Tonight our thoughts are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Maria. We will keep you posted as to how the 80’s In The Sand concert will be affected. If the path changes and the island and resort are spared – we hope you will all join us for an amazing week of music and celebration. Tourism will be welcomed beyond words and The Motels would love your attendance. So come Relive the Greatest Decade in History on Nov.11 -18, 2017 in the Dominican Republic. We take the stage on Friday, Nov 17th. Come listen to and meet some of the greatest80s Icons, while you enjoy this beautiful all inclusive resort. We hope to see you there!
We wanted to thank Amber & Medium for spending time with this interview! There will be more to come!
Catching Up With Martha Davis From ‘The Motels’ And The Release Of The Upcoming Album‘ The Last Few Beautiful Days’.
We recently caught up with Martha Davis from The Motels to talk about new music (the new album ‘The Last Few Beautiful Days’ is set to be released early next year and new singles are expected this fall). She also spoke about her inspirations growing up — and her thoughts on sustaining a successful music career for many years. It was an honor interviewing such a talented artist who has made such an impact on music. Here’s what she had to say:
Hi Martha! For starters, it is really lovely to e-meet you. Let’s talk about your amazing career so far. How did ‘The Motels’ first get together?
The original Motels started in Berkeley CA, just before Halloween in the grand old year of 1971. My friend Lisa Brenneis said she’d been playing with these guys and they needed a singer and she kinda dared me to come join the band. After 3 rehearsals, our first gig took place on Halloween night at an artists consortium in San Francisco. I remember a naked man painted blue dancing in front of me. A strange first gig!
Who were some of your influences growing up?
So many influences! Igor Stravinsky when I was 5 ish, Negro Spirituals when I was around 8, musicals when I was 11, R&B and Soul when I was 12 through to my teen years. A little folk; Buffy St Marie, Odetta thrown in — but the game changer was David Bowie, when I was around 20, he combined so much of what I loved. God I miss him!
Where were you, when you first heard ‘The Motels’ on the radio and when did it really hit you, that your life was about to dramatically change?
We were in a taxi just leaving the airport on our first tour in Boston, Massachusetts and they played ‘Dressing Up’ — our tiny minds were blown!
One of my personal favorite era’s in music was the 80s because it was and always be so fun and unique. How do you feel about the changes that have happened to the music industry over the years — like CDs slowly dying out and everything being digital. Also, how these days, anyone can produce something if they have a laptop:
There have been some wonderful high points in music. It’s not a constant thing, it will be fantastic then get kind of mundane. Usually because, the record companies will see dollar signs in an act — take Nirvana, then try and emulate the style thinking that will bring more $, but it will just be watered down Nirvana. Every decade has it’s golden periods, it’s an ebb and flow. However, what has happened to the business model, that is quite a different thing.
It is not an ebb and flow but a complete shift in the structure itself. For artists it’s tough, revenue has been vastly reduced, royalties are basically a thing of the past, most money is made touring and even that can be difficult. It’s the question of supply and demand — if a ton of people would really like to be a pop star, can make some damn good albums at home and they don’t care what they get paid — as long as they get to play (sometimes even “pay to play”). It then follows with the people hiring, will start paying less. Supply and demand, this is just natures way of forcing us to become more creative. If you don’t rise above, you will just quietly disappear!
What is your favorite song to perform?
The newest one.
Being a female, what have you learned the most about such a tough industry and what do you like to do in your down time?
It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, you’ve just gotta be good! And not be afraid of hard work.
Tell us about the new album and upcoming shows, including the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills:
The new album is…well, it sounds like Motels — but modern. You can dance to it and that includes waltz; it’s a journey, hard to describe, it’s my favorite so far. Motels live? always fun! Hard to talk about our own show, that’s for reviewers, right?
What would your best piece of advice be to up and coming artists trying to have a successful music career?
Don’t pay attention to “what’s happening in the biz”! Music is and should be a very personal thing! Write, write, write and while writing, get the hell out of your own way! Don’t think — feel.
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We thought we would spend a little time in the neighborhood, to learn a little about Tosa and this community that encourages familys and friends come out an enjoy music under the stars. We look forward to performing on Wednesday, the 12th! Music starts at 6:00pm – Concerts are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled due to lightning or severe weather. So come on out and share the evening with us! The Motels look forward to seeing you!
AND PLEASE CHECK OUR PERFORMANCE DATES … there have been a couple of changes in our summer tour!
Home from Texas, we are all resting up for some time on stage at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Friday, June 2nd at 9:40pm. Hot air balloons, wine, food, music and our fans are some of our favorite things. The Motels can’t wait to share the night with you… Are you ready?
Friday, May 19th at 5pm CDT, join Martha & Marty LIVE on Facebook, with Richardson Living Magazine at the Wildflower Art & Music Fest before they take the stage. We are excited to be able to include you all during this time. So log into facebook and visit The Motels Facebook Page to join in – https://www.facebook.com/events/1918412835104927/?ti=icl
HEY TEXAS! Mark your calendars and get ready for one of the best music festivals in Texas! The famous Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival at Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas. We are getting ready to take the stage on May 19th at this award-winning event. There is something for everyone, with family-friendly activities, shopping, food, and finish up the night of fun with us! The set list is ready to go. Are you ready Texas? Single Day General Admission Tickets $30.00 or $40.00 at the gate. We have links on our Gigs page for directions to the park and where you can get your tickets!
Don’t forget to check out all the new Tour Dates on our Exciting New Gigs page. Most dates have links to where you can get your tickets! Please check back often for new additions. Thank you all for your continued support!