Martin Cilia

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Martin Cilia
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Cilia playing surf guitar; 30 April 2013
Background information
Born 1958
Rochford, Essex
England, United Kingdom
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres Rock, surf rock, pop music, garage rock
Occupations Musician
Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1974 - present
Associated acts The Atlantics, Dave Warner
Website MartinCillia.com
Notable instruments
1963 Fender Stratocaster
1963 Fender Jaguar
1957 Fender Precision Bass
1965 Fender Jazz Bass

Martin Cilia (born 1958, Rochford, Essex, England) moved to Perth, Western Australia with his family in January 1968. Cilla is best known for his songwriting skills, and his membership in The Atlantics, where he performs on the guitar. Cilia played his first gig in a school hall in Morley High in 1972 with fellow students. He remembered playing songs by The Shadows, The Monkees, The Beatles, and Cat Stevens songs.[1]

Start of career[edit]

At age 14, Cilla became a professional musician. He played in various bands in and around Perth before spending a year in London in 1979. In 1982 Cilia joined Invasion Force where he met locals Alf Demasi and Lloyd Allanson. Together they formed the Perth band The Flying Fonzarellis. The Flying Fonzarellis released several recordings and toured Sydney in 1984. The band had some chart success holding the number one spot in Perth for a few weeks.

The Martin Cilia Band

After the Fonzarellis, he went on to play in Dave Warner's Sensational Sixties and then with Midget and the Farrellys who were extremely popular in Fremantle throughout the Americas Cup. Already his passion for that stinging surf music guitar sound was obvious.

He went on to tour and record with Dave Warner's band, Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs. Cilia moved to Sydney in 1989. He played & recorded with The Brookes. He toured Western Australia in 1993 with the Big Land - Big Heart tour. That band contained Dobe Newton of the Bushwackers, Ernie Dingo, Dave Warner, Greg Macainish of Skyhooks, Paul Hitchins, (Sports) Dave Clarke and Cilla. They toured Vietnam with a similar concept in January 1994.

In 1998 he recorded some instrumental guitar songs. Bosco Bosanac, the bassist with the Australian surf group The Atlantics heard one of his demo tapes. The band is noted as the "Australia's own surf music maestros".[2]

One Friday afternoon Bosanac called Cilia. He said "You sound all right on the recordings but can you play live?" His band's guitarist had just called in sick. Cilia played at the gig and Bosco told the other members from The Atlantics about him, and Cilla has been an integral and permanent member of the band since. The Atlantics have gone on to record many of Cilia's songs, which have appeared on various Atlantics records, in feature film soundtracks, surf movies, and PlayStation games.

In August 2007, Cilia released his first solo album Revenge Of The Surf Guitar. The album brought him first place internationally, both as an artist and songwriter in the Surf song category in 2009 at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards.[3] Song WinnersHis next album The Odd One Out was released in 2009. Surfersaurus was released in 2011. The most recent solo album Going to Kaleponi was released on 5 April 2013.

Equipment[edit]

Cilia is an avid collector of classic and unique electric guitars. Some of his most valuable guitars can be heard on Revenge Of The Surf Guitar including an original candy apple Red 1963 Fender Stratocaster, a black 1963 Fender Jaguar, a 1957 Fender Precision Bass and a 1965 Fender Jazz Bass. Pieces from the collection are featured on his website with a story about each item, a new one is added each month - Guitar of the Month.

Inspired by a 2012 trip to Hawaii and California (the Hawaiians call it Kaleponi) and a chance meeting with surf guitarist Dick Dale, Going To Kaleponi has Martin and his classic guitar collection in full flight.

In August 2013 Martin and his band will tour the East Coast of America in support of the new album.

Discography[edit]

2007 - Revenge of the Surf Guitar

  1. 1963
  2. Surf’s Up
  3. Reverb Beach
  4. Under the Hood
  5. Return of the Surf Guitar
  6. Surfabilly
  7. Freakout
  8. Point Danger
  9. The Worm
  10. Black Jaguar
  11. Flight of the Surf Guitar
  12. Queen Kahuna
  13. Cronulla Point
  14. Surfride
  15. Riff A Go Go
  16. Mermaid Beach

2009 - The Odd One Out

  1. The Odd One Out
  2. Real to Reel
  3. Cry For A Shadow
  4. Exile on Chapel Street
  5. Medication
  6. The Same Song Remains
  7. Old Guitars
  8. Chunky
  9. Pick On Me
  10. Ancestor
  11. West of Bondi
  12. 1993
  13. Road To Ballarat

2011 - Surfersaurus

  1. Number One
  2. Walk Don't Run
  3. Futurama
  4. Albatross
  5. Apache
  6. Pipeline
  7. Endless Summer
  8. Surfersaurus
  9. Wipe Out
  10. Misirlou
  11. December Sun
  12. Telstar
  13. Twilight Surfer
  14. The Crusher
  15. Propeller
  16. Rock and Roll Part 2

2013 - Going to Kaleponi

  1. Makua Beach
  2. Mrs Moto
  3. Walking in Sand
  4. Hawaii Western
  5. Going to Kaleponi
  6. Street Surfer
  7. Koko Head
  8. Ocean Guitar
  9. Pacific Rain
  10. Shore Enough
  11. Hawaiian Moon
  12. Waves of Thunder
  13. 1961
  14. End of Summer
  15. See you in 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cilla, Martin Martin Cillia Official Website
  2. ^ ABC Ballarat Retrieved 30 April 2009
  3. ^ "2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Song Winners". 1st place, Just Plain Folks Music Awards. 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 

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