Raphael Martin Growing
Raphael Martin has been active as a singer and songwriter in Basel for decades. In his youth Raphael was already on the road as drummer of “unchained”, later as frontman and singer of “asphalt”. It was followed by a longer period as a solo artist (2008–2013), which ended with the album “Home” recorded in Toronto. After returning to Switzerland, the Basel singer was again looking for a permanent band. At the beginning of 2014 he asked his friend Marc Lauener, a pianist from Basel, who immediately accepted. Drummer Michael Rickli, a colleague of Lauener’s at the time, joins shortly afterwards. Bassist Dominik Mann and singer Helena Zumsteg soon complete the band. A first, successful concert of the Basel quintet took place in May 2015 in the Basel “parterre”. Despite the very positive response, the band performed only rarely in the following years for various reasons.

In 2018, however, a clear goal was defined: an album. Subsequently, the band rehearsed more intensively and new songs found their way into their repertoire.
March 2020
12.03.2020 Atlantis, Basel
Atlantis, Basel
12.03.2020
The band made a selection of five songs, focused on them and prepared them for the recordings. In Ramon Vaca, the band found an experienced Basel producer and sound engineer, so that in spring and summer 2019 the recordings could take place in the Basel “helium” studios.

The EP “Growing”, released in March 2020, is characterized by Raphael Martin’s voice, his deep and personal songs, and the musical expression of the experienced band. The compositions are from between 2009 and 2019, and are snapshots from Raphael Martin’s life. Raphael Martin is accompanied by the musicians Marc Lauener (piano), Dominik Mann (bass), Michael Rickli (drums), Helena Zumsteg (vocals) and guest guitarist Heiko Gottberg.

Upcoming shows will follow shortly. If you are interested in booking us, reach out to info@raphael-martin.com