LOCAL: Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin at his recording studio near Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
LOCAL: Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin at his recording studio near Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Jeff Martin agrees to pay royalties for sampling of music

BYRON BAY resident and musician Jeff Martin has agreed to pay any future royalties to American musician Stephen Bennett after using some of Mr Bennett's music on his song 1916.

Mr Bennett posted a lengthy Facebook post on March 17 explaining the situation which stated:

"In closing - and this is for you, Jeff - and your manager, rather than waving the possibility of legal action against those individuals merely discussing these facts, how about you go ahead and write to me directly. I look forward to hearing from you".

Greetings to all who wander by this digital place ~So here’s one of the first tunes I wrote for harp guitar. It’s...

Posted by Stephen Bennett on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The post was shared 125 times.

Canadian-born Jeff Martin posted the following message on his Facebook account on March 18:

"The song '1916' from 'The Ground Cries Out', featured the composition and performance of Stephen Bennett's 'Perestroika' and was not properly credited on the album," he said.

"Unfortunately due to oversights that I will take full responsibility for, Stephen Bennett was not given proper credit. I am currently looking into royalties for the track and whatever royalties exist, if any, it is my decision to pay in full all royalties of this song to Stephen Bennett."

 

The song '1916' from 'The Ground Cries Out', featured the composition and performance of Stephen Bennett’s 'Perestroika'...

Posted by Jeff Martin (Official) on Friday, March 18, 2016

 

Asked about the issue, Mr Martin said "I got in touch with Stephen when I became aware of the situation and now the matter is being resolved".

Jeff Martin formed The Tea Party in 1990 and after a 15-year, eight major-label release career, the band has led to comparisons to Led Zeppelin.

Jeff Martin's solo career has drawn inspiration through his extensive travels with psychedelic influences mixed with elements of Middle Eastern, Celtic and Mediterranean music.

Jeff Martin will be performing at Bluesfest this Easter:

  • Saturday, March 26 at Juke Joint - 20.50pm
  • Sunday, March 27 at Mojo Stage - 12.45pm


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