- Jeff Martin (Canadian musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Jeff Martin
Img_size = 170
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Jeffrey Scott Brill
Born = birth date and age|1969|10|2
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, sitar, sarod, oud, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, synthesizer, piano, dumbek
Genre = Rock,
Hard rock, World Music, Blues, Pop, Folk
Musician, songwriter, record producer
Years_active = 1990–present
Label = Koch, Shock
The Tea Party Roy Harper
URL = [http://www.jeff-martin.net www.jeff-martin.net]
Notable_instruments = Gibson
harp guitar, Fender Telecaster B-bender guitar, Ellis 7 string resonator guitar
Jeffrey Scott Martin (born
October 2, 1969in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for fronting the rock band The Tea Party. Martin began his career as a solo artist in October 2005, when The Tea Party disbanded.
Martin began playing guitar as a child and in his adolescence played in bands The Shadows, Modern Movement and The Stickmen. In 1988, Jeff graduated from
Sandwich Secondary School(before being adopted by his stepfather and changing his surname from Brill) along with future Tea Party bandmates Jeff Burrowsand Stuart Chatwood. He went on to study music at the University of Windsorbefore leaving his studies prematurely due to philosophical differences with his music professor.
perfect pitch, as highlighted on "The Science of Rock 'n' Roll", an episode of "Daily Planet" on Discovery Channel Canada.Fact|date=February 2008
The Tea Party (1990–2005)
Forming The Tea Party in 1990 after a marathon jam session at the Cherry Beach Rehearsal Studios in Toronto, Martin (a self-confessed "control freak"Martin, J 2007, The Party has just begun, Lords of Metal E-zine. [http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showinterview.php?id=1734&lang=en Lords of Metal E-zine] Accessed
6 May 2007.] ) produced all of The Tea Party's albums, including their eponymous debut album in 1991, distributing it through the band's own label Eternal Discs. In 1993 The Tea Party signed to EMIMusic Canada and released their first major label recording entitled "Splendor Solis". Martin employed open tuningsto imitate Indian instruments such as the sitar, something he has continued to employ throughout his career. Further developing The Tea Party's sound in 1995 " The Edges of Twilight" was recorded with an array of Indian and Middle-eastern instrumentation while Martin drew lyrical inspiration from occultthemes and paganinfluenced literature.
Upon returning from successful tours in Canada, Europe and Australia in 1996, The Tea Party went onto record "Alhambra" an
Enhanced CDwhich features acoustic re-recordings of songs from "The Edges of Twilight", followed by a brief tour around Canada known as "Alhambra acoustic and eclectic". "Transmission" released in 1997 saw Martin's first foray into electronicawith Martin conceding that Transmission was "an honest attempt at going somewhere poetically where most people would be unnerved to go. It was very dark, extremely angry and you could only listen to it in a certain mindset. I mean for me, going to where I went with Transmission, almost destroyed me." "Triptych" followed in 1999, the first single " Heaven Coming down" rose to #1 on Canadian radio. Lyrically Martin was less enigmatic than he was on previous albums, on "Triptych" he wrote about the experiences of his years in the band. After releasing "" a singles compilation in 2000 and "Illuminations" a DVD compilation of music videos which Martin remixed in Surround sound, The Tea Party released " The Interzone Mantras" in 2001 and " Seven Circles" in 2004.Band biography: Illuminations The Tea Party Collection 2001, DVD, EMI Music Canada, Mississauga.] In October 2005 The Tea Party disbanded due to creative differences.
Solo career (2005–present)
Martin's debut solo album titled "Exile and the Kingdom" was released in Canada and Australia in 2006. Among those who worked with Martin were Michael Lee and Ritesh Das ( [http://www.tablaensemble.com Toronto Tabla Ensemble] ). The first single, titled "The World is Calling", is an open letter to the Bush administration.Bliss, K 2006, Jeff Martin in-studio session, Jam! Music. [http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Lowdown/2006/02/06/1427599.html Jam! Music] Accessed
5 April 2006.] During this time Martin was supposed to collaborate with Scott Stappbut it did not ensue. In November 2006, Martin released a live album recorded that September, titled " Live in Brisbane 2006". The two-disc album features Ritesh Das and the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, and consists of both solo and Tea Party songs. The album is a complete recording of a live performance full of Jeff's banter with bandmates and the audience, including his thoughts on the disbanding of The Tea Party and where he sees himself in life. In May 2007, Martin released his second live album " Live in Dublin" recorded with drummer Wayne P. Sheehy, while Martin's first solo music DVD Live at the Enmore Theatre was released through Shock DVD in July 2007. Martin is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to "Exile and the Kingdom", with the current album working title, The Armada. The album will reportedly be mixed by mid-July 2008 and released in early autumn 2008.News About The Armada.... [http://jeff-martin.net/jeffmartin.htm Jeff Martin] Accessed 21 July 2008.] .
As a record producer
Martin has also produced albums for other artists including Hundred Mile House's eponymous EP, [http://www.jaymurphyband.com The Jay Murphy Band's] "Propaganda" and [http://www.tenthplanet.ca Tenth Planet's] "The Prophet Curse EP". He also helped produce
Roy Harper's "The Green Man".
Martin's wife Nicole gave birth to their first child in December 2004 in
King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, named "Django James Patrick" after Jeff's heroes Django Reinhardtand Jimmy Page. The song "Daystar" from "Exile and the Kingdom" was written for him.
Martin currently resides in County Cork,
*1964 Gibson J-50 acoustic
*Three Les Paul Classic 1960 reissues
*1971 Fender Telecaster Parsons White B-Bender
Fender Stratocaster XII twelve string guitar
Ellis Guitars7 string resonator guitar
*Two Fender 100 watt combo
*Four Matchless Superchief 120 watt
*No Name 1960's Tube 25 watt
*Urei 1176 leveling amp
*Teleronix La-2AJeff Martin's equipment [http://teapartysite.com/archive/instruments Australian Tea Party site] Accessed
2 December 2005]
The Tea Party
*"The Tea Party" (1991)
Capitol Records demo" (1992)
*"Splendor Solis" (1993)
The Edges of Twilight" (1995)
*"Alhambra" (1996) (
Live at the Enmore Theatre" (1999)
*"" (2000) (compilation)
The Interzone Mantras" (2001)
Seven Circles" (2004)
* "Leaning on Love" - B-side of "
Soulbreaking" single ( The Tea Party) (2002)
* "Exile and the Kingdom" (2006)
Live in Brisbane 2006" (2006)
Live in Dublin" (2007)
Live at the Enmore Theatre (DVD)" (2007)
Live at the Corner Hotel" (2008)
* The Armada (2008)
* [http://www.jeff-martin.net Jeff Martin] official website
* [http://www.teaparty.com The Tea Party] official website
* [http://www.ellisguitars.com/sevenstring.html Martin's Ellis seven-string resonator guitar] at the
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.