Tell me about yourselves? How did you all meet? Where are you all from?
Martyn is from up north in Aberdeen and Romana is from Edinburgh. We met a few years ago at college and were both studying pop music at the time. We officially formed as a duo, late 2016 and wrote, recorded and produced our first album “ Prisoners Of Love” together.
What are your names and what position do you have in the band?
Romana sings and writes lyrics/vocal melodies in the studio and performs them live. Martyn composes and produces the music in the studio and plays the guitar at live shows.
What if anything does your band name mean/Why are you called that?
It’s a combination of our two names joined together and it also refers to the planet Mars. We like to bring that energy with us to the stage.
Describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?
In reference to our first album, think 80’s style, punchy, FM, pop. Guitar solos with feeling. Soulfully, belted, vocal numbers with a touch of funk, layers of synths and catchy chorus lines to suit every mood.
What song(s) do you remember most from your childhood?
Romana – Mostly music from the 90’s. I remember Songs from “The Bodyguard” soundtrack and I used to ask my mum to play “Queen Of The Night” on repeat in the car.
Martyn – My mum says I used to stand on the couch as a toddler singing and doing the actions to Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears in my uncle’s car. Also playing drums on pillows along to Metallica and Faith No More.
Do you have a process for writing your songs?
Romana – I enjoy when lyrics and vocal melodies, come to me through experiences, imagination and the decision to write about something, however, Martyn very often composes/produces pieces of music which resonate with my soul and I’ll end up writing the lyrics for it.
Martyn – I usually start with an idea. A guitar riff, a bassline or a drum machine and it kind of sets the course for what the finished idea will become. I think it’s fun to try writing from different instruments and sometimes just from lyrics.
Have you released any music yet, and if so how has it been received?
We released our debut album “Prisoners Of Love” at the end of 2017 and we’re extremely grateful for every single person who has bought a copy of our album on CD or taken the time to listen to it online via BANDCAMP and Spotify. When we play live in front of a new audience, we tend to have great feedback from the crowd because the audience sees who we are and what we’re all about. We’ve also received a couple of amazing reviews written by Amy Kenyon of “The Skinny” and the author of “Wretch” Ryan Wyness, which can be found on our website.
Are you planning any music releases for the near future?
Absolutely. We have some fresh new material in the works which we will definitely be sharing with the world.
Do you have social media for the band and if so please provide links?
Website – www.romarzs.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Romarzs/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ROMARZSOfficial
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/romarzsofficial/
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Svk_3HdlXU
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
We’ve played mostly in Edinburgh and Aberdeen at venues such as The Tunnels, Krakatoa, Traverse Theatre, EarCandy festival, Bannermans, Brig Below, Sips In The City, The Wee Red Bar, Waverley mall, Henry’s Cellar Bar, and Shottstown Miners Club. Our favourite venues to play in are the ones with a big stage and a cheering crowd.
Do you have any gigs in the near future, and if so where and when?
Yes. So far we’re playing at The Wig ( Aberdeen ) on the 1st March, Sneaky Pete’s ( Edinburgh ) on the 21st March and Waadfest at Atik nightclub ( Edinburgh ) on the 4th April.
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
We just make time to do the best that we can and we’ve learned how to prioritise. It’s just the two of us at the moment so we keep each other in check as much as we can. Putting in the effort to stay organised and make sure we plan ahead to make things go as smoothly as possible.
Following on from that question, what has been your biggest challenge as a band and have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
There’s more to building a career in music than just the art itself. We’re both learning how to switch off during our free time. It’s very easy for our music to come up in conversation when we’re not working because it’s our passion and our musical ideas come thick and fast. If you want to rest mentally and physically, sometimes you need to do something totally unrelated ( within reason) to what your working on in order to relax. It helps to have multiple interests and hobbies.
And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, living or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Romana – Oprah Winfrey and Ralph Smart, both because of the quality of their work and most of all because of the amount of self belief they hold.
Martyn – Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is a childhood hero of mine. Musically it would be Michael Jackson. I grew up listening to and watching him. Add in Dave Grohl if its a table for 4 HAHA!
First Published on: https://offtherecordblog.org