Currently based in Los Angeles, Rick Martin got his start in his hometown of Seattle, playing in several bands, as the city arrived onto the music scene.
One of my bands, Rueben, never quite fit into the "Seattle-Sound," back when everyone was trying to get on that bandwagon. Though we rocked and were pretty grungy, 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 you are trying to follow a formula. 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. All the power to em though...
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.