Martha Hill: An Exclusive Interview
Our Guest Editor Maddy Fisher interviewed one of Tipping Point Live’s headliners Martha Hill, to discuss her musical influences, evolution into the industry and her top picks for #TPL19.
Alt-Pop musician Martha Hill, who credits herself on her blues and folk influences, is set to take the headline slot at The Cluny for Tipping Point Live 2019 . This is the first time headlining a festival for Newcastle-based Hill, and growing up going to a lot of festivals, she describes the experience as “unreal, [she’s] absolutely buzzing”.
Growing up on a remote peninsular in Scotland, Hill left her home at the age of seventeen to travel Europe as a street musician. Hill has a very eclectic style to her music, her recent single ‘Blindfold’ is a beautiful demonstration of her layered husky vocals, yet still gives the listener a taste of some of Hill’s musical influences, such as electronic duo Sylvan Esso, Tune-Yards and King Krule.
Hill’s desire to advance her musical passion to a professional level stemmed from a natural descent into the music scene – first as a busker and later as a trombone player on a touring band. Her experience touring gave her a taste for the career and soon she became obsessed with writing, touring and recording songs. Hill described it as “never an active choice, but something that just happened”. You won’t often find her complaining about her evolution onto the music scene, speaking about the biggest hurdles she has faced over the years, all she could say was “money’s always a bitch, that’s probably it – I love my job!”. You have to credit Hill for her laid back attitude; when it comes to her song writing process she simply, in her own words, “farts out a song when [she’s] sad”.
You can catch Martha Hill at Tipping Point Live on Friday 21stJune at 10pm on the Cluny 1 stage. Want some of her recommendations on who else to see? Her top picks are Dansi, Sauvage, POLO and Me Lost Me.
Written by Maddy Fisher
Generator North East, The Manse, Kingsland Church Studios, Priory Green, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2DW
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