An Interview with Martin Gladman + Michael Benhayon

 Ellie D Chats with Martin Gladman + Michael Benhayon

Ellie D Chats with
Martin Gladman + Michael Benhayon

Where did your musical journey begin?

Michael: At age 13 I picked up a guitar that was ‘left around the house’ and began playing. My sister who knew a few chords showed me some, and that was it. The guitar was first and set me off to playing piano, then bass and then I picked up the drums a few years later also.

Martin: The very first song I ever wrote was when I was five years old, it was about saving the penguins, which was slightly misguided considering it was the whales that were endangered… but it’s the sentiment that counts right? It really wasn’t until my early twenties that I taught myself how to play guitar and then started to write music, prior to that I was mainly a lyric man, I had lyrics coming out of my ears!

Who is the inspiration behind your music?

Michael: Life is my main inspiration for music, not one particular person, but many - including my family, close friends, but also my care for humanity and the state of the world.

Martin: I am very touched to have people in my life who consistently show me and support me to deepen my love and understanding for people, and I know this is something which I in turn offer to others.  This is where I draw my inspiration, from the beauty which is equally and inherently within me just as it is in us all.  All that show that, is all the inspiration one could ever wish for. 

What do you hope to achieve through your music?

Michael: I write music with the aim of inspiring others. My main goal in music goal would be to be producing music for other artists - I do not wish to be famous or have the ‘stardom’ recognition.


Martin: One of the first people whom I played the recordings Michael and I did together too was my friend’s 8 month old baby.  When I played the record she stopped and went very still and this feeling of being totally safe and held almost encompassed the room, it’s difficult to describe but it was very beautiful.  As the record played though she contently played by herself, happily doing her thing, but when I turned the record off, she became very upset.  We thought she had hurt herself but she hadn’t and we couldn’t figure out what had happened.  When we asked her to show us what was wrong she made her way over and pointed to the laptop, I didn’t quite believe it, nor did her mother, but she indicating for us to play the music.  When we put the record back on, she settled back into her body and continued playing, it was very beautiful and quite profound. To me, this was an indicator that we had achieved what we had set out to do.

Which music artists would you consider collaborating with?

Michael: Almost any that would be willing to collaborate with me.

Martin: I feel very blessed having been given the opportunity to collaborate with Michael and now with Rachael Kane, Tina Kopa, Catherine Wood and Benjamin Hurt as part of the live shows – I’m already blown away!  I’d happily work with anyone who is dedicated to making music that reminds people of true love.

Connect Online with Martin Gladman:
Facebook | Soundcloud 

Connect Online with Michael Benhayon:
Facebook | Soundcloud 

What’s your proudest career moment to date?

Michael: Being able to work with such amazing artists/singers. I hope to do this more in the future, and reach as many as I can.

Martin: It has been an absolute blessing working with Michael.  I couldn’t begin to think of a more beautiful man to share this experience with. 

Which music artists have influenced your musical style?

Michael: I try not to be influenced into a particular style or genre as it limits my ability to work with certain artists and groups of people - that said, I grew up mainly listening to a lot of Prince.

Martin: It might seem strange but I don’t listen to a lot of music these days. I used to listen to really angst driven, political artists like Ani DiFranco, but it was more the lyrical content that inspired me then the music; she has a very clever way with words that at the time I felt captured what was happening in the world.  These days, I’m more inspired by all aspects of people’s expression, how they write, how they move, how they talk, how they work, how they live - if it’s non-imposing, it simply melts me.

What’s coming up for you over the next 12 months?

Michael: Finish producing the album with Martin Gladman. GM Records, my record label will be launching a brand new website. Recording and producing another 4 or 5 albums. Various Live performances - there is a lot planned for this next 12 months.

Martin: We have three shows coming up at the Melbourne Fringe Festival on the 16th and 17th of September and then again on the 1st October at Gasworks Arts Park, which I’m very much looking forward to sharing with the audience. Once Michael has finished adding his magic touch to the record, we’ll be releasing that and then after that, who knows, we’ll see what unfolds next. I’m looking forward to possibly exploring writing my own music again.

Where was your music first played, and how did your career evolve from there?

Michael: I have mostly sold my music through my own mediums, websites, events etc. and avoided iTunes and all the other companies like that to date - nothing against them, just the way I wanted to do it. So I guess the first time my music got played publicly was at the opening show of Wet N Wild Sydney. I have a client I have produced music for, for his light shows and videos, and his company did the lighting for the opening of Wet N Wild Sydney in 2014. So my music was played alongside top 40 hits, whilst people were enjoying the water park.

Martin: The first single I’ve ever released/been a part of was the single Michael and I just released a few weeks ago, a cover of his track ‘Brand New’.  JOY 94.9 has been a beautiful support to us as has SYN FM and now, Southern FM.  Community radio is so important for providing an avenue for people’s expression, it’s been very awesome and touching to have this support.

What words of wisdom do you have for upcoming music artists?

Michael: Play music from your true heart – Music that comes from your true heart brings true wealth to you and others around you. Music that keeps you emotional only confirms the pain that one wishes deep down to get away from.

Martin: Stay steady and don’t get caught in the many paradigms which surrounds music as we know it.  There is a beauty that is far beyond anything we can imagine, which can only come from listening to one’s true heart, as Michael has beautifully offered.