years, so I’ve definitely been inspired by both of those producers’ music. 

What was it like to work with Lauren Daigle and how did that relationship develop?

Lauren’s the best. I’m not sure I’ve worked with anyone that has as much energy as she does. We spent two days in the studio together recording “Come Back Home” and we ended up writing another song too. Lauren and I casually knew each other as we had a few mutual friends and would bump into each other from time to time but we weren’t close enough that I was comfortable asking her if she’d want to jump on the song. Luckily my managers are the best and they sent it to her manager and they basically said yes five minutes later, it was crazy!

How much did she get to influence the song?

Probably more than she realizes. The demo singer who co-wrote the song is a massive fan of Lauren, even kind of sounds like her. Lauren and I also wrote the second verse together when we were finally able to hop in the studio.

Having collaborated with so many big names – what would you say you have learned from these experiences?

Kygo has taught me so much about production. I love when we do music camps together because it gives us an opportunity to be in the same room and he’s always been so supportive and will show me how he makes certain sounds, ideas, how he stacks drum samples, etc. It takes someone with a big heart and confidence in their talent to be so open-handed with their knowledge. Most people aren’t like that. In my experience, musicians typically seem to have more insecurities than the average person. And that’s the worst way to kill a vibe when you’re trying to make art. It can be hard when you’re in the room with a writer or an artist who’s had way more success than you, but at the end of the day, you have to remember you’re all in that room to write an amazing song – and that bigger writer or artist or producer or whatever would not be in that room with you if they didn’t think you were capable of helping them write it. Getting past that hurdle is huge. That kind of stuff is the last thing you should be thinking about when you’re writing a song.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Never. It’s crossed my mind at times to try that…some writers look at pitch sheets and write a song specifically for an artist based on what the artists’ A&R or manager said they want, but that’s never felt creative to me. I just do what I do and make what I like and then afterward I’ll ask myself and my managers where the record should go, usually, it’s to the trash can. 

Does all of this accolade puts any pressure on you as you work on a new material or rather the opposite? 

No, I don’t really think about that stuff. I try to just be in a happy, creative mindset as much as I can and then chill hard when I’m not. For me, when I make music I still feel like I’m ten, writing songs in my bedroom. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I have a few things we’re working on that I’m really excited about. One of them is with a group I may have remixed once or twice in the past.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The song of the summer coming May / June but definitely more music before then. 

What else is happening next in Petey Martin’s world?

I’m writing and producing for a lot of artists. Sam Feldt & Kesha just released a song of mine called ‘Stronger’ and I’m making more music with Sam that’s coming soon. Working with Lauren on some solo stuff for her next album. Lots more coming with other electronic artists, too. Really excited about this year and for this vaccine to help us get back to normal soon.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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