DYD: You’ve had quite a musical journey. What initially sparked off your musical career or just the idea that you were going into music?
Aidan Martin: Honestly, it just happened. Music picked me, I guess.
DYD: According to your bio, you’re completely self-taught and we’re very impressed because you command such an arsenal of instruments. Would you say that it’s better to discover your music through your own efforts or would it be better to go through schooling?
Aidan Martin: Schooling won’t hurt, but in the end it is still your effort that will count. There’s no rules, that’s what so great about music. It’s freedom.
DYD: How did the band get to together?
Aidan Martin: Basically David Georgiades (the drummer) and I met at school, been friends ever since. So naturally, it felt right to bring him on board. Next step was to get a bassist. His younger brother Benjamin Georgiades was always around and so when he heard that I was starting something up, he offered to play. So I guess it all just fell into place.
DYD: What would your ultimate musical success be? Whether that means a platinum album or performing at an international music festival?
Aidan Martin: My ultimate success would be to create several albums, that will stand the test of time. Many bands end up selling a platinum album, but to echo the quality, year after year, that is the true challenge.
DYD: Do you guys have a favourite performance? Where was it and why is it a favourite?
Aidan Martin: This last STRAB (Mozambique) performance was a definite highlight. Basically we got everything you would want when preforming live. We connected with the audience, sound was great and thus we (the band) could feed off that energy and give back in return.
DYD: Why was it specifically jazz that lead you down your musical journey and how do you think it’s influenced your musical style since then?
Aidan Martin: I picked up a Wes Montgomery album and was blown away. From there I discovered Grant Green, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and so the list became endless. All these artists have most definitely influenced my style, and still are. That’s what makes them successful. Their music is timeless.
DYD: What would be your ideal setting for a concert?
Aidan Martin: I would love to play as many festivals as possible, all over the world. The atmosphere is always so boundless. People coming from all parts of the world, all to experience live music. On the other hand, I also enjoy intimate gigs, as here you really get to connect with the individuals in the crowd.
DYD: Who are some of your favourite international and local acts?
Aidan Martin: Currently listening to the new Sound Garden album, King Animal. Locally, I heard a bit of Guy Buttery’s new album, Live in Kwazulu, really looking forward to that.