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Metal mad father and son to rock at New Year

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News, News

ALL IN FAMILY: Paul Martin plays with son Nicholai in the background. PHOTO: Supplied

A 15-year-old drummer will be among the musicians rocking 2000 heavy metal fans at Trentham Racecourse on New Years Eve.

Nicholai Martin will be playing drums with his dad, Paul, in the band Devilskin at the inaugural Beyond the Black event.

The older Martin is better known as The Axeman on The Rock radio station’s Sunday night heavy metal show the Axe Attack.

Father and son enjoy playing in a band together.

“Nic is very talented, enthusiastic and has a real passion for music. It’s very inspiring,” says Paul.

Nicholai says to play in a band with his dad is a little strange but he is used to it because he has grown up around music.

“To me, when we’re with the band or at a venue, he’s a band member first and my dad second,” he says.

Although Nicolai has only been in the band officially for two weeks he has already played at festivals.
“He played with my band World War Four at the Big Day Out in 2009,” says Paul.

Since that guest appearance at the age of 13, Nicholai feels he has learnt a lot.

“I’m more confident with myself and my being on stage.”

He admits it is nerve-wracking playing with Devilskin.

“It’s a truly awesome privilege and I try my best not to let that throw me off my game.”

RED DEVIL: The members of Devilskin (from left) Paul Martin, Jennie Skulander, Nicholai Martin and The Nail PHOTO: Supplied

Paul will play bass guitar with a lead guitarist called ”The Nail” and Jennie Skulander on vocals at the Upper Hutt event.

Both Martins praise Skulander –  Nicholai calls her “phenomenal”.

“She can ooze melody and growl well enough to put any guys to shame,” says Paul.

He says the response to the festival via his Axe Attack show has been overwhelmingly positive.

“People seem rapt that for once our music genre is being taken seriously and the fans are finally being catered to at New Year’s Eve.”

He says the New Zealand metal scene is quite strong and very loyal and he wants the scene to be respected more by the industry and media.

“We have the bands that are international quality.”

Having grown up in Wellington, Paul says he knows it is vital that his newest band wins over the staunch Wellington scene.

He formed Devilskin about 13 months ago and moved to the bass “because no one could play it aggressively enough”.

Organiser Tamara Buckland says Beyond the Black is an unprecedented event for New Zealand because no one has tried to stage a New Year’s heavy rock event with this many bands.

There are 11 other bands confirmed – Sinate,Whole Lotta Led, Subtract, Decortica, Sonic Altar, Tainted, Molest The Episcopate, Advocates, Bulletbelt, and Draco Aerius.

Bands and fans are coming from as far away as Auckland, and will be camping at the racecourse in Upper Hutt.

Early bird tickets are $30 and have just about sold out, says Buckland.

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