LETTER HOME: Getting to Know Fox Martindale

You may have heard the name Fox Martindale while lurking the depths of Rookie Mag, or maybe you've peeped some of his toe-tapping music on his Bandcamp. Not one to stay dormant for long, the mastermind behind projects like Creep Creep Beach and the newly-helmed Goodbye Honolulu is also in the process of recording a new album for the latter of the two. WRITTEN CITIZEN caught up with Fox for a brief chat about making music, creativity, and his new band.

WRITTEN CITIZEN: Hey, Fox! How are you doing?

FOX MARTINDALE: Hi there! I'm well!

WC: What was it like to begin making your own music? Were there any obstacles you faced getting started?

FM: I honestly can't remember how I started writing songs, which I'm sure sounds really weird. I mean, I guess I learned basic guitar and just started writing as soon as I could. Once I accumulated enough for an album, I would record my ass off. As far as I can remember, I don't recall ever really having difficulty writing music, aside from not knowing what chord to play next or what lyric is going to fit where, though I wouldn't consider those obstacles. They are just bumps in the road any songwriter comes across, no matter how long you've been playing. Some people may consider my recording situation an obstacle, seeing that I use one mic to record everything. I like having this limitation, though. I think it's a part of the sound. 

WC: On a couple of your songs, your girlfriend Anna makes an appearance. What's it like collaborating with her?

FM: Collaborating with Anna has always happened by chance. So far Anna, is on two songs: "All The Things We Used To Do" and "Make It Right". When I was recording "All The Things We Used To Do", Anna came home while I was recording and I just said, "Hey, sing these lines, click this button to record, and call me over when you're done". The same exact thing happened while recording "Make It Right". So, we'll just have to see which song she walks in on next.

WC: Can you describe your creative process to us?

FM: My creative process is pretty forced. If I'm sitting around doing nothing, nine times out of ten — even if I don't feel like it — I'll make myself write a song or two. Even if I don't use the song, just to be constantly writing, I find really good for my brain and creative process. 

WC: You've recently started work on a new project, Goodbye Honolulu. Does that happen to be named after the Dirty Beaches song of the same name?

FM: Nope. I thought of the name when I was in grade twelve. I was pretty stoned. The original idea of Goodbye Honolulu was a two-man band in which I played the drums. Now it's a four piece, and I sing and play guitar.

WC: Who are some of your inspirations?

FM: Hank Williams, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Blind Willie McTell, T. Rex, Patsy Cline, The Fleetwoods, Lou Reed, The Growlers... the list goes on. I could bore you all day with all my idols. 

WC: Do you have any current musical obsessions?

FM: Right now, I'm totally obsessed with Timber Timbre's new album "Hot Dreams". I've followed their whole career since they started, and this last album has completely blown me away. I've also been listening to Connan Mockasin's album "Caramel" on repeat. Lots of good sounds coming from that guy. Definitely worth a listen if you haven't checked him out. 

WC: Anything else you'd like to say to our Citizens?

FM: Hey Citizens, check out my other band Goodbye Honolulu, as well as my homies' bands: King Queso, HeadSpace, Swimmers, Pins and Needles, and Ruthless Ones. Toronto has amazing bands you just have to dig. 

WC: And finally, what's next for you?

FM:  I'm writing my next album, recording a Goodbye Honolulu album, playing a show with Zeus, and planning some tours. 

Keep up with Fox on his Instagram & Facebook pages
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