SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello, Accordion.

ABOUT

I have played guitar and played in bands since I was 14 (currently 23). I was raised singing with my mom, spent two years in Acapella choir in high school as a tenor with a fairly extensive range (roughly mid-baritone to mid-high alto).

My first band was a classic rock/blues group called Blind Zephyr in which I sang and played a mix of rhythm and lead guitar. My second group was a folk/blues duo called Cream Jeans that played a one-off charity show covering old classics. My band throughout college at UC Santa Barbara was a reggae/ska/punk/jazz group called the Aural Sex, where I was the only guitar player as well as lead singer. I spent a few months playing guitar for my friend who produces and performs an astounding mix of dubstep influenced classical/rock/reggae under the name King Kuula. When I moved down to LA I joined a garage rock group with the drummer from Aural Sex, called Medieval Surfing Pirates. I was one of two guitarists trading lead and rhythm, and the main singer, though the bassist and guitarist sang a bit as well. We played many shows in the LA area including the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, the Tribal Cafe, the 818 lounge, and a day-long music festival in Echo Park called Echo Park Rising.

I also have experience producing a bit of electronic music on Ableton Live, ProTools, and Reason. I love fusion music, and would especially love to play in a band that disregards genre and just plays what comes. I would really like to be in a group where almost everyone can sing so we can do killer harmonies. At least one or two other good singers would be fantastic.

If you don't have the premiere account (I'm thinking about getting it), then hit me up at kyle.richard.martin at dot com

Screen name:
Kilo Mars
Member since:
May 25 2013
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
10
Gigs played:
10 to 50

Influences

My first big influence was the Beatles, followed by great classic rock bands like Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and of course Jimi Hendrix. I also love hard rock and metal: anything from Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden to Slipknot and Bring Me the Horizon. Having lived in California all my life, mostly in places like Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach, I developed a love for reggae and roots music. My influences there are Bob Marley, Resination, The Expendables, Slightly Stoopid, Black Uhuru, and Steel Pulse. More recently, I've been listening to literally anything and everything, from N.E.R.D. to The Algorithm (mo'fu*kn Death-Step is crazy!!!!) to the Gorillaz to Daft Punk.

I like dynamic music, with great lyrics, wild themes, and a range of energy from dark and moody, angry and hard, to light and fun.

EQUIPMENT

My main guitar is a Fender custom-shop Strat that has a Squire '86 body, but the maple neck was custom made by the one and only Gene Baker (got that shit signed by Dick Dale!), with Seymour Duncan Everything Axe dual coil humbuckers added two years ago. I also have a Schecter Diamond Series 12-string guitar (which I would love to incorporate into a band sound! distorted and/or heavily effected 12-string sounds very unique). My real powerhouse is my Digitech RP1000 effect processing unit that has the Whammy pedal, looper, tuner, hundreds of presets and a ridiculous amount of effects. I can sound like almost any guitar player with all the amp, cabinet, and effect modulators in there. I also have a Peavey Classic 30 tube amplifier, which I run through a XXX 4x12 cabinet (which I barely need since that 30 tube Watts can get LOUD! Which is why I use a volume attenuator to crank the pre-amp to get sweet tone, without blowing out my ears). I have other equipment, like an Akai MPK mini keyboard, a Roland Cube amp Street for portable playing, a Roland Micro-cube, though which I can play my vintage drum machine in stereo. I also have tablas (Indian drums), and am also borrowing a friends Kaos pad. I also have an acoustic guitar and a back up strat-copy.