Martin & Music

Martin lives for music, which includes an involvement with artists, sponsorships, launches and endorsements throughout his career.

He started listening to music on his own at the tender age of three.

At four, he was listening to what became his favourite album of all time, Miles Davis’s ‘Kind of Blue’ (1959).

Martin studied saxophone, piano, guitar and drums as a teenager, and it was percussion that became his instrument of choice. He nearly left school in London to be a professional musician (at 15), jamming with a number of contemporary artists at the time, which included America and Noel Redding from the Jimi Hendrix Experience (talk about opposite ends of the musical spectrum!).

In high school, he started promoting concerts, which included shows with Elton John and Kiki Dee in 1972 and 1973.

At university in the US, he continued to stay involved in music. Martin worked in professional radio, with WVBR FM, as a DJ and music director for the station. He ultimately hosted the Saturday night top slot, ‘Maiden Voyage’, bringing jazz to listeners in the upstate New York area. He also conducted broadcast interviews with a wide range of artists, which included Gil Scott-Heron, BB King, Alice Cooper, The Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, George Benson and a host of others. During that period, his claim to fame was his role in helping to break Bruce Springsteen in the vital university market sector, and Columbia Records rewarded his contribution.

When Martin ultimately entered the advertising world, his involvement with music continued. His relationship with artists expanded further. He worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer, Madonna, Robbie Williams, The Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Pink, Beyonce and Britney Spears. Most recently, he negotiated the rights to the music of Florence + the Machine for an international charity.

He is the former Non-Executive Director and investor in Edition Records, an independent jazz record label.

Martin’s passion for jazz has come full circle, when he founded the Ubuntu Management Group in 2013. He started with a roster of jazz artists, whom he successfully managed with a relentless passion. That success led to the creation of Ubuntu Music, a highly regarded jazz and jazz-related recorded music label which seen by artists and the industry as the the label to watch.

And the story continues…,,

Sponsorship, Artist Management, Business Consultant, Publicist, Career Advisor, Record Label Executive