After just one beautiful song, Phoenix Martins is already being tipped as the UK’s answer to Lana Del Ray 

Phoenix Martins is one of the UK’s most hotly-tipped new pop talents following the release of her beautiful debut single ‘Heart Strings’, a slow-burning epic ballad that features bold, confident vocals and glorious string arrangements. Since its unveiling, the young Nigerian-born singer’s already had comparisons to the likes of Lana Del Ray and Goldfrapp.

We talked to her as she begins work on her next single, about her music and her choice of Placelist for us.

Hi Phoenix, it’s good to meet you! How would you describe your music? 

Hello! I would say my music is indie mixed with a bit of pop rock and soul.

When did you start getting into music? 

I’ve always been into music since I was little. Me and my cousin would put on music shows in the living room, charging family members 50p to watch!

What have you been up to since the release of your single ‘Heart Strings’? 

Since the release of ‘Heart Strings’ I’ve been busy playing gigs round London and was fortunate to play at this year’s Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was an incredible experience.

You seem to draw inspiration from a wide range of artists. Who are the main musical influences you’d like to work with?

I listen to a real mix of music – some of the people I’d love to work with include Brian Eno, The Congos, Kate Bush, Thom Yorke, Blood Orange and dance choreographer Twyla Tharp. I’m a big fan of all of them.

Is London where you’ve chosen for your Placelist?

It is indeed! I’ve chosen the River Thames in my hometown as I never get bored of spending time walking there. The Southbank is a particular favourite area to hang out in.

Has there always been a dream venue to perform at? 

It would be great to play at The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, where the late, great Nigerian musician Fela Kuti performed and lived.


Listen to Phoenix’s Placelist for an eclectic mix of music past and present, from Mariah Carey to Flying Lotus, and Owiny Sigoma Band to Blood Orange.  Add your own selections to the Phoenix Martin Placelist.

Listen to Phoenix Martin's Placelist