Mitchell Martin released his single 'Please Come Home' back in October this year, it received incredible traction online hitting #3 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts and passed 6k streams on Spotify within it's first month. The track has exceeded those stats since it's successful launch at Jack Rabbit Slims and is back on the radar with a live music video going live tomorrow, Friday October 3rd.
Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Please Come Home'?
This song is about waiting for someone to come home when they are running really late and you are not sure if they are safe. I tried to pour all of the emotions that you would feel when waiting for someone and not knowing if they are okay into the lyrics. I was also trying to show that in the moment I knew I was overthinking and that they are probably just running late from work, however, in situations like this, it's easy to get so wrapped up in emotions so that you don't think rationally.
Filmed in Martins hometown at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, the clip came to life with some of Perths best on the team. Directed by Brady Jenkins with assistance from camera operators Reilly Stewart and Simon Yip, recorded by the BREC team and then mixed and mastered by the one and only James Newhouse from Lambchop records.
What was it like growing up down south and how do you think it shaped your music?
Growing up down south was great and I think it was a huge influence on my music. For one thing, it's a much smaller population and therefore there are fewer musicians around than in the city. I feel that this actually led to me growing my musical ability far more rapidly than I probably would have if I was based in Perth from the start. One reason for this is that there was less competition for gigs down south and this led to me being able to start gigging professionally from the early age of 15 and, once you take your music out of the bedroom and into a higher pressure performance situation, it provides a lot of motivation to improve your ability quickly. Another reason was that it pushed me to explore live looping so that I could get more creative when jamming or performing on my own. I found live looping as a huge learning curve that greatly improved my timing and musicality letting me explore more music than just singing and playing an acoustic guitar, as it allowed me to loop chords, make a beat, practice soloing with my guitar and harmonising with my own vocals.
The video is an incredibly immersive experience, with flowing camera work and crisp beautiful audio that sounds as if it has been recorded in a studio. Recorded with his 5 piece band the energy is uplifting yet somehow calming to behold. The comparison to the released single is a slightly more raw and stripped back version, although it still contains all of the body and spirit of the original.
Why did you choose to record a live version of this track?
I got offered an amazing opportunity by the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, which is a theatre in my hometown, to spend the day recording in their beautiful theatre space. This was part of their BREC Sessions program where they gave the opportunity for local musicians to come and use their space. I decided to use this time to record some live videos and this was the first of five, which will be released in the future. I love putting up live videos because I feel that live performance is where myself and my band really shine. It's also a great way to engage with my fans who aren't based in Western Australia until I am able to go and tour near them in the future. I always try and keep in mind that a lot of my followers aren't based in my state or even my country, so whenever I get the opportunity, I try to make great digital content that I can share online with them to keep them involved in my journey.
Mitchell Martin shows no signs of slowing down, with more music ready to be released and a steadily growing both physical and online audience, he is definitely one to watch.