7 Questions With Martin Goodwin
1. Let’s start at the beginning, what inspired you to get into music and production?
I was a drummer since the age of 10 and was already listening to electronic music. I got a sampler, then synths, and was a total computer nerd since my childhood so everything came together really soon. I started being serious and work on my craft when I was 20, thats like 10 years from now. I was into drum & bass at first, as a DJ mostly because I couldn't produce the sounds I like, the Internet was not what it is now.
2. Being French, what’s your outlook on the local scene over there,
how has it shaped you? And are there any movements in other cities/countries
that have caught your attention or inspired you?
I don't go out much so I was never really inspired by events but more with what I could listen at home. I started to go in rave parties in Britain but I was always complaining about the low quality of music and lack of originality. I'm only having fun in the psytrance scene, that's where I find people more open and friendly. I also go to Paris every now and then and it's been good since a few years. I'm close to Nantes which is a city that has things going with input selector and other crews. This is where I'd like to play more.
3. When you’re not in the studio making music, what other activities do you like to indulge in?
I'm into video games when I'm not producing and as I don't go out much I switch between the two and my daily job. I also don't know anyone in the city I live in (Tours). I have some sort of social anxiety so I need to be alone most of the time and I'm fine with it.
4. The percussive elements in your music all sound very organic and alive, how do you go about selecting and creating your drum sounds? Do you record, sample or a mix of the two?
I use my ears to get to the next steps, when a sound is too dry or not interesting I'll go and give it what it needs. That depends on what I'm aiming for. I actually don't like analog at all. I find it not effective and I'm really into making tracks as fast as possible. That's why I have a method to speed up things. I make my own samples from the best I can find, layer when needed, nothing fancy.
5. For many people, the idea of loneliness incites fear. But in your album, “Hearth”, you talk about loneliness as a time for yourself to appreciate and dive into your mind. How much of making music is a form of therapy and self development for you and how have you learned to translate loneliness into something positive or did you always have this outlook?
As I was saying before I spend the most of my time alone so I've always been able to search within. My goal is to know myself perfectly so I can achieve what I'm looking for. It is frustrating not being able to transform what you have inside into quality music and for that I say you need to work efficiently and read all the books you can on production techniques, as well as training your ears, working in short burst of 90 min and spend some time just listening to figure out what's making a track sound good. I reference my tracks all the time with what I think sounds best so I know I have huge improvements to make but it keeps me occupied. I say all this because I've spent too much time trying to translate what I had inside but didn't focus on the tools. I needed to know exactly how everything worked to make the things I had in mind. The more you know, the deeper you go.
6. What artists, sounds, and genres inspire you and your sound?
I've always been inspired by things outside of what I do. I listen to a lot of pop music because I find it is perfectly crafted. I have a traditional music background and I like to listen to every style of music. But I also love silence so much I rarely ever listen to music for the sake of it, I consider music like work so if I have something playing it would be mainly for research. I'll jump from tracks to tracks and play only a few seconds of it until I find something I like. Yet some artists changed my life : Amon Tobin, labradford, Deni Diezer, Kilowatts.. just to name a few.
7. What are your future plans and where would you like to see yourself in the next 5 years?
In five years I want to be able to live 100% from my music. I would love to make music for movies, do mixing and mastering, producing for singers or doing gigs. Promoters, managers, I'm all ears... ;)
Big shout out to Martin Goodwin for his Against Apathy Remix and for doing this interview with us.
Martin is working on an upcoming project called "Onkalo" which you can check out right here: http://cie-elephante.com
And he would also like to shout out his friend Dataloop who does Martin's artwork and with whom he does live audio-visual shows with
Underneath, you will find all his social links to his music and his day to day.