Martin is often considered one of the all-time great drummers of the metal genre. He has recorded one album with Amon Amarth, and spent almost 10 years with the influential progressive metal band Opeth, recording seven records with the band. Since 2010, Martin has been the drummer for SOEN, releasing six records and on September 1st he will unleash the band’s seventh effort called Memorial.
In this interview, Martin talks about his legacy as a member of three successful and influential metal bands, how being on the road helps his family life, and the greatest moment of his career.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!