1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hi, we are an Electronic/Pop/Funk duo called Romarzs. Our duo consists of Martyn & Romana. We’re based here in Edinburgh but Martyn is actually from Aberdeen.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
Our music is influenced by the sounds of the 80’s and 90’s and combines sunshine vibes and soulful vocals with catchy hooks driven by slick guitar, groovy basslines and rhythms for the dance floor. Debut album, Prisoners of Love, released in November 2017 sets us up for a busy year as we take our sound to a whole new audience.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
We formed as a duo in late 2016 and released our first album “Prisoners of Love” in November 2017.
Romana: I began singing during childhood around the age of four and began to experiment with songwriting during my late teens. As a small child I practised singing along to my mother’s music collection which consisted of a wide range of soul albums and female, solo artists. My music collection evolved over time as I was introduced to different genres by my peers. I’ve wanted to perform since I was a little girl and my mother had me recorded in the studio a couple of times when I was a kid. I’ve dreamt of becoming an artist for a very long time.
Martyn: I had been exposed to various styles of music growing up, with my parents favouring Queen and Elton John. It was my early teens where Rock, Metal and Rap had been discovered. Listening to tapes of Metallica and Faith No More as well as buying Public Enemy CDs, it all sparked an interest in writing lyrics, making beats and composing a wide range of musical ideas, just exploring and trying to emulate the stuff I grew up with.
4. Stage or studio?
Martyn: I first started in the studio. On my computer sequencing MIDI and messing around with audio. I then spent a few years being in bands and performing live. I would sway more toward the studio as I love sitting down and creating something from nothing and all the process that comes with that but you can’t beat the energy and vibe of playing live. It’s just different.
Romana: I’ve worked on both. I started off my journey by performing in school shows and studied musical theatre at college but then switched things up afterwards and decided I wanted to DJ. I actually learned to mix, here in the basement of Red Dog Music, Edinburgh at DJ Academy. Since forming Romarzs, I’ve had the opportunity to record in the studio and develop creatively and technically. I’m really looking forward to performing our own material regularly.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Martyn: I bought a Gretsch 5420t from Red Dog Music a few years back. Its a great guitar, sounds quality and takes care of the cleans. I also play an Ibanez AXS32 I picked up quite a few moons ago. I had the pickups changed with a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck and an Invader in the bridge. It’s like an old pal of mine. I know where it’s been and how to push its buttons. In the studio I have a small collection of MIDI modules that I always find a use for. Logic X has some really great features and keep finding cool things to do with it like using the sampler, software synths and amp sims (check out Le Pou amps, they are free).
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
Martyn: Roland are always a solid company for gear. I still own and use an XP-10 that does the job for all the sequencing. Its 61 keys and has a combi pitch-bend for playing lead on it. That combined with my Yamaha MU-128 can help bring some digital grit to some of our tracks in the studio. If there is no power grid then the Gretsch 5420t is a great guitar for playing by itself as it is semi acoustic.
Romana: The sound technician at our album launch offered me a Neumann microphone to try out. I’m not sure of the exact model but I loved using it for the performance. It felt silky. It’s the same mic that we used in our live video of “Complicated”.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?