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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Paul Martin and Nail outside the Marshall offices in Bletchley, UK
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Knightshade with Paul Martin 
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Devilskin at the TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, March 2015
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Paul Martin and Nail with Devilskin
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Devilskin - Little Pills (2012)
Paul Martin and Nail in the UK, 2014
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Paul Martin with World War Four
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Ida Larsson.
Devilskin - Never See The Light (2013)
Devilskin at the Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, 2014
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Devilskin with Platinum Discs for their We Rise album
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Paul Martin with World War Four
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Paul Martin with Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Devilskin at Butler's Reef Hotel, Oakura, January 2015
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
A younger Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Devilskin at Harringtons Breweries Parkhouse, Christchurch, January 2015: Nail, Nic Martin, Jennie Skulander and Paul Martin
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Paul Martin with World War Four
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Ida Larsson.
Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
Paul Martin and Nail with Devilskin
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Devilskin supporting Slash, 2015
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour: Nic Martin, Jennie Skulander, Paul Martin and Nail
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Devilskin during the filming of the video for Little Pills
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Paul Martin
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
Paul Martin with Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Paul Martin with World War Four
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Ida Larsson.
Devilskin in the UK on the 2014 We Rise Tour
Devilskin at Brewers Bar, Mt. Maunganui, 2012: Paul Martin and Jennie Skulander
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Paul Martin in the air with Knightshade
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Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner
Paul Martin
Devilskin at Brewers Bar, Mt. Maunganui, New Years Eve 2015
Photo credit: Photo by Megan Moss. Paul Martin collection
Paul Martin with Devilskin at Brewers Bar, Mt. Maunganui, 2012
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection
Devilskin supporting Slash, 2015
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Devilskin at the Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt, January 2015: Paul Martin, Nic Martin and Jennie Skulander
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
Paul Martin
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Ida Larsson.
Paul Martin with World War Four
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Ida Larsson.
Devilskin - Mountains (2015)
Paul Martin
Photo credit: Paul Martin collection. Photo by Bradley Garner.
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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.