We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
A dedication to investing in your own abilities and knowledge. Collaboration can break down without a vision of what isn’t there, but pining for what you don’t have won’t get you closer to what you need. The gig economy brought a mentality of multitasking, which is a skill on its own, but when in a medium like music or art, a true understanding and focus on the emotional impact of your medium will illuminate the parallels to the visceral reaction we want from our audience.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The Quarantined is a punk/metal/Grunge band, and we have a new EP, Aversion to Normalcy, coming out soon. Some demos of the songs from the EP are available on our Bandcamp page and our website. Our lyric video for “Nemesis (Friend of Mine)” from Aversion to Normalcy has already gotten 12k views on FB, so we are very excited to have people hear the final masters. I wrote, performed guitar and vocals, recorded and mixed the songs for this EP. We make music about the tragedies of our society, stories of living through adversities. We use our music to make people think and feel, to bring us closer together. Also to make a statement- to point out absurdities, to uplift people by acknowledging our shared reality. To take a stand against the oppression in our society- the white supremacy, wage slavery, the militarization of our police, corporate monopolies of our livelihoods, the social decay in anti-intellectualism. We strive to see people come together for each other’s benefit, not to just have another enemy. In our diversity is strengths that we are missing; and I hope to lead people to see the interconnected existence we experience, and support the others on that path already. Our music is always deeper than face value. I do this because of where I’ve been- from a small town with nothing to look forward to, to the Airborne Infantry and Iraq, to music school (Musicians Institute), to working in the music industry in LA, and recording music about what I’ve seen in this life; hopefully I get across what I’ve learned. Easy? It’s been a hell- A whole lot of therapy went into treating PTSD from the war, and I came out with an ability to connect music to the situations and subsequent lessons that are eternal and should be in song form. People love to abuse that. To just play because I love it, has been an evasive equilibrium that I chase eternally. I’d want the world to know what it takes to be someone like me- there are a small number of combat veterans that do music, and even fewer that express coherent ideas that relate to everyone’s existence, no matter what you believe. For them to know I am not some weird exception to rule, but a product of my environment, and a product of determination in spite of that environment. What does it take from a person to kill for his country and then serenade it into action so as to avoid our own demise in the next? I guess we’ll find out, won’t we. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A shoutout to Alexx Calise, Free2Luv, The Volunteers of America, Charlie Waymire, George “G1” Archie, Steven Neevs, Jeremy Hicks-Kachick, Alex Diaz, Shane Guns of Deep Dallas Radio, Aaron Barnes, the 3/509th Geronimos, The Mancini’s, The Vet Center.
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