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“Anxiety and Art”
The New York born Gracie Martin’s music is nothing short of revelatory. A dreamy mix of indie folk and hypnotic pop, she brings to mind everyone from Kate Nash to Kate Bush. Martin starting writing songs at 11, started styling classical voice at 13 and started playing guitar at 15. She got her BFA in acting from the University of the Arts and was involved extensively in the theatre community of Philadelphia Her 2017 debut EP Unconscious revealed an out of the box talent who wrote about the rickety world around us with a hypnotic and poetic steadiness. The songs were riveting, arresting and captivating.
From there she put out a string of fabulous singles, did the soundtrack for the Wilma Theaters production of Romeo and Juliet and now she’s back with Dreams Die, which you just heard. An album is in the works, live shows could happen depending on the health of the world out there and there’s more to come from Gracie Martin. The fact is, she’s so talented, she could do anything. And she will. Now, it’s true that most artists have a familiar relationship with anxiety. And that anxiousness can be about anything—life, love, money, the actual creative process itself. It can get pretty tense. In this chat, Gracie talks about her own experience with anxiety and the workarounds that it forced her to come up with to deal with it. Look, she’s not alone—we all have it in one form or another and this conversation is about Gracie, but it’s also about the rest of us. We also chat about the rigors of college, cultivating a persona and voice as an artist and becoming desensitized to the quarantine….