David Martinez, singer/songwriter for LadyLake Music, and who is currently the #1 Alternative artist in Corpus Christi, TX and is on the way to breaking it in much bigger markets. Wait til you hear his new EP, produced by the acclaimed Leroy Miller who worked with John Mayer’s on ‘Heavier Things’.
Music started at a young age for David, who was influenced by his father, a multi-instrumentalist. Early influences were Grand Funk Railroad, Kiss, Steve Miller Band, and Led Zeppelin, which led David into trying his hand at songwriting on his first guitar. During his early college years, David recorded his first demos in a studio put together by friend Robert Davis. With encouragement from friends Eduardo Garza and David Navertte, he ventured into the local music scene sharing his songs at area open mic nights while continuing his education.
After grad school, David assembled his demos and songs, and in 2005, discussed touring with local musician Jimmy Wilden. Together, they formulated a tour plan, and in 2006, along with Hope Cassidy, played a string of shows ranging from Houston, San Marcos, and Dallas, Texas then on to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Tucson, Arizona. Next, they headed to California to play San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They had to keep on moving so they headed north, hitting Seattle. From there they ventured to St. Paul, Minnesota, Janesville, Wisconsin; finally returning to a great homecoming in Corpus Christi.
The experience proved fruitful for David, as that was where the musical fusion with famed producer Leroy Miller began. After a lunch meeting at Jerry’s Famous Deli, Leroy agreed to listen to David’s demo. David’s music sparked interest and the two began to discuss ideas about recording. In 2007, David was invited to Leroy Miller’s Hollywood studio and ‘Can’t Find You’ and ‘Where Could I Go’ were recorded with Kane McGee (Drums), Cha Chi (Percussion), Leroy Miller, and Adam Macdougal (Keys) from The Black Crowes. David also did a live set in Santa Barbara with Claude Hopper at Cold Stone Tavern.
In 2008, the David Martinez Band was formed, consisting of David (Acoustic Guitar/Lead Vocals), Johnny Ramos Jr. (Drums/Percussion), Joseph Flores (Lead Guitar), and Johnny Mitchell (Bass), releasing an EP in 2009. Sponsored by AXE, they opened for Bob Schneider. Then showed great promise at KLRU in Austin, TX in a National Battle of The Bands filmed by the Austin City Limits crew and sponsored by Land Shark Lager, Rhapsody Music, and Sonicbids.
In 2010, the David Martinez Band had quite a year, and performed the first gig during SXSW in Austin which included Keaton Simons joining in for a set. In July, they embarked on an acoustic tour of California. On July 18th, they played at the legendary Viper Room in in West Hollywood. David also flew to Nashville to work with Leroy Miller yet again, recording ‘Hey Mary’, released in December of that year.
2011 brought a rush of activity for David, playing in the Cincinnati area in March in collaboration with Indie On Air acts including Danika Holmes and Lovebettie. SXSW was again on tap, this time with Indie On Air and Planet LA, including a series of shows during the conference. David was then chosen to play a showcase in Austin, Texas in May. In July, he appeared in Lake George, New York; and in October, played in Seattle and Tacoma with Match1Entertainment. November brought a gig – opening for Danika Holmes for her CD release and another show with Jason Jeka of Fivestar Deluxe.
For the third year in a row, David played a series of shows at SXSW in 2012. Once again, following his performance he returned to California in order to work with producer Leroy Miller. His new single ‘I Wanna Know’ from that session is currently available and airing across the US/UK on indie radio. Additionally, the single won the title of ‘Top Indie Song’ for summer 2012 on Indie 104 LA. An acoustic tour of the East Coast is being planned by David and his band for 2013 to promote the new music.
Look for David and the band to play SXSW on March 10. The show Is sponsored by Texas Music Water and put on by No Parachute Music Group at RoadHouse Rags. You can also follow him at these links: