Paul Martin Profile

Andrew Johnstone
1 Jul 2016

Hamilton has a dynamic music scene that has long been overshadowed by scenes in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Of all the genres within the city, Hamilton’s enduring speciality remains hard rock and metal. Among this scene’s players, no one is more influential and iconic than Paul Martin.

Paul Martin has long been something of a local identity, known both for his tenure with popular metal outfit Knightshade and through his cult heavy metal radio show The Axe Attack, which was originally broadcast from the University of Waikato student radio station Contact FM.

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Devilskin at Brewers Bar, Mt. Maunganui, New Years Eve 2015
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Paul Martin and Nail outside the Marshall offices in Bletchley, UK
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Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
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Paul Martin and Nail in the UK, 2014
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Paul Martin with World War Four
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Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
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Paul Martin with World War Four
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Paul Martin
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Devilskin at the TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, March 2015
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Devilskin - Little Pills (2012)
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Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015
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Devilskin supporting Slash, 2015
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Devilskin - Mountains (2015)
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Paul Martin with Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015
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Devilskin - Never See The Light (2013)
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Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
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Paul Martin and Nail with Devilskin
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A younger Paul Martin
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Paul Martin with Devilskin at Brewers Bar, Mt. Maunganui, 2012
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Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015: Paul Martin, Nic Martin and Jennie Skulander
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Paul Martin in the air with Knightshade
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Paul Martin with World War Four
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Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour: Nic Martin, Jennie Skulander, Paul Martin and Nail
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Devilskin supporting Slash, 2015
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Devilskin during the filming of the video for Little Pills
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Paul Martin with World War Four
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Paul Martin with World War Four
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Devilskin at Butler's Reef Hotel, Oakura, January 2015
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Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
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Knightshade with Paul Martin 
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Paul Martin and Nail with Devilskin
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Devilskin at Harringtons Breweries Parkhouse, Christchurch, January 2015: Nail, Nic Martin, Jennie Skulander and Paul Martin
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Devilskin at the Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, 2014
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Devilskin at Brewers Bar, Mt. Maunganui, 2012: Paul Martin and Jennie Skulander
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Paul Martin with Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015
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Devilskin with Platinum Discs for their We Rise album
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Paul Martin also writes short stories, once owned an operated a metal nightclub in downtown Hamilton called 6ft Under and is a tattoo enthusiast – a proud card carrying member of the “NZ Heavily Tattooed Club”.

He appeared in the video for P-Money’s song ‘Angels’ and was the MC for the G-Taranaki International Guitar Festival in 2008.

Martin also hosts the annual Gemini Party in Hamilton, an event much anticipated by rockers born under the sign of the restless twins.

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