Carol Martini is a songwriter from Orange County, California. She has an extensive catalog of original music spanning many years. Her newest CD is ' The Art of Singing While Drowning." It is her 7th release and contains 23 songs, a tribute to her versatility and enormous output as an artist. Carol explores many genres in the album including rock, pop-rock, indie folk-rock w and adult-contemporary. Previous releases include: The Story So Far, Piece By Piece, Modern Loneliness, The Rose In The Boxcar, Petals Of The Red Magnolia and Songs Of The Girl On The Swing. Carol performs regularity throughout Southern California in coffee houses, small clubs, and book/music stores. Her performances feature acoustic guitar versions of her original songs. She is well known in the region as a performer who commands a warm rapport with audiences.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. There wasn't really anyone who got me started, I just started writing songs on my own. I wrote my first song (or at least part of one) when I was eleven. But I didn't really get going until I was in my late teens, early 20s.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I'm not sure I've had a crazy thing happened to me ( I don't know if that's sad or not), but the craziest thing I've ever done is quit 2 jobs and move to England to try and put a band together. I wasn't having any luck putting a band together in Southern California, so I thought I should go to England. Unfortunately, I didn't have any luck putting together in England either. Now that was sad.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point has been and continues to be getting to record my songs and release CDs. It is so satisfying to hear my songs go from an acoustic guitar/vocal demo to fully produced tracks. I love the process!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? I just try to write as much as possible. It's my theory you have to write the bad songs so you can write the goods songs. Sometimes when you start writing a song, for some reason, it just doesn't get to where you want it to go. But when you're working on a song and it's cooking on all 4, it's the best feeling. When the lyrics are working so well with the melody and the melody is going just the way you want it to-it's heaven.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think for me, one of the biggest challenges is getting my music out there. As an indie artist it all comes down to me; I'm the one researching radio stations, music blogs, places to send my music. I'm the one standing in line at the post office to send out my CDs. And because there are so many indie artist out here, the competition is fierce is to get airplay on radio stations that play indie music or to get a review. And, also, as an indie artist you have to be aware of the sharks who are ready to take your money but never come through with what they promised they were going to do.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? It would have been extremely cool to get to be on stage with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I always had a fantasy of getting to record one of my songs with them. Sadly, that will never be able to happen. I just love Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I don't really rehearse.I play as a solo acoustic artist and I mostly play coffeehouses and since I've been doing this for so long, I know the songs really well and just don't bother to rehearse. I guess it's just my rebel attitude.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I think the songs I wrote for my Dad and Mom after they passed away. I really wanted to get the emotions across in those songs.
What's coming up in the future? Hopefully writing more songs and recording and releasing more CDs. Tell us where fans can access your music?