INTERVIEW: MARTIN WESTON
We caught with exciting folk singer-songwriter Martin Weston about his blissful new single 'Loose Knit Heart'. If you're a fan of Nick Mulvey, then sink your teeth into this beautifully laid out and hook-ridden folk wonder.
Hey Martin! Please talk us through the meaning of your wonderful new single ‘Loose Knit Heart'.
I wanted to write a straight-up pop track because I have been through a phase where all I want to listen to are neatly crafted, immediately-pleasing pop songs. So I went for a simple, age-old human concept: a guy being unfaithful and confessing what an awful human he's been. There are a lot of mixed metaphors in there, which I like, but a "loose-knit heart" is I guess the heart of someone who is about to be hurt or is hurting.
What is it about 'Loose Knit Heart' that made you want to make it your next single?
I had so much fun making it with the producer, my friend Tom Arniel. He's mainly an electronic music producer, so when his influences met mine I was just so excited by the groove he laid down and how it transformed the song. It was such a good feeling that I couldn't wait to play to people.
Do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
Yeah. I have to spend a lot of energy convincing myself that my ideas are worth pursuing, so it's a very up and down process. I make millions of notes and sketches of things I am trying to capture, which I invariably ignore! But it's my way of finding an "in" and place to jump in from.
How was the recording and writing process for 'Loose Knit Heart'?
I wrote it a while ago, and it was really excited by the acoustic guitar groove (it's basically John Martyn's "May You Never" groove sped up). Tom Arniel went around his kitchen with a recorder and edited all the audio of him hitting pots and pans and shaking the cutlery draw to create the percussion groove, and then we added some almost disco-ey guitars and bass. It was so inspiring to be able to take a straightforward acoustic folk-pop song and make it into something I had never dreamt of.
Where do you live? What’s the music scene like?
I live in Stockwell in London. There is always somewhere to play or see music in London and so many great venues. It's just about fitting it in! That has been missing for a year or so with Covid, but I'm looking forward to it kicking off again now, and my first gig in ages is at the Spice of Life, Soho on the 15th of August.
Lastly, what's next for Martin Weston and his journey?
Playing gigs again! I have a couple of other songs I'd love to put out before the end of the year. I want to collaborate with people more with recording and performing as I have missed that so much during the pandemic.
Check out 'Loose Knit Heart' here: