"'Homesick' is a musical journey carried by transcendent melody and churning rhythm that leads the listener along the lyrical pathways of existential crisis and resolution. Come aboard this pilgrimage of power..." - Roaring Truth
BANGS: Talk about how music has influenced you as an individual in your daily living.
Marty Hill: Aside from my relationship with God, music is the heartbeat of my soul. Music helps me process the world around me and gives me a creative outlet in which express thought and emotion. It helps me celebrate, motivate, calibrate, etc…see, it rhymes just like a song LOL!
BANGS: Where do you find yourself listening to music most often?
Marty Hill: At the gym and at my house during downtime.
BANGS: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?
Marty Hill: Guitar-wise- I’m a Gibson guy. Just about all of my guitar heroes played Gibsons, plus I like the way they feel and play. I recently bought a Mesa Boogie Dual-Rectifier amp, and boy, is it a face melter! Pedal-wise, I’m generally old school as well using, mainly, Boss pedals. I do, however, like Trutone pedals as well.
BANGS: Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process?
Marty Hill: Roaring Truth came together after several years of seeking out the right people. We all met through Craigslist ads. However, our drummer- James Michael McLester- and I, knew each other from previous “bump-ins” at various shows and gigs in the D/FW area. This is a dream come true for me, and an answer to many prayers. The moral of the story is- if you want something bad enough, keep trying and keep praying!
BANGS: Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?
Marty Hill: The greatest thrill I get is hearing a finished song played back for the first time. It is very much like the birth of a child. Songs begin, grow, and live within the songwriter until they are given birth in the studio. They are like children as well because they carry a part of you with them. Your soul is literally stamped on the music, melodies, and lyrics.
BANGS: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?
Marty Hill: It has to have the undefinable “It” to it. Most of the songs I write have an underlying melody within them. I’ll lay down the main riff, record it, and then playback and jam over it. I always know when I finally fall on the right melody to accompany the song- it’s like magic- poof, out of nowhere, here “It” is. Then, our singer- JJ (James Jones)- gets his turn for a vocal melody. Once his part is down, it’s off to the studio we go!
BANGS: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?
Marty Hill: I truly hope we are at the forefront of a new Rock-n-Roll revolution/resurrection. I think modern rock has gotten way to computerized and mechanized. Rap is ruling the charts currently, but Rock is waiting in the shadows to take back its spot as King of the charts. Melodic rock/metal are in demand but in short supply. I think it will be like the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” all over again- except worldwide.