I didn’t know much about Martina Edoff before I got to review her new album Unity at the end of 2015. That was a fun ride, and when all was said and done I immediately began clamoring for an interview with her. Well, ask and ye shall receive. Martina and I recently chatted by phone about the record, touring, and more. Have a look:
Amps: Unity is really one of those records that’s perfect for driving or working around the house. It gets you pumped. It’s very upbeat.
Martina: Well, good! I’m pleased to hear that. My aim for this album was to give people an energy boost and make them feel good, so hopefully I did.
Amps: Tell me about the writing sessions.
Martina: First of all I asked a producer friend of mine for some co-writers I could maybe work with. He had been working with the Swedish band H.E.A.T., and he knows Jonah (Tee, keyboards) from the group is a good songwriter. So I called him and we started to work in January of 2015. We started from scratch and we were searching for what kind of sound we wanted and what it was we wanted to accomplish. After a while of sitting down with an acoustic guitar and singing we found the essence of what it was I wanted. Then everything just went smoothly. I had some other songs sent to me from some other writers, so then it took about three months to complete everything.
Amps: Do any songs in particular stand out for you?
Martina: I think it’s always kind of tough to pick one because each song and each set of lyrics has some sort of feeling to it, so I can’t really pick one, you know? It’s quite hard. If someone asked me which one is the most personal, or most fun to do onstage, then I can pick. As far as the most personal it’s “Spirit of Light” and the most fun to do live is “Come Alive”. As long as there is a good melody and you get people to sing along I like it.
Amps: What do you do to keep your voice in shape?
Martina: I don’t do anything at all and I have never done anything to take care of it. I just continue to sing. I took a couple of years off and I felt it in my voice when I started to sing one day. You have to continue to practice and sing almost every day so you can sound exactly the way you want.
Amps: Tell me about your dates on the Revolver tour last year. Was this your first one in the U.S.?
Martina: It was wonderful. I really love to tour America so I would love to do that again. One thing is that nobody knew anything about us when we came out onstage. The album wasn’t released yeat so there were no expectations (laughs). But afterwards some people came up to me telling me that the show was really good, and that felt amazing. When people like it that’s the reward. And I have been there before as a back-up singer, and to visit friends of course, but this was my first time as a solo artist.
Amps: Do you think you’ll get another U.S. tour now that Unity is out here?
Martina: I would love to!! I’m not into all the dates and planning, I leave that to others, but hopefully we will come back as soon as possible.
Amps: What do you like to do away from music?
Martina: Since we have a company we do everything on our own. I wake up in the morning and think of what we need to do to keep things moving. It’s kind of a full-time job even when I’m not onstage. When I’m not doing that I like to spend lots of time in nature. I have two dogs and I like to go walking with them. I have a 10-year old son and I’d rather spend time with him than go running around to nightclubs, you know? I’ve been fortunate enough to sing as a job for 20 years now, so I’m very happy when I’m home with my family.
Amps: When people listen to this record for the first time what would you like them to get from it?
Martina: I want people to feel uplifted and have that energy boost. I want them to have some kind of hope if they’re feeling down and I want people to want more. I hope this makes them want to come and see me live. My music means a lot to me and I want people to like what I do. I want people to feel good.
Amps: What do you think you’d be doing if singing wasn’t your career?
Martina: I would be working as a life coach which I was doing before. I like to uplift people. I have a passion for helping them, so that’s what I would do.
Amps: What are you listening to right now?
Martina: That is so strange because when I’m not working…I want it to be quiet (laughs). I love the silence, really. Because when I’m working it’s 100% music, so when I’m home I like silence. I’m not up to date on new bands. I sometimes listen to the radio in my car to see if there’s something I might like, but I’m not listening to anything in particular right now. I’m boring, I know! But the old classics will never die; that’s the best music. What about you? What’s the most memorable song for you on Unity?
Amps: No you’re not! For me I really enjoyed “Love Keeps Turning Away” and “Moment of Truth”. “Spirit of Light” is my son Mini-Amps’ favorite. “I Am Mining” and “Unity” were my personal favorites, though. For my standout tracks I had to say “all of them” in my review!
Martina: (Laughing) wow, now I really wanna go back to work now from hearing you and your excitement!
Amps: What would you like to say to all your fans out there?
Martina: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please listen to the album because I want to come and see you soon. And I want you to sing along with me. I want you to enjoy the music because it’s meant to make you feel good. That’s what I want to see in the audience, people happy and feeling good.
Martina Edoff is such a sweet, humble person. She is genuinely thankful for her fans, and for being able to rock out for a living. And that enthusiasm permeates each and every song on Unity. This was truly one of my favorite albums of 2015, and this was definitely one of my favorite interviews. Grab your copy now if you haven’t already!