North East artist Martha Hill is set to play a number of local dates this month to promote her new single, ‘Wallflower’, so Tracy Daniel caught up with her to find out more about the brand new track.
So you’ve just released your second single, ‘Wallflower’…how has the response been so far?
The response has been great. I’ve had a lot of lovely feedback from people. With the help of PRS Foundation, I’ve just finished working on a music video which will be released soon too.
Can we expect an album soon?
The material is all there! It’s just a case of finding the money to get into the studio really. So hopefully, yes! But who knows.
You’ve supported many great artists including Maximo Park and the RNS a few weeks back (it was a great show by the way). Are you looking forward to your own headline tour?
Aw, thanks! Yeah, I loved playing with the RNS and meeting all those guys – it was a great night. I’m really looking forward to this upcoming tour; we’re in rehearsals at the moment and it’s sounding sick.
You have a couple of dates in the North East including Cobalt Studios in Newcastle and Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough. How do you find the crowds in the north?
I love them (especially Newcastle, obviously).
There seems to be a number of female musicians really standing up and being counted at the moment which is amazing. What’s it like being a woman in the music industry at this present time?
There’s an influx of female musicians being treated seriously and given the same opportunities, which is fantastic. I think it’s a better time than any other to be a woman in the music industry (or a woman in general) but there’s still a lot of work to be done to close the gaps.
The local music scene seems to be producing some great acts at the moment, but is there anyone that’s caught your eye that we should listen out for?
Loads! Obviously, Holy Moly and the Crackers have been solid for years – they’ve just been recording a new album so that’s worth keeping an eye on. Dansi are amazing as well. There’s also Ceitidh Mac, Me Lost Me, Zico, Sauvage, Portraits…the list is endless! Newcastle is class at the moment.
And one final question. What else can we expect from you in the near future?
The ‘Wallflower’ music video will be out soon. And if you’re near where I’m playing this autumn, come say hi.
Martha Hill heads to Cobalt Studios, Newcastle on Friday 26th October before making her way to the Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Friday 4th November.
For ticket information and to keep up-to-date with Martha and her new releases, please head to marthahillmusic.co.uk now.