Laura J Martin
Laura J Martin hails from the suburbs of Liverpool with influences that ricochet between Serge Gainsbourg, Wu Tang Clan, David Bowie and Herbie Mann. Armed with flute, mandolin and loop station, she sings over her loops and beats, songs inspired by Japanese folkore to real life sentiments and characters.
Whilst living in Japan in 2006, she was invited to take part in the Brownswood artists Soil & Pimp sessions in Tokyo. On return to Britain, Laura joined Kidkanevil’s show performing at venues across Britain and Europe. She also appeared in several of his recordings including Kranium Rock.
Laura’s first single Dokidoki was released with First Word Records in 2009 on download and 7” vinyl with a remix by Kidkanevil on the B side. 2009 also saw Laura’s remix of Alice Russell’s Lights Went Out feature on Russell’s remix album and on the 7” single alongside DJ Vadim’s remix. She also joined Russell on her British tour and has warmed up the stage for artists Little Dragon and Portico Quartet.
Throughout the summers of 2009/10, Laura played The Big Chill, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Greenman festival and Soundwave festival (Croatia). Dokidoki received airplays on BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson show and her track What If King was featured in the London Collective One Taste‘s Collective Vol.1 compilation. Laura’s music has been featured in adverts for Tang and Vodafone.
Laura released her new single The Hangman Tree in May 2010 to great acclaim and shortly after in July guested on Rob Da Bank‘s BBC Radio 1 live Camp Fire Special. Her single has also received airplays on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6. Laura is currently polishing off her debut album and collaborating with The Simonsound (Simon james and DJ Format), Buck 65 and Dan Le Sac.