Martin Rybak

Martin Rybak


Rock mix between Billy Joel and Dave Matthews.


Martin Rybak is a New York pop-rock artist who has been performing at colleges, clubs, and parties in the Northeast since 1998. His band has performed in numerous prestigious festivals, including the MTV Campus Invasion and the Boston Beanpot Battle of the Bands.

Martin's style is lively acoustic pop-rock on piano and guitar, an adult-contemporary mix between Billy Joel and Dave Matthews. With deep grooves, strong melodies, rich harmonies, and original lyrics, his songs are approachable, yet complex. His live performances are always full of energy, with audience involvement and humor.

Some of Martin's musical influences include John Mayer, Pat McGee Band, Jason Mraz, Howie Day, Ari Hest, Guster, Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies, Duncan Sheik, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds, U2, The Push Stars, Vertical Horizon, The Wallflowers, The Spin Doctors, Matchbox Twenty, Dishwalla, and Kotter.

From a very young age, Martin was always fascinated by music, language, and sound. With his old-school Casio keyboard, he learned to deconstruct and mimic the music he heard around him. It was in high school that Martin became captivated by the sounds of Billy Joel. He learned to play nearly all of his songs, which taught him popular music techniques. At that point Martin began to compose and perform his first complete lyrical works. When he broke his leg in a fateful accident, he was able to spend time discovering the guitar. The rhythmic nature of the instrument opened up new songwriting possibilities.

Throughout his years at Boston College, Martin composed many acoustic guitar-driven songs inspired by the infectious grooves of the Dave Matthews Band. His first band, Greenspan, was a piano-based trio with Tim Dube on guitar and Andrew Friedman on drums. Soon afterwards Martin began playing guitar as a solo artist. In 2004 he started performing larger shows with lead guitarist Tyler Bates, and later bassist Aaron Connor and drummer Eric Landers. In 2005 the group played at the MTV Campus Invasion in Providence, RI where they opened for Razorlight and Muse. In 2006 Martin was selected to represent Boston College at the First Annual Beanpot Battle of the Bands in Boston, which they won.

After moving back to the New York area, Martin began working on his full-length debut studio album. Teaming up with producer Dan McLoughlin (Bosstones, Weezer, Fastball), and acclaimed guitarist Eran Phillips, Martin set out to truly capture his signature sound. Martin was thrilled to be able to invite artists Chris Trapper (The Push Stars) and Ari Hest to add their unique vocal performances to the record.

The album, entitled "Best Placed Days," is a mix of guitar and piano songs that span Martin's songwriting history. The themes are unique and diverse, the music fresh and interesting, and the lyrics honest and natural. The styles range from college grunge to Irish folk to piano ballad, but beneath them all is a common theme: we are all living our "best placed days," whether we know it or not.


Best Placed Days EP (2008)
1. My Own Decision
2. Around Corners
3. Back To Free
4. Float

Best Placed Days (2008)
1. Back To Free
2. Around Corners
3. Colors
4. My Own Decision
5. Float
6. Another Guilty
7. Shannon Sound
8. Save Myself
9. Matter Of Time
10. Better Self
11. Summer Song
12. Live For The Day

Live At The Paradise (2006)
1. Around Corners
2. You May Be Right
3. Float
4. My Own Decision

Live In O'Connell House (2002)
1. Around Corners
2. Save Myself
3. My Own Decision
4. Matter Of Time
5. Keep Me In
6. Children For A Second
7. The Chris Foley Song
8. The Mikhail Song
9. Crush
10. Piano Man

Another Guilty
Around Corners
Back To Free
Better Self
Children For A Second
Live For The Day
Matter Of Time
My Own Decision
Save Myself
Shannon Sound
Summer Song

Set List

Typical Set (1 hour):
Around Corners
Back To Free
Save Myself
Matter Of Time
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Better Self
My Own Decision

Typical Covers:
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Billy Joel - Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Dave Matthews Band - #41
Dave Matthews Band - Crush
Duncan Sheik - Barely Breathing
Ben Folds Five - One Angry Dwarf
Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Fuel - Shimmer
Oasis - Wonderwall
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
U2 - One
U2 - With or Without You