My Music DNA: Martin Green

The Portal is the first new music from Martin Green (one third of the folk trio, Lau) since his acclaimed 2016 album, Flit.

The Portal track is an epic new sound world of thumping folk-tronica from a full album which compliments a 12-episode podcast surrounding an unusual 40-year love affair conducted between two people via taped messages. This dark tale is not a true story, but a Fictional Podcast inspired by moments in Martin’s childhood.

Martin has collaborated with a fantastic creative team to realise The Portal. The Podcast is directed by Wils Wilson while dramaturgy is by the multi award winning writer David Greig.

The Portal album features contributions by Yasaman Najmeddin, James Holden, Radie Peat, RTE Folk Singer of the Year, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Radio 2 Young Folk Musician award winner 2016 and Horizon Award 2019 winner, and Kate Young winner of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers 2018 and album of the year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017.

In today’s Music DNA feature, Andy Howells puts questions to Martin about the music that has inspired him

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

Jefferson Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now from the movie Mannequin. To be honest soft rock has never had the same impact on me since, but I was a child.

What was the first single you bought?

I won a 7” copy of Madness’ Wings of a Dove in a youth roller disco contest.

What was the first album you owned?

The Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God

What’s your constant go to track?

Changes year to year, right now, it’s James Holden’s Each Moment Like the First

What’s your constant go to album?

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions

Who’s your latest music discovery?


What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?

Right now, I’ll opt for Etteridge from The Portal

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