Biography / Info
Our band, Rueben, never quite fit into the "Seattle-Sound," back when everyone was trying to get on that bandwagon. We were probably too progressive. After that band broke up, another group that would become Candlebox, called me in for an audition. They asked me: "You know how Temple of the Dog (band formed of members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden), get really loud, then soft, then really loud again? That's what we want to be like." I thought ok, you are talking about dynamics, and how unoriginal. I turned them down, and perhaps some short-lived money and fame that could have come with it, but honestly - I couldn't do it.
In 1999, Martin moved to Vancouver, BC to explore multimedia, and discovered electronic music. He then began to combine this experience with his roots as a rock guitarist/songwriter. Initially influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles, he also studied Jazz, paying close attention to such guitar greats as Wes Montgomery, early George Benson, and Grant Green, giving the rock and pop melodies a jazzy undertone. Now he is just confused.