Inspired by artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Vance Joy and The Lumineers, Kaitlyn Martin is an indie folk singer-songwriter originally from Seattle, USA.
We are so thrilled she decided to move down to the Gold Coast to study at the Queensland Conservatorium - and even more stoked that she's joining the SEED family this year!
Having just released SEED Volume 7, we decided to sit down with each new act to ask seven quick questions - and there's no one better to start with then Kaitlyn Martin, the artist who stars on track one of our new album.
Introducing... Kaitlyn Martin!
If you had to describe your music in seven words, what would you say?
Indie folk with a lot of heart.
You are originally from Seattle, USA. What made you decide to move to the Gold Coast?
Long story short, it was actually to pursue a career in music! I did grow up in Seattle, but my Dad is Australian, so I’m a dual citizen. My family moved to the Gold Coast about four years ago now, and they were really pushing for me to come over too. My parents found out about the Bachelor of Popular Music course at Griffith University and encouraged me to apply, and I guess the rest is history! I’ve been here just over a year now, and I love it. Everyone is so friendly, and the insanely beautiful beaches certainly don’t hurt.
We are so stoked to have your song as the opener for SEED Volume 7, “My Shelter” is so beautiful! Can you describe what your songwriting process is like?
Thank you so much! I actually wrote “My Shelter” when I was 19 (I’m 23 now), but my writing process is still pretty much the same. I usually start out by playing with chord progressions and then figuring out a melody on top of that. Melodies and harmonies are definitely my strength when writing music, and they come fairly easily to me.
Lyrics take me a bit longer to write, and my least favorite part of songwriting is writing the lyrics to the second verse. That’s always given me trouble. Recently I’ve been collaborating with a lot of different people, and that’s been a huge help in broadening my horizons and growing as a songwriter.
Was there a specific moment in your life that made you want to pursue music?
I don’t think there was ever a specific moment where I decided to pursue music, but it’s always been something I’ve wanted, but was too scared to do. I do have memories from when I was around seven or eight writing little pop songs in my head and pretending I was on stage performing them in my bedroom.
When I was fifteen, I asked for my first guitar for Christmas, and from there my passion for writing and performing grew. I was always that kid that never really knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, but I knew I loved music. I guess the real turning point for me was when I finally quit my full-time management job in food service to move to Australia and start Uni. I wasn’t happy where I was, and I figured that if I didn’t try to pursue music now, I’d probably regret it for the rest of my life.
If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would do instead?
I honestly have no idea. Maybe something to do with psychology? When I was in community college, sort of like the American version of TAFE, I took as many classes as I could on the subject. I’m fascinated by how the mind works, and there is so much we don’t know yet. I’m also very intuitive when it comes to people and emotions, so I’d probably be good at being some kind of counsellor.
What’s in the pipeline for you this year?
I’ve been working very hard in the studio recording new music and trying to find the perfect sound for my first EP. I’m hoping to release it by the beginning of next year, so keep an eye out for that! I also have some very exciting shows coming up that will be with a full band, which is brand new for me.
And finally, what are you diggin’ right now? Any recommendations?
I recently found this YouTube RED series called Mind Field that’s hosted by Vsauce. Every episode tackles different topics that have to do with the brain and current research. If you’re a fan of MythBusters, you should definitely check it out! Also, I’ve been playing through Far Cry 5, and it’s seriously so well done.
You can catch Kaitlyn Martin performing at our SEED 2018 Concert Series:
Friday 8 June - NightQuarter, Gold Coast
Friday 22 June - NightQuarter, Gold Coast
Sunday 22 July - Queen Street Mall, City Sounds, Brisbane