Doug Martsch

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Doug Martsch
Background information
Birth nameDouglas G. Martsch
Born (1969-09-16) September 16, 1969 (age 49)
Twin Falls, Idaho, U.S.
OriginBoise, Idaho, U.S.
GenresIndie rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion
Years active1988–present
Associated actsBuilt to Spill, Treepeople, Halo Benders

Doug Martsch (born September 16, 1969)[1] is an American singer and musician. He is best known for his distinctive vocals and guitar playing style in the band Built to Spill.


Martsch's first band was Farm Days, with Andy Capps and Brett Nelson in the early 1980s. His second band was Treepeople, with whom he released three albums and two EPs. He has been the lead singer and guitarist of Built to Spill since 1992. With Built to Spill, he developed a reputation as a preeminent indie rock guitarist; his guitar playing style blends rock, pop, blues, and folk. His influences include J Mascis, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Caustic Resin, Mississippi Fred McDowell, David Bowie, and Neil Young.[2]

In 2002, Martsch released his first solo album, Now You Know, to critical acclaim. In 2011, he contributed to a tribute album to The Smiths entitled Please, please, please... with a cover of "Reel Around The Fountain."

Personal life[edit]

Martsch is a vegetarian.[3] He is married to Built to Spill co-lyricist Karena Youtz, the sister of former Built to Spill member Ralf Youtz.


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009".
  2. ^ Allmusic profile of Built to Spill
  3. ^ The 2008 World's Sexiest Vegetarians Are… // Out There // peta2

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