Interview – Wil Martin of Earshot Talks of Two New Singles “You+I” and “Tongue Tied (Unplugged)”, Spirituality and New Music On The Horizon
In a sea of melodic clones struggling to break through the surface, Earshot has always had the innate ability to transcend the rigid barrier of genre-defining music with a singular sound that can only be described as their own.
“When I first heard the guitars in the verse for ‘You + I’, it instantly conjured up thoughts and feelings that reminded me of the emotional rush and mental obsession that typically happens between 2 people in the beginning of a new relationship, and I just went with it. It all came together very fast and organically,”
Wil Martin, Leadman, Earshot
Their signature, driving, hard rock beats coupled with hook-laden harmonies are matched only by their unbridled creativity and willingness to experiment with musical textures and themes – elements that had captivated fans’ attention in the band’s early days and continue to do so now 20 years later.
I was able to catch up with Wil Martin since we last spoke on their Alanis Morisette cover, “Uninvited” and this is what he had to say:
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): : Hi Wil we spoke before when you did the Alanis Morisette cover for “Uninvited”?
Wil Martin (Earshot): Oh yes, awesome! How are you?
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): I’m good, how’s it going for you?
Wil Martin (Earshot): I’m good, trying to beat this heat, it seemed like overnight the heat wave hit us!
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): The same thing happened here in Corpus, this weather never knows what to do, it could be snowing tomorrow for all we know!
Wil Martin (Earshot): Ha! That’s right?! That’s right. You never know!
Toney Emmons: (New Transcendence): What made you guys want to do the unplugged style on “Tongue-tied” from your, “Two” album?
Wil Martin (Earshot): Well it seemed to be a good positive balance with, “You+I” and that’s how relationships are right? Least in my experience, they are either going really well, or incredibly bad. But that’s what’s it’s about..balance. it seemed to work really well with these two songs.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): I know the, “Two” album was released in 2004, but it didn’t reach it’s way to my atmosphere til around 2005, I was a senior in High School, and it was a great album, Queen of the Damned had came out a bit before as well so you guys had a pretty big bubble going at the time.
Wil Martin (Earshot): Oh Yes! Nice! Well we are trying to blow that bubble back up, if the people allow it, we are looking to release singles now, people don’t really listen to full-length albums like they used to so this is the direction we will go at the moment.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): Thanks you answered my next question of what the future singles would be like! I see you have a powerhouse with Aaron Fink, How’d you guys get together?
Wil Martin (Earshot): Well I suppose I’ve done this so many time I just seem to answer questions before they are asked (laughs) So, Aaron and I shared some stages together, we used to hang out smoke cigarettes, drink a bit and exchange musical ideas and such, we’d go play our shows and we’d come back to doing it again, and I asked him why we weren’t making music together, and the rest is history
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): I also see you’re a sort of life coach, how’d you get into that?
Wil Martin (Earshot): Yes, well during the pandemic, I didn’t have much to do so I decided since I was doing a bit of the coaching I would go to school, and get certified. I mainly focus on business area, whether they have a business and are stuck, or if they want to start a business and not sure how to, I ease them into that type of thing. But it could be considered ‘Life Coach” but I prefer ‘Personal Development” in that aspect.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): That’s awesome. I like that, you do always seem kinda spiritual and zen, I see you talking to people.and your always so center and at ease. I know we all wish we could be like that, how does that work for you?
Wil Martin (Earshot): I’m a spiritual person but I don’t always try to bring that into my coaching or conversation, it’s all about respecting yourself and it took awhile to get there but it is achievable. You just got to have the right mindset
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): I know we all try to have that mindset and fall short, Thanks for the wisdom, but it’s always nice talking to you Wil and I look forward to talking to you again! As always thanks for your time!
Wil Martin (Earshot): Always a pleasure talking to you Toney, and be on the lookout for future tour dates, I’ll definitely keep you posted.
“You + I” was written by Wil Martin, Andy Stafford, Aaron Fink, John Novak and Michael Sylvia. The song was produced by Wil Martin & Aaron Fink, mixed and mastered by Allen Terry.
“Tongue Tied (Unplugged)” was written, produced and mixed by Wil Martin and mastered by Rob Brill. The song was previously released on their second album “TWO”.
“You + I” and “Tongue Tied (Unplugged)” can be streamed/downloaded at:
Wil Martin – vocals / guitar
Aaron Fink – guitars
Andy Stafford – guitars
John Novak – bass
Michael Sylvia – drums
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