Martin Høybye

Martin Høybye_FotoHans-Henrik Høeg_8Low2016 saw the release of Martin Hoybye’s album ‘For the World,’ and his next effort will hit the streets in 2018. In between his own releases he also devotes time to running the label Songcrafter Music along with business partner Roar Amundsen.

He has shared his time between Scandinavia and the US, recording and co-writing with other artists and ‘songcrafters.’

On his last album effort (‘Night Like This,’ 2011) Martin Hoybye took us on a tour of the new country-landscapes he made his backyard for a number of years, working with songwriters in the US. However, in 2016 it was time for the less slick and more playfully produced approach we hear on ‘For the World,’ which subsequently earned Hoybye a Danish Music Award nomination for ‘Songwriter of the Year’.

Confessional songwriting

Martin’s songs largely fall into the category of confessional songwriting, conveying authentic thoughts and feelings of a ‘life lived and lessons learned.’
The songsmith’s style has previously been described as that of R.E.M. meets Springsteen, but to the attentive listener the music of Tracy Chapman, Edie Brickell and Steve Earle would likely also come to mind.

Hoybye’s recording career has spanned more than a decade, he released his debut album ‘East of November’ in 2002 to rave reviews in the US, and in Denmark where it was nominated for a Danish Music Award.

His second studio album ‘From Here To Heaven’ came out in 2007, and later that same year the singer/songwriter released his third studio effort ‘Building Memories,’ a collection of 11 original Christmas songs. The spring of 2011 saw the release of the experimental album ‘Songtronica,’ a songwriter-meets-electronica-project, while the abovementioned ‘Night Like This’ came out in November of the same year.

Teaching and co-writing

Martin Hoybye has taught songwriting, released a book on the matter, and co-written songs with many established songwriters and artists across the world. Collaborators on some of his previous releases include: Kevin Welch, Jeff Cohen, Chris Barron, and Pamela Oland. On ‘For the World’ Martin has co-written three tracks with Jeff Cohen, Wes Hutchinson, Lori Barth and Morten Bay.

2018 will see the release of the songwriter’s 7th album ’The Hour Glass,’ a collection of songs inspired the passing of time, and the fact that we go right along with it. The songs touch upon a variety of themes and are bound together by a common musical setting and their textual orbit: Why are we here? What is important? What will I pass on?

When asked directly whether he has created a ’singing testament’ he laughs:

”Ha, ha… I guess you could say that. But the lyrics are generally about living, surviving – sometimes against the odds. So, in that case it would be a testament with a call for action. A call to cease the moment and hold on to each other at any cost,” says Martin Hoybye.

Martin on facebook: facebook.com/ArtistMartinHoybye
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/martinhoybye

Miscellaneous praise

Honorary Award – Danish Songwriters’ Guild
Danish Music Award nominee (x2)
Unison Songwriter’s Competiton Winner
USA Songwriting Competition finalist (x3)
International Songwriting Competiton finalist (x3)
We are Listening finalist + finalist and honorable mentions in other songwriting related competitions
SongIsland ‘Songwriter of the Year’ Award
‘Honorary Award’ from the Great American Song Contest

 

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I 2016 udkom Martin Høybyes sjette studialbum ’For the World,’ der hænger tæt sammen med den anmelderroste musikroman ’For alt i verden.’ Og allerede i 2018 er et nyt albumudspil på vej. Mellem sine egne udgivelser bruger han bl.a. kræfterne i pladeselskabet Songcrafter Music, som han ejer med makkeren Roar Amundsen.

Martin Høybye har gennem årene fordelt sin tid mellem Danmark og USA, hvor han har skrevet sange og indspillet med en lang række andre sangskrivere. På sit forrige album (‘Night Like This,’ 2011) tog han os da også med gennem de new country-landskaber, som han gjorde til sine egne i løbet af et årti med tæt samarbejde med amerikanske sangskrivere. Men i 2016 var tiden kommet til den mindre polerede og mere legende lyd, som vi hører på pladen ’For the World,’ der efterfølgende udløste en nominering til ‘Årets sangskriver 2016’ ved Danish Music Awards.

’R.E.M. møder Springsteeen’

Martin Høybyes sange falder inden for kategorien af ’confessional songwriting,’ hvor det at bekende autentiske tanker og følelser fra det levede liv er et bærende element. Hans tone og stil er tidligere blevet beskrevet som ’R.E.M. møder Springsteeen,’ men den årvågne lytter vil også høre inspiration fra Tracy Chapman og Neil Young.

Men diskografien kommer godt rundt i hjørnerne genremæssigt: Den folk-rockede debutplade ‘East of November’ udkom i 2002 i USA, hvor den modtog fremragende anmeldelser, og året efter udkom den i Danmark, hvor den blev nomineret til en Danish Music Award for ’Årets album.’ Karrierens andet album, det lidt mere afdæmpede ‘From Here To Heaven,’ så dagens lys i 2007, og senere samme år udgav sangskriveren allerede sit tredje album, nemlig ‘Building Memories,’ som består af 11 originale sange inspireret af julen og de nære værdier. I foråret 2011 udkom det eksperimentelle album ‘Songtronica,’ som er et sangskriver-møder-electronica-projekt. Og, som nævnt ovenfor, kom ‘Night Like This,’ der er rendyrket alt. country, også på gaden i 2011.

Nyt album venter i 2018

Martin Høybye har undervist i sangskrivning, udgivet en bog om emnet, der hedder ’Noget om sangskrivning,’ og så har han skrevet sange med mange anerkendte sangskrivere fra hele verden. Som samarbejdspartnere på nogle af hans sange kan fx nævnes: Kevin Welch, Jeff Cohen, Chris Barron, Teitur og Pamela Oland. På ‘For the World’ fra 2016 har Martin fx skrevet tre af sangene med hhv.: Jeff Cohen, Wes Hutchinson, Lori Barth og Morten Bay.

I 2018 udkommer sangskriverens syvende album, ’Hour Glass,’ som har tiden og forgængeligheden som omdrejningspunkt. Det er sange, der kommer omkring forskellige tematikker men kædes sammen af det fælles musikalske univers og det beslægtede tekstlige ærinde: Hvorfor er vi her? Hvad er vigtigt i et menneskeliv? Hvad vil jeg gerne give videre?

Direkte adspurgt, om han har lavet et syngende testamente, lyder det:

”Ha, ha… Ja, det kan man nok godt sige. Men teksterne handler generelt om at leve og overleve – nogle gange på trods af dine odds. Så… i så fald er det et testamente med en opsang. En opsang om at holde fast i livet og hinanden for enhver pris,” siger Martin Høybye.

Martin på facebook: facebook.com/ArtistMartinHoybye
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/martinhoybye

Diverse opmærksomhed

Vinder af Unison Songwriter’s Competiton
SongIsland ‘Songwriter of the Year’
‘Honorary award’ fra the Great American Song Contest
Danish Music Award-nomineret (Årets sangskriver)
Danish Music Award-nomineret (Årets album)
Æreslegat – Danske Populær Autorer
Finalist (x3) i USA Songwriting Competition
Finalist (x3) i International Songwriting Competiton
Finalist i We are Listening