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Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware

Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware

By Martyn Ware
Heaven 17, British Electric Foundation and Illustrious Company's Martyn Ware talks to the famous artists from the worlds of music, art, film, comedy, TV and creativity that he's encountered during his 40 year career. These interviews are rare and precious gems, featuring a raw and sometimes irreverent take on life and the things that make life worth living, Diving deep into the biographical ocean, these podcasts are an unmissable insight into a series of fascinating lives...

Production and occasional musical interludes by Charles Stooke

Engineer - Charles Stooke, Artwork - Malcolm Garrett.
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UNLOCKED / Electronically Ours: Charlie Morrow
Today’s exciting Electronically Yours episode (unlocked from Electronically Ours) features the legendary Charlie Morrow.  Charlie (a native New Yorker) is a world-famous composer, sound artist, performer, and innovator whose goal over the past four decades has been to bring experimental sound and music to a wider audience. And, through avenues including concert performances and ad jingles, city-wide events and film soundtracks, museum sound installations and hospital sound environments, his work has  been experienced by a wider audience than most creative artists can claim. He was a major inspiration and mentor to Martyn when they were first introduced in 2001 in New York. Ladies and gentlemen – the Godfather of 3D sound installations, the one and only Charlie Morrow... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
August 04, 2022
EP102: Gary D. Hines
Today’s exceptional episode of Electronically Yours features a true legend, Gary D. Hines.  He has led multi-Grammy award-winning collective Sounds of Blackness for 50 years, creating an inspiring hybrid of Pop, Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Ragtime, Classical and Gospel. Gary has also worked with Quincy Jones, Jimmy “Jam” Harris & Terry Lewis, Prince, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Johnny Gill, Patti LaBelle, Sting, Dolly Parton, Danny Glover and Jordin Sparks to name just a few. He is also an educator, lecturing worldwide about the history, impact and evolution of African-American music and culture. Ladies and gentlemen - leader of the magnificent Sounds of Blackness - Gary D. Hines... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
July 28, 2022
UNLOCKED / Electronically Ours: Jonathan Barnbrook
Today’s exciting episode (originally exclusively released on the  Electronically Ours Patreon page) features the immense talents of Jonathan Barnbrook.  Jonathan is most famous for designing David Bowie’s album covers from Heathen onwards, including the magnificent Blackstar. He is one of the most popular contemporary British graphic designers, and is a world-leading typographer and filmmaker. Currently, he runs his own studio Barnbrook Design, which he founded in 1990. Ladies and gentlemen, graphic designer par excellence, Jonathan Barnbrook... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
July 21, 2022
EP101: Richard Hawley pt. 2
Today's epic podcast features another hilarious discussion the the great Richard Hawley.  Amongst many other things he is a fantastic singer/songwriter and arranger in the grand tradition, creating Sheffield-based emotional soundscapes. This time we talk more about his astounding guitar session playing career, and the many very famous artists he has played for. He’s my favourite for ‘who would you like as a dinner party guest’ - ladies and gentlemen, let’s all meet at Cole’s Corner for a chat - the amazing Richard Hawley... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
July 14, 2022
EP100: Fatboy Slim
Today’s very special 100th episode features DJ and all-time legend of dance music, the one and only Norman Cooke AKA Fatboy Slim.  There is literally no-one who wouldn’t recognise his parade of massive mash-up hits, including ‘Right Here, Right Now’, ‘Praise You’, ‘Rockefeller Skank’. Emerging from The Housemartins, he has defined an entire genre of soul influenced sync-friendly creations. Ladies and gentlemen - give it up for the funk soul brother, right about now - Fatboy Slim... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
July 07, 2022
EP99: Chris Sullivan
Tomorrow’s eclectic episode of Electronically Yours features the multifarious talents of one of Martyn’s oldest friends, Chris Sullivan.  Since leaving Merthyr Tydfil as a teenager, he has become a DJ, author, band frontman, painter, style commentator, entrepreneur, script-writer, fashion designer, artist and all-round godfather of partying…  Ladies and gentlemen - the extremely entertaining man behind Blue Rondo A La Turk - Chris Sullivan. If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
June 30, 2022
EP98: Lloyd Cole
Today’s fascinating episode of Electronically Yours features one of the 80’s most recognisable and successful singer-songwriters – Lloyd Cole.  He had a string of big international hits as Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, and since then he has become a prolific and well-respected solo artist. Most interestingly, since his guitar-driven heyday, he has become more and more engaged in the world of electronic music, and much of his current work demonstrates a beautiful hybrid of soundscapes and melodic pop. Ladies and gentlemen – your brand new friend – Lloyd Cole... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
June 23, 2022
EP97: David Vorhaus / White Noise
This week’s exciting Electronically Yours episode features a truly iconic figure in the history of electronic pop music, David Vorhaus. David started his career as an early member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, where he met Delia Derbyshire. They went on to form White Noise, whose first album An Electric Storm was released at the peak of the psychedelic revolution in 1969 on Island Records. One if my top 3 all-time electronic albums, it still sounds like the future today… He has also designed his own instruments including the legendary Kaleidophon, and together with Mike Painter is about to release the latest White Noise album, Lightning Strikes Twice. Ladies and Gentlemen - the man who reveals your hidden dreams - David Vorhaus... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
June 16, 2022
EP96: Richard X
Today’s fascinating guest on Electronically Yours is the hitmaker and producer Richard X. Richard X and Martyn met when he requested permission to put out a compilation of pre Human League/Future demos, which Martyn named The Golden Hour of the Future for his label Black Melody. Since then he has become a highly successful and innovative producer for artists like Erasure, MIA, Rachel Stevens, Roisin Murphy, St Etienne, Goldfrapp, amongst many others. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the King of Bootleg, Richard X... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
June 09, 2022
EP95: William Orbit
Today’s exceptional episode of Electronically Yours features a superstar producer, DJ and artist William Orbit.  His dance, ambient and classical sensibilities and arrangements made him one of the world’s go-to producers for artists like Madonna (Ray Of Light), and a huge number of successful projects for the likes of Prince, Britney Spears, Mel C, Pink, U2, Katie Melua, Blur etc, etc. The dance/ambient/classical hybrid electronic version of Barber’s Adagio for Strings was wildly successful, and has given birth to an entire genre. His appreciation of emotionally-engaging arrangements and dance sensibility is a powerful recipe for success. His name has appeared on over 200 million records… Ladies and gentlemen – ride the starbeam with William Orbit... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
June 02, 2022
EP94: Richard James Burgess
Today’s fascinating Electronically Yours episode features one of the 80’s most successful producers, Richard James Burgess.  He is also renowned for his electronic pop project, Landscape, and their seminal and much loved hit Einstein-A-Gogo. He has produced, recorded and performed on a multitude of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and is known for his pioneering work with synthesisers, computers and sampling in popular music. Ladies and gentlemen, from the tea-rooms of Mars - Richard James Burgess... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
May 26, 2022
EP93: John Grant
Today’s exciting episode of Electronically Yours features one of the greatest contemporary electronic songwriters, John Grant.  After a successful career with The Czars, John started his stellar solo career in 2010 and has several Top 10 albums to his name. His increasing love-affair with an electronic sound palette has lead to an incredible hybrid of innovation and emotionally engaging, and often astoundingly beautiful, lyrically poetic creations. He is a true artist… Ladies and gentlemen - the boy from Michigan - John Grant... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
May 19, 2022
EP92: Richard Barbieri
Today’s exceptional guest is Richard Barbieri, the original synthesist for one of my favourite groups; Japan.  His other musical projects include Rain Tree Crow, Jensen/Barbieri/Karn and many solo albums, but most notably as a member of Porcupine Tree for over 10 years. He is the master of atmosphere and mystery; dream-inspired soundscapes, haunting and evocative. In a nutshell, an artist, a musician who commands my utmost respect, and EY’s most requested guest… Ladies and Gentlemen – master synthesist and sound sculptor, Richard Barbieri… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
May 12, 2022
EP91: Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag
Today’s exciting episode of Electronically Yours features two of Martyn’s oldest friends, Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag from XPropaganda. As Propaganda in the 80’s, they created a series of seminal recordings with Trevor Horn and ZTT, and their current work with Steve Lipson Claudia also formed the electronic band Act with Thomas Leer, and later One Two with Paul Humphries. Their current album ‘The Heart Is Strange’ (produced by Steve Lipson) confirms their status as true innovators in the field of intelligent and intellectually stimulating pop. Ladies and gentlemen – here, at last, is your secret wish, Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
May 05, 2022
EP90: Peter Coyle
Todays episode features Peter Coyle, lead singer of the Lotus Eaters who are responsible for one of the most beautiful songs of the 80’s - The First Picture Of You…  Peter was also a major player and promoter in the club scene in the 90’s and continues to create beautiful and innovative music to the present day - and he’s a lovely guy… He has also worked with me on BEF live… Ladies and gentlemen - give it up for Peter Coyle…  If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
April 29, 2022
EP89: Larry Fast
Today’s Electronically Yours episode features one of the world’s great synthesiser player/composers; Larry Fast.  He is best known for his 1975–1987 series of electronic albums as Synergy, and for his amazing studio work on hugely successful albums for Peter Gabriel, Foreigner, Nektar, Hall & Oates, Jim Steinman etc. He was also part of Gabriel’s touring band for over 10 years, and is close friends with the reclusive genius Wendy Carlos… Ladies and gentlemen - one of the synth greats - Larry Fast... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
April 21, 2022
EP88 Brian Hodgson
Today’s out of this world episode of Electronically Yours features a true originator of all the electronic sounds that were part of our childhoods.  Brian Hodgson was a core member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, most famously associated with soundtracks and sound effects for Doctor Who. Brian was not only the sound designer responsible for the TARDIS take-off and landing sounds, but also the sound of the voices of the Daleks themselves! His long and distinguished career composing for film, TV and theatre is still going, and we are very honoured that he agreed to this interview. Ladies and Gentlemen – prepare for take-off *insert sound of TARDIS here* – meet the one and only Brian Hodgson... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
April 14, 2022
UNLOCKED / Electronically Ours: Yuri Suzuki
This now unlocked Patreon members episode features a very special and exclusive interview with Yuri Suzuki; legendary sound artist, designer and electronic musician. His practice explores the realms of sound through designed pieces that examine the relationship between people and their environments - questioning how both music and sound evolve to create personal experiences. He constantly pushes the boundaries between art, design, technology and sound, crossing the fields of both low and high technology. He is without doubt utterly unique. Ladies and gentlemen - prepare to be amazed - meet Yuri Suzuki… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
April 14, 2022
UNLOCKED / Electronically Ours: Malcolm Garrett + Alex MacDowell
This exclusive episode of Electronically Ours (originally only available via our Patreon) is very special and features two old friends of Martyn, who are both luminaries at the top of their professions – Professor Malcolm Garrett, legendary graphic designer for an amazing range of artists including The Human League, Heaven 17, British Electric Foundation, The Buzzcocks, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel amongst literally thousands of others. He has been a close collaborator with Martyn for over 40 years, and will be onstage for the first time controlling images for the forthcoming Heaven 17 present Reproduction and Travelogue shows in September. Alex McDowell’s career started in London, as an art student at the Central School of Art and Design and in 1975, he and Sebastian Conran staged the Sex Pistols first headline concert. His first commission as a designer was for Iggy Pop’s Soldier album, and he has since become one of Hollywood’s leading production designers, creating video designs for many famous 80’s artists including Madonna, Michael Jackson, ZZ Top, Sade, Depeche Mode and Queen. This led to creating worlds for major Hollywood films - Minority Report, Fight Club, The Terminal, Corpse Bride and Man Of Steel, amongst many others. He now specialises in ‘world building’ – designing complex digital worlds as a narrative tool when creating storylines for major movie makers. Immerse yourself in the incredible visual worlds of Malcolm Garrett and Alex McDowell… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
April 14, 2022
EP87: Martin Rev
Today’s epic episode of Electronically Yours features, without doubt, one of the most influential proto-punk artists; Martin Rev.  His provocative and game-changing work as half of the truly exceptional New York band Suicide was unique, and influenced a huge number of electronic pop bands. Their’s was a glimpse of the future as ‘no future’ in the 70’s, totally unclassifiable and inspired a huge number of musicians, from Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire, to early Human League and OMD. Suicide’s transgressive live shows were the stuff of unforgettable legend. Martin is still a creative powerhouse today… Ladies and gentlemen - this is a profound and unmissable episode – meet Martin Rev… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
April 07, 2022
EP86: Chris Liebing
Today’s fascinating guest on Electronically Yours is German techno DJ and Mute recording artist Chris Liebing. After three decades working dancefloors with pummelling techno, Chris Liebing has a formidable reputation as a DJ and as a recording artist. His new album shows off his fantastic dancefloor creations and songwriting ability. Highly regarded by Daniel Miller and all at Mute Records, his latest album entitled Another Day is destined to become an underground classic… Ladies and gentlemen – the prince of German techno – Chris Liebing... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
March 31, 2022
EP85: Dr. Fink
Today’s Prince-themed special edition of Electronically Yours features one of the most important musicians who played with Prince in the Sign O' The Times era. Of all the musicians who played with Prince in the Sign O' The Times era, Matt Fink—AKA Dr. Fink—was one of the only players who witnessed Prince's full musical transformation first-hand. Dr. Fink joined Prince's band in 1978, and he soon became a core member of The Revolution  through the Sign O' The Times, Lovesexy, and Nude Tours. As Dr Fink recalls, “One day, Prince said to me, 'See if you can do something else with the scrub look, the doctor thing.'" - the rest is history. Ladies and gentlemen - Prince’s revolutionary keyboard maestro - Dr. Fink... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
March 25, 2022
EP84: Mark White pt. 2
Today’s extra-special Electronically Yours episode is part 2 of my interview with the one and only Mark White, most famous for founding legendary Sheffield bands Vice Versa and ABC. Our discussion entertainingly covers his career highlights with ABC after the immense worldwide success of Lexicon of Love, discussing in detail Beauty Stab, Zillionaire and more, until leaving the band to become a Reiki practitioner, and the Vice Versa revival. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for part 2 of Mark White… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
March 18, 2022
EP83: Billie Ray Martin
Today’s Electronically Yours episode features the much-underrated talents of Billie Ray Martin, most famous for a string of hits with 90’s electro outfit Electribe 101. Her soaring, soul-inflected vocals were the perfect foil for the driving, electronic dance songs, and her songwriting and solo career remains to this day of the highest quality and daring… Ladies and gentlemen - I’m not talking with myself, I’m talking with the one and only Billie Ray Martin... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
March 11, 2022
EP82: Kate Jackson and Dorian Cox
Today’s exciting Electronically Yours episode features Kate Jackson and Dorian Cox, the originators of the excellent and well-respected Sheffield-based group The Long Blondes. Their edgy and melodic alt/art rock stylings have been re-energised by their current determination to create electronic-based pop/rock on their forthcoming album.  Kate is also an accomplished visual artist, and has collaborated with my BEF project ‘Music of Quality and Distinction Vol 3’, on which she performed an outstanding and poignant cover version of the Blondie song ‘Picture This’ to great acclaim… Ladies and gentlemen – Sheffield’s answer to Blondie -  Kate Jackson and Dorian Cox, The Long Blondes... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
March 04, 2022
EP81: Mark White pt. 1
Today’s exciting Electronically Yours episode features a much underrated and important member of iconic 80’s band ABC – Mark White. He started by forming the very electronic Vice Versa with Steve Singleton, which then evolved into the magnificent sophisti-pop of ABC. His contribution to the collaborative songwriting and production of both bands cannot be overestimated, and his talent shines through every project he works on. Ladies and gentlemen – that was then but this is now – Mark White...  If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
February 25, 2022
EP80: Mark Ayres
Today’s Electronically Yours guest is Mark Ayres, member of the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop, most famous for their TV work in particular Doctor Who. Mark is also the driving force behind the renaissance of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s recent live shows. He is also helping to preserve their magnificent legacy… Ladies and gentlemen - makers of some of the most exciting and innovative electronic music - Mark Ayres of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
February 18, 2022
EP79: Steve Coogan
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours features the possibly the most exciting guest ever to appear on the podcast series. He is a world famous actor and comedian who’s characters have become embedded in the national consciousness. Alan Partridge and Saxondale are creations of comic genius, and his film Philomena shows that he is also a fine serious actor and writer, with an admirable social conscience. Ladies and gentlemen - a man of many talents - Steve Coogan... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
February 11, 2022
EP78: Tim Pope
Today’s Electronically Yours episode feature one of the UK’s most famous and exciting directorial talents, the legendary film and video auteur, Tim Pope. Tim is most famous for his unique and thought-provoking promotional music videos for such bands as Talk Talk, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soft Cell, The Style Council amongst many others. He has also directed more videos for The Cure than any other band, with a whopping 21 in total! As well as all of this, his is a very entertaining raconteur and author. Ladies and gentlemen – a man of many talents – Tim Pope... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
February 04, 2022
EP77: Roger Lyons
Part two of the Electronically Yours Super Synth Special features synth expert and collector Roger Lyons. Roger is a true synth expert - not only has he acted as synth tech for New Order and Kaiser Chiefs amongst many others, he has a studio jam packed full of all kinds of synthesisers. His insights into this highly technical world are fascinating… Ladies and gentlemen - prepare yourselves for the second EY Super Synth Special - meet Roger Lyons... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
January 28, 2022
EP76: Gareth Jones
Part one of the Electronically Yours Super Synth Special features legendary electronic music producer Gareth Jones. Gareth is a major producer and has worked with many top electronic acts including Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Wire and Erasure, and has devoted his professional life to the creation of electronic music. He is also a great friend, having worked originally on the first BEF album in 1982. Ladies and gentlemen - prepare yourselves for the EY Super Synth Special - meet Gareth Jones... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
January 28, 2022
EP75: Neal X
Today’s Electronically Yours episode features Neal X, original member of Sigue Sigue Sputnik (produced by Giorgio Moroder), incandescent guitarist and arranger for such luminaries as Marc Almond, Adam Ant, The Loveless and The Montecristos. He is immediately recognisable as a post-punk legend, and is massively respected by the world of punk and 80’s inspired rock. Ladies and gentlemen - the one man razor-riff of sci-fi future rock - Neal X... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
January 21, 2022
EP74: Stephen Emmer
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours features famous Dutch orchestrator and artist Stephen Emmer. Stephen has worked with some of the biggest artists in music, including The Associates, The Cure, ACT, Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, and was a member of The Lotus Eaters .  Additionally, we mustn’t forget his beautiful work with Glenn Gregory on several recent projects. In a nutshell, his work is exceptional. Ladies and Gentlemen – the man with the baton – Stephen Emmer... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
January 14, 2022
EP73: Paul Heaton
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours features the very popular singer and songwriter Paul Heaton, leader of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, both massively successful bands in the 80s and 90s. He has pursued a solo career since then.  The Guardian described him as ‘one of our finest songwriters: his music reveals an exuberant ear for melody, his lyrics a keen eye and a brilliant wit’. Ladies and Gentlemen – The Last King Of Pop – the irrepressible Paul Heaton... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
January 07, 2022
EP72: Judge Jules
Today's exciting Electronically Yours episode features former World No 1 DJ and famous Radio 1 host Judge Jules. His own club In Ibiza - Judgment - was massively popular. With his involvement in Classical Dance concerts, as well as a successful clothing range, the Judge is a box of tricks… He is also a successful producer and entertainment lawyer (hence Judge!) and has performed for decades across the globe Ladies and gentlemen - all rise for Judge Jules... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
December 31, 2021
EP71: Marcus Vere and Phil Legg
Episode two of the Xmas bumper double-header of Electronically Yours features a very special interviews with my very good friends Marcus Vere (Living In A Box) and my long time collaborator and co-producer Phil Legg. Both are amongst my closest friends, and both continue to have successful careers in the music business for over 35 years. Hell, we even go on holiday together every year! Ladies and Gentlemen - give a seasonal cheer for the cheeky boys - Marcus Vere and Phil Legg... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
December 24, 2021
EP70: Glenn Gregory
Episode one of the Xmas 2021 super-duper double-header of Electronically Yours features an in-depth, no-holds-barred chat with my best buddy for over 40 years, my partner-in-crime in Heaven 17, Glenn Gregory. We talk about his successful career in TV and film music, and his personal musical  projects including Ugly and Afterhere. This will warm the cockles of your (parental advisory) hearts… Ladies and Gentlemen - give a big yohoho for my brother, Glenn Gregory... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
December 24, 2021
EP69: Dean Honer and Adrian Flanagan
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours features two of the UK’s most innovative musicians/producers, Dean Honer and Adrian Flanagan. Their multifarious exploits and adventures in sound range from All Seeing I, I Monster and The Eccentronic Research Council amongst many others, most recently The Moonlandingz and International Teachers of Pop. In addition, their many collaborations include the erstwhile Phil Oakey! Their wildly innovative music and videos are amongst the best new electronic psychedelic pop creations around. Ladies and Gentlemen – Sheffield’s finest... Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
December 17, 2021
EP68: Ben Langmaid
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features the very talented co-creator of La Roux, Ben Langmaid. Ben’s songwriting and production talents (together with Elly Jackson) have garnered many awards including a Grammy for La Roux’s eponymous first album. Ben has written and produced for many other acts, and is currently writing a musical. However, the most exciting news is announce in this podcast… Ladies and gentlemen – he’s not your toy – Ben Langmaid… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
December 10, 2021
EP67: Ivan Doroschuk
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features Canadian band Men Without Hats founder and vocalist Ivan Doroschuk. Their number one hit song ‘The Safety Dance’ shot them into worldwide superstardom, and even now the bizarre video set in a fantasy medieval land is totally enchanting. But under this shiny exterior lies a pure pop sensibility and intelligent electronic music production. He is still recording and performing extensively. Ladies and Gentlemen – it’s safe to dance – meet Ivan Doroschuk... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
December 03, 2021
EP66: Maxine Peake
Today’s Electronically Yours episode features major TV and film star Maxine Peake. She is best known for her outstanding portrayals of strong, characterful women (Silk, Dinnerladies, Shameless, The Village, Black Mirror) - she plays Hamlet and comedy roles with equal aplomb… But why is she on EY? Her singer/narrator work with The Eccentronic Research Council and The Moonlandingz (Part of the Sheffield electronic axis created by Dean Honer and Adrian Flanagan) is as epically strange as you could wish for. Ladies and gentlemen - enter the creative multiverse of the magnificent Maxine Peake... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
November 26, 2021
EP65: Thomas Leer
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features the enigmatic electronic pop talents of Thomas Leer. Over 40 years he has created beautiful compositions, and despite his elusiveness has always been a respected composer and performer. In particular, his work as Rental and Leer is legendary, as his is collaboration with Claudia Brucken as ACT. Ladies and gentlemen – international man of mystery, Thomas Leer... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
November 19, 2021
EP64: Nick Beggs
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features the ubiquitous and charming talents of Nick Beggs, original member of Kajagoogoo and very popular and talented gun-for-hire bass and Chapman stick player. He is also famous for Iona, Ellis Beggs and Howard, Mute Gods and the Steven Wilson band. Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, Gary Numan - the list goes on and on… Ladies and Gentlemen - give it up for the man with the stick - Nick Beggs If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
November 12, 2021
EP63: Youth
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features the multifarious talents of Martin Glover, better known as Youth. He is an in demand record producer and bassist, best known as founding member of the legendary band Killing Joke. He has produced and remixed an enormous range of famous artists and bands, including Tom Jones, The Orb, System 7, Primal Scream, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Culture Clube, Futureheads etc. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the man with the golden ear – Youth… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
November 05, 2021
EP62: Jon McClure
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features musician and Wednesday fan - the Reverend himself from the Sheffield’s own Reverend and the Makers, Jon McClure. Apart from being a great performer, he is also a true socialist (like myself), Jon’s music eclectically ranges from rock to dance to electronic, and their epic tuuuune ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ is right up there with the best that Sheffield has to offer. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the ring… Jon McClure If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
October 28, 2021
EP61: Marcella Detroit
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features the fascinating talents of Marcella Detroit, most famous for Shakespears Sister, recording lead vocals for their epic, 8-week no. 1 hit single Stay. She originally toured and recorded with Eric Clapton, and co-wrote Lay Down Sally with him. She has also cowrote and recorded with Elton John, Aretha Franklin, George Duke, Belinda Carlisle amongst many other world famous artists. In 2019, she reformed Shakespears Sister with Siobhan Fahey to great acclaim, recording a new album, and touring the world. Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for a powerfully gifted woman – Marcella Detroit... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
October 21, 2021
EP60: Pete Wylie
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features one of the great characters of post-punk pop, Pete Wylie. Most famous for his band The Mighty Wah! (AKA Wah!, Wah Heat!, Shambeko!, Say Wah! etc.etc.), his most popular hit single was The Story Of The Blues which reached no. 3 in the UK charts. His excellent songwriting is only matched by his garrulous and lovable motormouth reputation, as befits his top Liverpudlian status. He is also about to support Heaven 17 on our UK tour in a few weeks time… Ladies and Gentlemen – he has a heart as big as Liverpool – it’s Pete Wylie… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
October 14, 2021
EP59: Tim Burgess
Today's Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features Tim Burgess, musician, singer-songwriter and record label owner, best known as the lead singer of the The Charlatans. His unique look, talent and songwriting style (60’s west coast psychedelia, acid house and Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd) has created a highly successful stream of singles and albums in a variety of styles from alternative rock to soul-influenced groove. His legendary listening parties on Twitter are massively popular with an incredibly diverse musical audience… Ladies and gentlemen, a completely charming Charlatan - Tim Burgess If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
October 07, 2021
EP58: Will Sergeant
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features Will Sargeant, guitarist and powerhouse behind Echo and the Bunnymen. He also has long-term ties with the experimental side of life, in the fields of performance, recording and the visual arts. He has produced solo and collaborative works since the 1980s including many national and international artistic projects. He is also a an excellent author, and his autobiography Bunnyman has just been published to great acclaim. To sum up, he is a one-man creative powerhouse… Ladies and Gentlemen, live and direct from Liverpool - Will Sargeant If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
September 30, 2021
EP57: Andy Bell
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features one of Martyn’s closest friends and most important collaborators- Andy Bell. Erasure are probably the best loved electronic pop band in the world, and Andy’s unique voice and exceptional performance talent is second to none. This is definitely one of my favourite episodes… He is a great advocate and supporter of LGBT rights and AIDS charities, and Martyn often likens him to an angel… Ladies and Gentlemen - Give a lot of respect to the main man - Andy Bell... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
September 23, 2021
EP56: Alan Rankine
Today’s exciting episode of Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features an incredibly talented old friend, Alan Rankine from the legendary band The Associates, which he co-founded with the brilliant Billy Mackenzie. Alan’s talent for arranging and producing (and his guitar and keyboard skills) helped to create 3 of the greatest albums of the post punk age – The Affectionate Punch, Fourth Drawer Down and most significantly their greatest album Sulk. Alan and Billy’s mutual love, humour and respect was evident for all to see. After they split in 1982, Alan went on to become a highly successful producer and composer of many solo projects, up to the current day. Ladies and Gentlemen – the Associate himself, Alan Rankine… If you can, please support the Electronically Yours podcast via my Patreon:
September 16, 2021
EP55: Nik Kershaw
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware stars Nik Kershaw, the well-loved singer-songwriter and producer who has had huge success in the 1980’s worldwide. Nik released eight Top 40 singles, including Wouldn’t It Be Good’, ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, ‘Human Racing’ and ‘The Riddle’. His 62 weeks on the UK singles chart through 1984 and 1985 beat all other solo artists from that period. Nik also appeared at Live Aid in 1985 and has also written a number of hits for other artists, including a UK No. 1 single in 1991 for Chesney Hawkes. He is currently regularly performing and continues to write and produce songs for many artists. Ladies and Gentlemen – the one and only Nik Kershaw... If you can, please support the Electronically Yours Podcast via my Patreon:
September 09, 2021
EP54: Tom Bailey
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware podcast features Tom Bailey - lead singer, writer and driving force behind the massively successful Thompson Twins, purveyors of the finest pop music since the early 80’s.  ‘Hold Me Now’, ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘We Are Detective’ and many other worldwide MTV smashes put the Thompson Twins into the highest echelon of international chart success whilst remaining musically universally respected – quite an achievement… His ongoing dub project International Observer is excellent, and Tom’s about to tour with the Human League later this year. Even better, Martyn and Tom are both Sheffield Wednesday fans and have both made records for the club! Ladies and gentlemen – a very talented guy – Tom Bailey If you can, please support the Electronically Yours Podcast via my Patreon:
September 02, 2021
EP53: Billy Currie
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features multi-instrumentalist, electronic music legend and fellow Yorkshireman Billy Currie. Billy was a key player in the bands Ultravox, Visage and Tubeway Army/Gary Numan amongst many others. His keen sense of melody and mood, and his violin playing was ubiquitous in the early 80’s on TV. His latest instrumental album The Brushwork Oblast is excellent. He’s an engaging and unique character, simultaneously down to earth and faintly otherworldly… Ladies and gentlemen – cowriter of the magnificent Fade To Grey – Billy Currie...
August 26, 2021
EP52: Carrie and David Grant
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features Carrie and David Grant. David is most well-known for his solo pop career in the 80’s, and Carrie for her work on TV talent contest Fame Academy, Pop Idol, Comic Relief and many other TV shows. They are married with four neurodivergent children, are both highly respected vocal and performance coaches, and both have MBE’s for their work with music, media and charity. Ladies and gentlemen - love will find a way, Carrie and David Grant...
August 19, 2021
EP51: Peter Hooton
Today’s guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is Peter Hooton, lead singer of the The Farm, famous for their much-loved epic hit ‘All Together Now’ based on the famous coming together of British and German soldiers in no mans land at Christmas, based musically on Pachelbel’s Canon. Peter is a true socialist (like myself) and is very proud of his Liverpudlian background and communal solidarity - he is passionate about education, football and is a proud Red in every sense of the word… Ladies and gentlemen, time to get on the groovy train, it’s Peter Hooton...
August 12, 2021
EP50: Bob Last
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode features Bob Last – originator of The Human League’s first label, the man who originally released Being Boiled, manager of The Human League, Heaven 17 and BEF… in other words, the man who enabled my career to flourish! Bob is now a film producer and music supervisor, and has very fond and fascinating memories of the incredibly formative years we spent together between 1978 and 1984, and all his adventures with the seminal indie label Fast Product – these were golden years ;) Ladies and Gentlemen – the one, the only, Bob Last...
August 05, 2021
EP49: Howard Jones
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features one of the most successful electronic pop artists of the 80’s, Howard Jones. His irresistible songs conquered the charts all over the world, in particular the US, where his reputation as an accomplished musician and performer is bulletproof. Howard’s humanitarian and Buddhist beliefs have informed his lyric writing throughout his career and his live performances are still entertaining audiences around the world. Ladies and gentlemen – you’d like to get to know him well, now’s your chance – the one, the only Howard Jones...
July 29, 2021
EP48: China Crisis
Today's guest on Electronically Yours is the much loved Liverpudlian band China Crisis. Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon were best friends at school, and their mutual love and appreciation of Bowie, Eno, Talking Heads and Steely Dan led them to write experimental but highly melodic and beautiful songs with fascinating titles- Black Man Ray, King In A Catholic Style… Their alliance with Walter Becker from Steely Dan was unlikely and innovative, and led to recording excellent pieces in exotic locations around the world. They are truly talented songwriters, and everyone has a soft spot for their gentle and fascinating style. The band are as popular as ever and still perform all over the world. Ladies and gentlemen – no need for wishful thinking, they’re here! Ed and Gary -  China Crisis…
July 22, 2021
EP47: Leee John
Today’s guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is the massively underrated songwriter, singer, producer, actor and film producer, Leee John. His group Imagination has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and was at the vanguard of black electronic pop music throughout the 1980’s. The instantly identifiable moog basslines, elegantly powerful electronic arrangements and soaring vocals were masterfully produced by Tony Swain and Mike Jolly. They were pretty glamourous too… Huge hits like Flashback, Music And Lights, In And Out Of Love and Just An Illusion dominated the airwaves, and Leee still performs around the world to huge audiences. Ladies and gentlemen – music, lights…action – it’s Leee John
July 15, 2021
EP46: David Ball
Today’s Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware episode is a very special one. There are very few stone-cold electro-pop classic singles and Tainted Love is universally loved and respected. The man whose music filled a million dancefloors is Dave Ball, who together with Marc Almond created Soft Cell. Dave (described as ‘quiet but menacing’ on the Soft Cell website) is a self-taught, minimalist electronic producer, who was heavily influenced by Northern Soul and the underground dance scene in the north. His later work includes the Grid, and fascinating collaborations with Psychic TV amongst many others. In fact, he never stops… Ladies and gentlemen, sometimes it’s the quiet ones who make the most noise - Dave Ball.
July 08, 2021
EP45: Sister Bliss
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) who is a keyboardist, record producer, DJ and songwriter. In the studio, she is best known for her work with Rollo Armstrong as one half of the production duo Rollo & Sister Bliss, and particularly as part of the hugely successful group Faithless. Their live shows are legendary, including several Glastonbury appearances, and Blissy continues to DJ around the world, never ceasing to find new creative endeavours. She is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist and has collaborated with Dido, Boy George, Cat Power, Robert Smith, The Temper Trap and Example amongst many others. Ladies and gentlemen, one of the great sisters of Electronica – Sister Bliss…
July 05, 2021
EP44: Simon Draper
Today’s episode features the legendary head of A&R at Virgin Records during the glory years, Simon Draper. He was responsible for the signing and development of an enormously wide range of successful artists including Mike Oldfield, The Human League, Culture Club, XTC, The Sex Pistols, PiL, The Skids, Magazine, OMD, Magazine, Simple Minds and Heaven 17 amongst many others. His intuition for talent and his willingness to take creative and financial risks enabled Virgin Records to become, for a while, ‘the coolest label on Earth’… Ladies and gentlemen, I present the massively underrated talent of Simon Draper, without whom my and many other careers would probably never have happened…
July 01, 2021
EP43: David Mcalmont
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features the fascinating and eclectic talents of David McAlmont. He is primarily known as a fine singer, originally scoring hits as McAlmont & Butler, but is also now an essayist and prominent art historian. His unique voice has also featured on incredible recordings with Bond composer David Arnold, and he continues to create exciting solo and collaborative work, and is much respected amongst the music industry cognoscenti. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Voice…David McAlmont
June 28, 2021
EP42: Moby
Today’s guest on Electronically Yours is Moby - American musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. He has sold over 20 million records, and his songs have become so familiar on advertisements around the world that he has become a musical style icon, a brand. His mastery of electronic dance music and blending of cultural influences is instantly identifiable. He is also a passionate animal rights activist. A restless and innovative creative soul, his latest album Reprise features orchestral reimaginings of his greatest hits. Ladies and gentlemen - let us reprise the incredible career of the one and only Moby… This episode is kindly sponsored by Roland Cloud UK
June 24, 2021
EP41: Steven Wilson
Today’s guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is the English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer Steven Wilson. He was the founder, guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Porcupine Tree, and several other bands including Blackfield, Storm Corrosion and No-Man. In his 30 year career, Steven’s honours include four Grammy nominations. Amazingly, Steven recently sold out 3 consecutive nights at the Royal Albert Hall, and his current album ‘The Future Bites’ moves dramatically into electronic pop territory. He has been described as "probably the most successful British artist you've never heard of". Ladies and gentlemen - discover the immense talent of Steven Wilson...
June 21, 2021
EP40: Paul Hartnoll
Today’s episode of Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware features Paul Hartnoll, half of the famous brotherly duo Orbital who stormed the charts in the 90’s with their early rave and acid house records. Their big breakthrough came in 1994 with their seminal performance at Glastonbury, which confirmed that these champions of the underground had crossed over into mainstream success. Paul has reunited with Phil on and off over the years, and has a huge amount of successful solo projects. He’s also driven to incorporate his beliefs into his music. Ladies and gentlemen – let us rave with Paul Hartnoll... This episode is kindly sponsored by Roland Cloud UK
June 17, 2021
EP39: Hannah Peel
Today’s guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is Hannah Peel, Emmy-nominated and RTS winning composer. Hannah joins the dots between science, nature and the creative arts, through her explorative approach to electronic, classical and traditional music. From her own solo albums to composing soundtracks like Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, or to orchestrating and conducting for artists like Paul Weller, her work is ambitious, forward-looking, always adapting and re-inventing new genres and hybrid musical forms. Ladies and gentlemen, be amazed and immersed in sonic beauty with Hannah Peel…
June 14, 2021
EP38: Paul Humphreys
Today’s guest is Paul Humphreys, keyboard player and singer in the much loved Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. OMD’s origination in Liverpool parallels the Human League’s in many ways – both started in 1978, both were self-taught, both had an early love of synthesisers, and both had a burning ambition to combine pop with art and futurism. Paul’s ex-partner Claudia Brucken is also one of Martyn’s best friends, and their band OneTwo was also very popular for over a decade. Paul is regularly likened to the ‘heart’ of OMD, and his talent shines through in everything he does. Ladies and gentlemen – pop royalty, Paul Humphreys...
June 10, 2021
EP37: Adi Newton
Today’s guest is one of Martyn’s oldest and best friends Adi Newton. Since they met at Meatwhistle arts and drama project in Sheffield in 1974, they have collaborated on several group identities including the Dead Daughters, VDK and the Studs and most famously The Future (with Ian Craig Marsh). His most successful band ClockDVA have a loyal international fanbase, and his love of the avant-garde in music, film, photography, theatre and the arts has ensured his mysterious and legendary status as a totally unique artist. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a big hand to the Dada prince, Adi Newton (AKA Arthur Craven)...
June 07, 2021
EP36: Jeff Wayne
Today’s special guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is the legendary composer, producer and lyricist Jeff Wayne. In 1978, he released Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, his musical adaptation of H. G. Wells' science-fiction novel The War of the Worlds, which went on to become a much-loved theatrical science fiction extravaganza, touring the world for decades. Wayne wrote approximately 3,000 advertising jingles in the 1970s which appeared on television in the United Kingdom, notably a Gordon's Gin commercial which was covered by Martyn in The Human League. His film, advertising and TV compositional work is still in demand almost 50 years later. He has also created a version of Spartacus for the stage, and he continues to push entertainment boundaries with versions of his work as computer games and most recently as immersive theatre and virtual reality. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Martians are coming! Send for Jeff Wayne…
June 03, 2021
EP35: Professor Brian Cox
Today’s guest is the very popular physicist and musician Professor Brian Cox. He is best known as the presenter of science programmes, especially the Wonders of... series and for popular science books. Before his academic career, Brian was a keyboard player for the bands D:Ream and Dare. He is also proud of his roots in Oldham, but most of all he is an engaging and entertaining guy who passionately cares about music, science and the future of humanity. Ladies, gentlemen and extraterrestrial beings, dive with us into an alternate universe with Professor Brian Cox...
May 31, 2021
EP34: Telex
Today’s episode features Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers, the remaining two members of the legendary Belgian synthpop band Telex.  They were formed in 1978 with the intention of "making something really European, different from rock, without guitar — and the idea was electronic music". Telex mixed the aesthetics of disco, punk and experimental electronic music, and their classic hit Moskow Diskow is on every electronic music DJ playlist. They also represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest, hoping to finish last, which they nearly achieved. Their legacy of elegant and witty electropop is widely admired. They are currently working with Mute Records to rerelease their back catalogue to inspire a new generation of producers and pop songwriters. Ladies and gentlemen, pay respect to the great Belgian innovators, Telex...
May 27, 2021
EP33: Will Gregory and Adrian Utley
This episode is a double whammy – it features a fascinating chat with two of the most engaging and talented luminaries of the electronic and trip hop scenes – Will Gregory and Adrian Utley. Will is best known as the lead keyboardist, producer and composer of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp, having started his illustrious career performing and recording with Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, The Cure and Portishead. Adrian Utley is the driving force behind Portishead, a magnificent guitarist and synthesist, he has a wildly diverse range of creative collaborations and productions under his belt including Marilyn Manson, Jeff Beck and Marianne Faithfull. They also regularly work together on Will’s project The Moog Ensemble, with which Martyn has performed. Two great friends who are amongst the most innovative figures in the UK music in the last 30 years… Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Will Gregory and Adrian Utley...
May 24, 2021
EP32: Boy George
Tomorrow’s guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is the one and only Boy George. Is there anyone who loves pop music worldwide who doesn’t know George O’Dowd? He has been a national treasure since he emerged from the London Blitz/King’s Road scene in the early 80’s to sign for Virgin Records, where Heaven 17 and Culture Club were labelmates. His unique take revolutionised mainstream pop sensibilities at that time, and George’s exceptional songwriting talent and beautiful voice ensured a string of top ten hits around the world. Later, his musical Taboo received a Tony Award and to this day his TV appearances and stellar popularity ensures he is never far from our thoughts... Ladies, Gentlemen and all gender identities, please give maximum respect to the inimitable Boy George
May 20, 2021
EP31: Sananda Maitreya, Part 2
Today’s episode is part two of the epic Odyssey-like story of Sananda Maitreya. This is unmissable. More stories of his new life in Italy and his incredible body of work under the genre title of Post Millenium Rock. His talent shines brighter than ever, and his latest album ‘Pandora’s Playhouse’ is a triumph – don’t take my word for it, have a listen… Ladies and gentlemen – the rarest of talents that is Sananda Maitreya
May 17, 2021
EP30: Sananda Maitreya, Part 1
Tomorrow’s episode features Sananda Maitreya and is somewhat of a scoop. I produced his first album ‘The Hardline According To…’ in the late 80’s, and his impact was shockingly huge and immediate. He sang like a soul angel, he moved like a combination of James Brown and Otis Redding, and his charisma was off the scale. But most importantly, his supreme songwriting and performance talent was undeniable. He sold 14million albums and conquered the world… and then… This is my first in depth discussion with him for 30 years  – we hadn’t spoken at all during that time except the occasional letter. Our reconnection and love for each other was immediate and heartwarming. We had so much to talk about that we decided this should be spread over two episodes. Ladies and gentlemen, buckle up – it’s the magnificent artist now known as Sananda Maitreya…
May 13, 2021
EP29: Jo Callis
Jo Callis and Martyn have been friends since 1979 when The Human Leagues supported the Rezillos on their first major London date. Jo is a very talented songwriter and performer, whose influence on the major hits on Dare and other albums is underestimated. His ability to tap into the publics pop sensibility is impressive, and his good humour and intelligence makes him a natural collaborator. Ladies and gentlemen - I present to you the rare talent that is Jo Callis...
May 10, 2021
EP28: Peter Hook
Peter Hook is a very talented friend. We are the same age, and our cultural references are almost identical, both being proud northerners. Peter’s fantastic work as part of Joy Division and then New Order is well known, and he now tours the world as Peter Hook and The Light. His storytelling is legendary, and his spirit of daring and empathetic collaboration is clear in everything he does. He has appeared on my BEF love shows, and he is always memorable (and usually hilarious). Ladies and gentlemen – the world would be a duller place without him – I give you the force of nature that is Hooky…
May 06, 2021
EP27: Sarah Jane Morris
My good friend Sarah Jane Morris is a singer with an astonishing vocal range. She is probably best known for her stellar recordings with Jimi Somerville in The Communards, but her 40-year career is so much more diverse than that… Over the decades she has developed a loyal and loving international audience (particularly in Italy), and her rich contralto voice goes from strength to strength. She has performed with a diverse range of groups, from rock to soul to African blues, with classical orchestras, a one-hundred cello ensemble, with acoustic guitars and jazz big bands. Her voice, her versatility, and her emotional intelligence - the absolute authenticity of feeling which she conveys - make her a world-class, treasured and highly compelling performer. Her guest appearances on various live and recorded BEF projects have been exceptional, and Martyn produced her 1992 album Heaven. She is a committed socialist and activist, and, like Martyn, was a member of Red Wedge supporting the Labour Party in the mid 80’s Ladies and Gentlemen – I give you great Sarah Jane Morris…
May 03, 2021
EP26: Nile Rodgers
Chic, Sister Sledge, Madonna, David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Sheila B Devotion, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton, Diana Ross, B-52’s, Duran Duran, Pharell Williams, Christina Aguilera, George Michael, etc.etc.etc…. the list goes on and on.  He has been an inspiration for generations of songwriters and producers. Tell me someone who doesn’t like Chic – come at me… Nile Rodgers has written, produced, and performed on albums that have sold more than 500 million units and 75 million singles worldwide. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame., Rolling Stone wrote in 2014 that "the full scope of Nile Rodgers' career is still hard to fathom". And Nile’s talent matches his personality – outgoing and exceptional. He’s a humanitarian, one of the good guys, and his creativity, bravery and positivity are shining examples for us all to follow. I have no more words – just listen to THE MAN… Ladies and gentlemen – one of the main inspirations for Heaven 17, and the true definition of a living legend – Nile Rodgers…
April 29, 2021
EP25: Arthur Baker
Martyn has known Arthur Baker for many years, sometimes competing for similar productions but always remaining good friends. He is an American record producer and DJ best known for his work with hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa and Planet Patrol, and his work with New Order. His love of dance music and his creativity merged to form the ‘Arthur Baker’ sound – the origins of which heavily featured Roland drum machines and rhythms influenced by early electronic music pioneers like Kraftwerk. He is a very important figure in the development of hip-hop and mainstream dance music, and he’s a fascinating character. Ladies and gentlemen – I give you Arthur Baker…
April 26, 2021
EP24: Daniel Miller
It’s hard to describe how much respect I have for Daniel Miller. As a creator and music producer - from the early days of The Normal (Warm Leatherette, TVOD), Silicon Teens, to Duet Emmo and Sunroof,  to his foundation of Mute Records, and his boundless support for young electronic artists, he is without doubt one of the music industry’s good guys, without whom many artists would never have flourished. For instance, to this day, Mute and Erasure conduct their business on a level of trust unheard of – no written contract, 50/50 split after costs. What a great man… and what an enormous range of talented artists Mute has supported  - Erasure, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Fad Gadget, A Certain Ration, and his love of Techno music. He is also a DJ, a performer and above all a maestro of the synthesiser – ladies and gentlemen…  the one and only Daniel Miller
April 22, 2021
EP23: Rusty Egan
Rusty is a constant thread throughout the history of electronic music in the UK. Since the early days with the Rich Kids, and then Visage, his drive, invention and talent has helped to create a template for glamorous synthesised pop music. He also established the importance of the DJ tastemaker influence on the ‘scene’ at the famous Blitz club. Just as important, he has always been at the beating heart of music business interaction throughout his career, connecting people with his relentless bonhomie. And man, can he talk... Ladies and gentlemen, the one, the only, the lovable Rusty Egan...
April 19, 2021
EP22: Tony Visconti
Of all the people I wanted to interview for this podcast, Tony Visconti was my number one choice. He has produced 12 of my top 20 all-time favourite albums, and he is simply one of the greatest producers of all time. Bowie, Bolan, Sparks, Paul McCartney, The Move, Iggy Pop, Kaiser Chiefs, Thin Lizzy, Holy Holy, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Angelique Kidjo... the list goes on and on... Then there’s the albums... Young Americans, Diamond Dogs, Electric Warrior, Low, Heroes, Blackstar, The Idiot, Lodger, Scary Monsters etc etc The man is a stone-cold, one of a kind, musical hero - my career would probably never have happened without his music. Ladies and Gentlemen, kneel and pay homage to Anthony Visconti... there can be only one...
April 15, 2021
EP21: Morris Hayes
Morris Hayes is the much-respected musical director of New Power Generation and the trusted right hand man of Prince’s band for nearly 20 years (Prince called him 'Mr. Hayes'). He is also working with Prince’s estate and his huge vault of legacy recordings, including the recently announced, previously unheard brand-new Prince album ‘Welcome 2 America’. His stories and insights into the Paisley Park universe and many tours and albums are fascinating, as is his love of all things technological, which he and Martyn definitely share in common…
April 12, 2021
EP20: Neil Arthur
Neil Arthur and Martyn have known each other since they worked together on Blancmange’s first demos. They immediately became firm friends, and their mutual love of football and the north remains strong. In the 80’s, Blancmange blasted out a string of top 20 electronic pop classics like Living On The Ceiling and Blind Vision, and three classic albums, and Neil has continued in the last decade with further excellent releases and collaborations. The new Blancmange have supported Heaven 17 on two UK tours recently, and Neil regularly collaborates with new bands Ladies and gentlemen, he’s up the wall, he’s up the bloody tree... Neil Arthur
April 08, 2021
EP19: Chris Watson
Chris Watson – what a dude… Part of the original lineup of the truly legendary Cabaret Voltaire (and a major influence on the early Human League during their time together in Sheffield), his destiny was always connected to his love of sound recording. He has a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals and habitats from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist Chris also specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place. His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist for the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012). He probably possesses the world’s largest library of natural world recordings, often captured using devices he himself has created. He also lectures around the world, and he and Martyn have collaborated on various projects over the years, including the astounding Sound Oasis project in the centre of Mexico City, and Martyn’s Future of Sound tour featuring Illustrious’s unique Immersive three-dimensional sound system. Ladies and Gentlemen – prepare to be fascinated… there can be only one Chris Watson
April 03, 2021
EP18: Stephen Mallinder
Stephen Mallinder (AKA Mal from the Cabs in my memory) is a multifaceted artist and musician who was a founding member of the most seminal pre and post punk band Cabaret Voltaire, who went on to work as Sassi & Loco, the Ku-Ling Bros., Hey! Rube, Wrangler and Creep Show. He is also one of Martyn’s oldest and best friends, without whose support, mentorship and inspiration, the nascent Human League would never have developed fully. He has produced in excess of 30 albums, and he is also a well-known remixer and live performer. He  is also a respected academic, having published numerous academic papers, and has a PhD in Music. He is super-smart, authentic and funny, in fact everything you’d wish from a true renaissance man… Ladies and gentleman… I give you a true original – Stephen Mallinder
April 01, 2021
EP17: Richard Strange
Richard "Kid" Strange is an English writer, actor, musician, curator, teacher, adventurer and the founder and front man of seminal mid-1970s protopunk art rock band Doctors of Madness. Martyn has been a fan of his since the Doctors first album release, and their paths only recently crossed once more when Richard and he became lecturers at Tileyard Education in London. Richard is a fine and innovative songwriter, and has just released a single remixed by Martyn called ‘Walk Of Shame’. Let’s face it, anyone who has maintained a career in music and showbusiness for over 40 years deserves a huge amount of credit… Ladies and gentlemen – Kid Strange…
March 29, 2021
EP16: John Foxx
John Foxx aka Dennis Leigh is the quietly powerful and enigmatic maker of futurist electro pop and composer of elegant soundscapes. Martyn met him and became friends whilst recording in his studio The Garden 40 years ago, and his work has remained massively influential since then, featuring an ever changing series of reinventions. His commitment to innovation and education is a powerful one. And he’s a fellow Northerner! Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be fascinated...
March 26, 2021
EP15: Roisin Murphy
Roisin Murphy is without doubt a force of nature. After her rise to stellar fame with the band Moloko, and the club classic ‘Sing It Back’, she has matured into a unique musical visionary. Born in Ireland, moved to Manchester and settled in Sheffield, she has gone on to create some of the most intelligent and futuristic electronic pop music in the last 2 decades. Apart from being massively respected in the music community for her daring and originality, her new album ‘Roisin Machine’ is a total, unequivocal triumph, and is top of my playlists currently. Give it up for the machine herself…
March 19, 2021
EP14: Gary Numan
Gary Numan is a fascinating and surprisingly affable guy – he’s a singer, a songwriter, a composer and producer, and one of the great electronic pop pioneers. Tubeway Army started as a punk band and, under his Gary Numan persona, quickly metamorphosed into the most popular electronic futurist band of the early 80’s. He is creatively driven, a true artist who clearly doesn’t flinch from controversy, and he has a unique vision which explains his enormous and loyal fanbase. He has sold over 10 million records, and that is no joke. He also loves aircraft and aviation – wait for the story at the end of the podcast – jaw dropping… Ladies and gentlemen – It’s cold outside…it’s Gary Numan!
March 12, 2021
EP13: Thomas Dolby
Thomas Dolby is a very interesting and surprisingly humble renaissance man and polymath. He has always combined a fascination with the future as a kind of geeky avatar, with a playful and highly commercial musical approach. Perhaps best known for blinding us with science, Thomas Dolby has always blurred the lines between composition and invention. As a London teenager, Tom Robertson was fascinated with the convergence of music and technology. His experiments with an assortment of keyboards, synthesizers and cassette players led his friends to dub him “Dolby.” That same fascination later drove him to become an electronic musician and multimedia artist whose groundbreaking work fused music with computer technology and video. Two decades, several film scores, five Grammy nominations and countless live-layered sound loops later, it's clear Dolby's innovations have changed the sound of popular music. That’s Thomas – smart cookie…
March 05, 2021
EP12: Martin Fry
Martin grew up through the formative late 70’s in Sheffield with Martyn – hanging out at the same pubs, writing fanzines while he was studying at Sheffield University. Influenced by both the early Human League and Cabaret Voltaire initially, he became the singer of Vice Versa, and early electropop act, which soon evolved into that rarest of creatures – a fully realised, truly popular modern pop creation – ABC. With the help of Trevor Horn, they created indisputably one of the greatest debut albums of the 80’s, possibly all-time. Martin has remained as creative and stylish as ever to this day, and, performing live, has continued to thrill audiences all over the world. Ladies and gentlemen – the King of Cool, Martin Fry…
February 26, 2021
EP11: Gerald Casale
Gerry Casale is a genius. There, I’ve said it. I became a close friend with him when we first met in 1981 when his US management company (DEVO, Neil Young, The Residents, etc.) took on Heaven 17. His friendly and iconoclastic personality has always been a major inspiration for me and many musicians I know. His integrated artistic and philosophical approach is worthy of much more credit than merely his appearance as a rock star. He is a true renaissance man, with a beautiful, humanistic core. Gerry's music career spans more than 40 years. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founder and bass player of the new wave concept band Devo, which became massively popular worldwide in the late 70’s and 80’s. Casale is the main lyricist and one of the main composers of Devo's music and directed most of Devo's music videos. He is one of only two members (along with lead singer and keyboardist Mothersbaugh) who have been with Devo throughout its entire history. Enjoy this illuminating conversation. We are all Devo!
February 19, 2021
EP10: Midge Ure
Midge Ure is an internationally famous multi-dimensional being – singer, songwriter, producer, musical director, performer, composer, writer, podcaster, lover of technology, synthesist, guitarist par excellence. He’s also one of the most lovely people on the planet – a good friend, a family man, and a man of generous wisdom. His work ethic is second to none, and his love of his music and performing shines through everything he does. Martyn and Midge became friends in the early 80’s when their paths often crossed on TV shows, but their biggest collaboration was on Band Aid. They have remained good friends since then, and you can hear the love and respect they have for each other. Ladies and gentlemen, there is only one Midge Ure…
February 12, 2021
EP09: Vince Clarke
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Martyn here…In the interview, I mention an hour’s worth of music we produced for the Sony PS2 launch party, which I’ve just rediscovered – this was the first Illustrious project Vince and I did together in 2000 As a special treat and for a limited time, Vince and I are allowing listeners to this podcast to hear this... Here is the link for your listening enjoyment – especially good on headphones as it is mixed in binaural format (3D for headphones). Enjoy, and thanks for your support – please subscribe as I have some amazing guests already in the can – you will be impressed! ________ Vince Clarke needs very little introduction. Apart from being one of my greatest friends, he is also my partner in our 3D soundscape company Illustrious Company, and he is one of pop’s leading songwriters. As recently mentioned by Jim Ottewill in Sound On Sound’s intervi Erasure's musical wizard Vince Clarke is pondering the future of electronic music, and whether pop's tectonic plates will ever be shaken in the way they were when machines first came to prominence in pop at the start of the '80s. As a founding member of Depeche Mode, Vince lit the touch paper for a sonic explosion, and then fanned the flames with Alison Moyet in Yazoo. He continues to be a pioneering force in synth-led music right through to the present day, most notably in the form of his 30-year-plus songwriting relationship with Andy Bell in Erasure. There is much to discuss on this podcast as we ponder our past work together, the future of our craft and our mutual love of the world of electronic music, so let’s dive in!
February 05, 2021
EP08: Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde has been a glamorous pop star from her teenage years. Her father is Marty Wilde, 60’s pop star, who’s family have become a lineage of excellence. Ricky, Kim’s brother, helped to write and produce a string of massive hits on the 80’s including Kids In America, Chequered Love and You Keep Me Hangin’ On, both in the UK and across the world and the US. She is also an author, radio DJ and television presenter, specialising in gardening and her love of wildlife. Martyn has toured extensively with her, and they have become close friends since Kim revealed her love of Heaven 17’s Penthouse and Pavement album as a 16 year old! She sang on the 3rd BEF album in 2015 and still tours and records extensively and successfully. She is as dynamic, intelligent and lovable as ever…
January 29, 2021
EP07: Glen Matlock
Glen Matlock is one of Martyn’s oldest friends in the music industry, having connected on the Iggy Pop European tour in 1979, when The Human League were plying support. His good-humour and kind mentorship of the young THL at that time helped us get through an extraordinary period. He is best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, although he had left the band before the album's recording sessions commenced. Since leaving the Sex Pistols in 1977, he has performed with several other bands, as well presented his own work. After the death of his replacement in the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, Matlock has resumed bass guitar duties for subsequent Sex Pistols reunions, including the 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour Recently Glen has performed with B.E.F as a guest singer, and Martyn and he have become close buddies once more. He knows everyone! Enjoy…
January 22, 2021
EP06: Ana Matronic
There is much intelligence and playfulness in Ana Lynch’s creative life. As Ana Matronic in the Scissor Sisters, she is an iconic figure in the glam-art pop-rock scene. She is also currently a Radio 2 DJ specialising in the wide world of disco, and with her husband, Seth Kirby, she creates large-scale ambient visual performances. She burst onto the scene as the female co-lead vocalist for the Scissor Sisters. She has stated that, in her eyes, the objective of the band was "about people displaying their fantasies on the outside, trying to break out of the everyday, and look like their dreams". In The Scissorhood, the fan community for Scissor Sisters, those fans who hold a special affinity for Ana are known as "nuns". Fans who are attracted to Ana, even if they might not usually be attracted to women, term themselves "Anasexual". As an author, she has published a book entitled Robot Universe: Legendary Automatons and Androids from the Ancient World to the Distant Future, and she is fiercely proud of her Celtic roots. This episode is a fascinating insight into her alternate world of robots, sexuality, futurology and just plain fun.
January 15, 2021
EP05: Graham Fellows
Graham Fellows went to the same school as Martyn (different year though) - King Edward VII Grammar School in Sheffield. From his website... 'Graham David Fellows has been a paperboy, a champion mouse breeder, a builder's labourer, a barman, a teenage pop sensation, a stage actor, a soap star (well, a few episodes of Coronation Street in 1983), a milkman, a character comedian, a film director, a film star, and a singer/songwriter. Here you can find out more about all the above, read song lyrics, view previously unavailable archive material, plus current info about what Graham is planning next.  In the meantime, you should know that despite being left handed Graham has written.. "The finest lyrics known to man" The Independent.' His most loved character is John Shuttleworth, with whom Martyn has appeared on his Radio 2 show, and also as a guest at the London Palladium The discussion covers much of his eclectic career, including the number one pop artist Jilted John.  Oooof...
January 08, 2021
EP04: Sandie Shaw
Sandie Shaw is literally a living legend. She is one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s, she had three UK number one singles with "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" (1964), "Long Live Love" (1965) and "Puppet on a String" (1967). With "Puppet on a String", she became the first British entry to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Martyn invited her to record a song  for the British Electric Foundation album 'Music Of Quality And Distinction Vol 1', for which she recorded a version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart". Sandie also featured on MQD Vol 3, and Martyn and Sandie have remained great friends for almost 30 years. Their conversation is wide ranging and often hilarious - not to be missed...
January 01, 2021
EP03: Glenn Gregory & Paul Bower
Glenn Gregory and Paul Bower are Martyn's oldest and best friends. Martyn met Paul when they both became trainee managers at the Co-op in Sheffield, and Paul introduced Martyn to Glenn to a youth drama project called Meatwhistle, which was to change his life. Glenn became a lifelong friend and collaborator - apart from various hilarious one-day-only bands created at Meatwhistle (not for public consumption), they went on to form Heaven 17 who are still alive and kicking and touring constantly to the current day. There are reminiscences form the earliest days of their friendship, including a rare performance of several of the legendary Musical Vomit songbook... 
December 25, 2020
EP02: Elly Jackson
Elly Jackson is a force of nature - she exploded onto the international music scene with LaRoux in 2009, and since has had success with several albums. We talk about her amazing and unexpected Grammy success, the break up of the band, and a mysterious encounter with Kanye West. This is an episode you don't want to miss...
December 18, 2020
EP01: Richard Hawley
Richard Hawley is a Sheffield musical legend and fellow Sheffield Wednesday fan. He is a critically-acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Hawley initially found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990's, and formerly Treebound Story. Richard was asked to play with Pulp by his close friend and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.  Since then he has created many of his own solo albums to great acclaim and winning several awards, and even been responsible for a stage musical featuring his songs called 'Standing at the Sky's Edge'. His work proudly represents the mood and emotional meaning of growing up and living in Sheffield. He is also an in-demand session player, having collaborated with many world famous recording artists. Our discussion took place in a working men's club in Sheffield, and certainly tugged at my heartstrings... Hope you like it Don't forget to email me with your ideas or comments on
December 11, 2020
Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware - Trailer
This is a trailer for the forthcoming Electronically Yours podcast. Martyn Ware is an electronic music legend - he founded The Human League and Heaven 17, and under the banner of his production company British Electric Foundation has had enormous success as a producer for world-famous artists like Tina Turner, Terence Trent, D'Arby, Erasure, Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples, Marc Almond amongst many others, selling over 60 million records over a 40-year career. The podcast dives deep into the lives of the many friends he's made in this time from the worlds of music, film, TV, comedy and the creative industries. He is still looking to the future with his immersive 3D soundscape company Illustrious, and he has always worked at the epicentre of a wide range of creative future possibilities. And he's fun...
November 25, 2020