The Real Marty

I’m enjoying the idea of disappearing into different worlds right now, I’m walking around in an Alice in Wonderland tshirt whilst searching for Pokemon and I just don’t care. There’s so much rubbish in this world that any means of escape seems like an oasis in a scorching hot desert.

I have recently bought a Cheshire Cat tshirt that’s a bit dark looking and it made me look for the original story as I had heard the films and new books had been tamed. A few pages in and it’s already more messed up than the story already is to me. What a wonderful idea being able to fall down a rabbit hole into another world.

I’m a clown juggling the life I want and the life I need, I can have both but that depends on how well I can juggle. Im not the only one around me struggling to juggle, everyone is changing jobs and trying to decide where to go now. We have had a quite spell with the band and we wanna get going again. I want to be the one with the answers to help but, I’m not sure I have quite finished working them out myself. I love to help others and be the “rock” the one who has got it together but it’s really all smoke and mirrors a lot of the time.

I am the master of becoming someone else, oh Mr Mayhem was around for quite some time. The confident in your face rock star who wouldn’t let no one or nothing stand in his way. He never made it off the stage tho and I never let him consume me like others let their alter egos consume them. I have been trying to ditch that for a while now because I want to connect with people as much as I can and that’s only possible when you are 100% being yourself.

OFF WITH MY HAIR!! I am ushering in a new me where I hope all aspects of my life will come together, or that’s what I hope. I am that guy that ain’t afraid to like Alice in wonderland, I am that slightly emo looking dude (which I don’t think looks too shabby) and I can still be that punk guy challenging everything through his music. I want to be everything everyone wants me to be and I can be all of that because I can be anyone I want to be, and I want to be all those people all at once. I don’t want to hide parts of myself from people. I am the whole puzzle not just the piece you approve of.

I like dramatic changes, I have a thirst for feeling I have acheived stuff and I struggle with making myself feel I have made others proud of me. A new look or style, providing proof I follow the path that’s set before me. Sometimes I run away to wonderland and forget everything exists but then I can get my head round things and come back stronger than ever before. Recently I have been escaping to wonderland to forget life and find out what I really want.

Me and Britoni are saving and working towards buying a house and we plan eventually to have a little one or two running around for which I need security and a decent job however I know you need an escape and to do the things you enjoy. A good friend of mine I lost to cancer once said “you got to follow your dreams” and I don’t think I will ever stop, he wouldn’t have wanted me to stop.

So if you don’t like the arty, wonderland seeking, Batman obsessed, sonic loving, emo looking, business man, punk rocker with an opinion and a little bit of an attitude then you know where the door is.

I am Marty and I am the whole jigzaw puzzle.

Im gonna make it.


Opportunities Opportunities

Good Morning folks,

Another very early morning, but that gives me some spare time! What has happened since last time? Well we have played a show or two, can’t remember what date the last blog was off the top of my head. Oh well…

We played at the new Talking Heads, the old one was one of our favourite venues so it was good to make our first appearance at the new one and it wont be our last as we have been booked as support to someone cool later in the year. They really have done a great job of keeping the vibe and feel of the old Talking Heads.

Over the weekend we took a trip to Rochester to play Woodies Youth Club. Yes we were a little sceptical about playing somewhere aimed a kids in a building with no alcohol but, it went really well. Great turnout and just the kind of audience we have been wanting to crack. I have a little suspicion we will be back there before long.

Then this Saturday we have Southampton Tattoo festival to look forward to. We are on the Straw Stage at around 3:30. We have been quite excited about this one. It has music, cars, video games, tattoos, pretty much everything in one place!!

Other than the band stuff I have started a Business and Accountancy course. Its a bit of a trial to see if I can do these online courses by myself at home. It is also a course mainly aimed at starting your own business, so you get to know about all the different aspects. This along with my progression and training at work all things are going pretty well. If I can do this course I am going to start paying out the big bucks to do some procurement ones to help my job.

I have really got my teeth into my job now, just waiting for things to start happening. I have a long term plan, I have decided where I wanna be in 2 years time, 5 years time and so on. So far it seems to be working but I am only a week in. Feels much better having a long term plan, finally stopped fretting about all the what ifs and as if by magic all the creativity has come back and I want to start writing music again. Even though I have chosen I thing over another, in the long run they will help each other out. I now have different careers, I am pushing the business thing more now as the band is set up and just needs to keep ticking over till someone notices us.

Oh yer! I have also been contacted about doing a blog for another website. I don’t know whether it will be this just posted to the other site for their fanbase too or whether I might keep this as a weekly/ fortnightly thing and do something shorter 2-3 times a week. I don’t know right now but I am looking into it so watch this space.

Needless to say the more I take on the more I am going to have to manage my time better. Its probably good news the football is almost over for now as that’s a huge distraction. I have been taking on more at work and out of work and I don’t want to burn myself out which I am usually so good at doing. We don’t want another melt down now do we.

Been thinking of talking about work more on here but I originally wanted this to be about the band. I suppose its sort of about me and how us unsigned artists have to juggle many things at once. Well anyway, at work I was promoted to Purchaser a few months back now, hence the sudden push for a career. Its something I have never thought of, I have fallen into giving it a go and its going well. Its not the sort of buzz you get from being on stage but I get a kick out of getting a good deal or sourcing a new product. I also initiated this think local thing as I realised we were potentially loosing money from local customers, I am now a part of the little team assigned to pushing the business in the local area which is cool. I am still part of Operations so all the warehouse and goods in/ goods out I do from time to time. The biggest thing I am doing at the moment is when opportunities come along I am throwing myself into them instead of over thinking it until the opportunity has gone.

I tell you what though, once you crack one business/ area of work you can relate it to all the others. For instance with music I have learnt all the different jobs and the structure, how everyone effects everyone else. You learn that its not just the main thing, the product, the band its everything that everyone contributes before and after that helps get that product to its best and then push it further. So with my job I sometimes put people and their jobs in the music business structure. So our products are like the bands music and merch, then you get the bosses which is like the label or the suits you need to convince but also take into consideration what they want as they are fronting the money. I could go on and on but its fun to do but helps you understand the way a different business works.

Right that will do for now, ill post again soon with any updates with band, job or anything else that’s cool and comes along.




Legoland, Goodwood and a change of direction

Its been a busy busy week! I had my birthday last Thursday which was great. I decided to be a child and go to LEGOLAND with Britoni, Al and Jayke. Its was wet in more ways than one. I swear that place is just a water park and the rain didn’t help! I also had to stop myself from buying insane amounts of lego. It brought back a lot of memories f mine Dad and Als weekends at the flat which was cool. Then we had Lynda’s birthday with a bit of shopping and Sunday we went to Goodwood which was Lynda’s bday present from me and Britoni.

Goodwood was awesome, first time I have ever been. There’s so many different vehicle there, something for everyone. Highlights were seeing Nico Rosberg going up the hill climb in an F1 car. Seeing Jenson Buttons championship winning Braun car and Keano Reeves riding one of his custom designed bikes. Very well set up event and definitely will go again next year.

Then couple nights back The Smokin Prophets got to play the new Talking Heads in Southampton. I will admit I was a little sceptical about it as I was a big fan of the old place however, they have done a really good job of picking a venue similar to old one and filling it with all the right stuff to make it feel like its still the Talking Heads. The show was great, much needed after my recent questioning of life. Nothing will ever top the buzz of people enjoying your music and singing it back to you.

Whilst we are talking about questioning life I have made some pretty major decisions in my head. They won’t seem big on the outside but its a big deal to get my head around and will impact my life a lot in years to come. Basically I have a constant struggle, like everyone does, of time management between the band, home life, my job ect ect. Up until now the band was the main thing and everything else including work had to fit around it. Work has always been something I can drop at any moment and is there just to pay the bills. So I am in the process of putting a lot more time and effort into my job as there is a blindingly obvious opportunity to get somewhere and something out of it. I have also started an online business course just to see how it goes and whether this is something I really want to stick at.

This doesn’t mean the band will stop doing as much or be pushed as much however the other guys are gonna have to take up some of the reins a bit and I think we might sit on this album a little longer than I personally first intended. It looks as if we will have an opportunity to record another album but I don’t want to rush it. I would rather we wait until we have a ton of great songs. There is some great people behind the scene now helping to pull some strings and I hope in due course it all goes ahead and we world about it!!

The bottom line is I WILL NEVER STOP MUSIC but there are other areas of my life which I am good at and there are opportunities do well so I have decided to explore them for the time being. I also hope if I put my job in the driving seat it will make music fun again and more of a hobby than a chore which it started to feel like from time to time. When music is something I love and have no pressure with is when I write the best riffs and the best lyrics anyway.

Still Dreaming

Ok so given the fact things feel like they are heading in the right direction with the band, I have now taken to dreaming about record deals. Last night I was signing a single album deal and everyone was loosing their shit about how big this was. I was writing the best songs I ever had. Think I had quit work because everyone needed to get the songs out of my head. Needless to say this morning I work up by my alarm at 7am instantly thought I was on my way to rockstardom, lent over and went to pick the Gretsch up and start writing when it dawned on me I needed to get ready for my 9-5 job and that nothing had actually changed yet.

Taking the positives I must feel like I can do it again at the moment and last night after the football I had a quick writing session with Jayke. Just rewriting some parts to songs we have not played live before or only played live a few times. All the music as usual cross over many genres however I think I can see where its all heading musically and lyrically now. I have also been messing around with some art ideas as I like everything to fit together like one big package. We are months away from even properly starting something new and we still need to push the current album a lot yet. Its just nice to keep going and planning. I think musicians need to just keep writing and playing new stuff, otherwise you will risk getting bored of playing the same stuff. Some of the tracks on Deceived Diseased we have been playing since the early Trash days and that’s heading towards 5 years ago!

Oh yer we also confirmed a date in Oxford for 19th August, so add that one to your diaries. We have a show or 2 booked for every month till the end of 2017 and this year we are playing all over the place from Devon to Ramsgate up to Hatfield. So the south coast is getting a real kick in from us.

Now I best get off to that 9-5 job and start day dreaming I suppose.



Blog is back, back again!

Sup, the Marty blog is back and has moved to its new home on The Smokin Prophets website! (Pause for cheer).

As you might have noticed I have used my superior website building knowledge to make a few changes. (Pause for laughter). Well I think it looks a bit better.

We have been busy little bees recently, starting to sort out what comes after the release of our debut album and trying to make a huge leap in the right direction. Well all I can say at the moment is the leap looks like it will be happening!! Some of you may have seen us up in London in May where we done did some recording and played a show in the evening. We managed to film a lot of it and with any luck you will see the outcome before long.

For now though you can watch a couple live tracks from the gig on that fateful day….

Other than that I have been writing lots and checking out some new bands such as Palaye Royale and of course still obsessed with Biters and The Struts. I have also started working on the bands social media again, this time I will become social media king!

Don’t want to cram everything into this first blog so stay in touch to find out about what’s going on. Please comment on stuff, message us, share our stuff. I am here ready and waiting to connect with you all. The only way we will grow as a band is by you guys sharing about us and our music, and we are grateful to those who have already been doing it for the best part of the last 3 years.

Talk soon