- Martin Atkins
Martin Atkins Birth name Martin Clive Atkins Born August 3, 1959 Coventry, England Genres Post-Punk Occupations Drummer / Producer / Record Label Owner / Writer Instruments Drums Associated acts Public Image Ltd.
Martin Clive Atkins (born 3 August 1959, Coventry, England) is an English drummer and session musician, best known for his work in post-punk and industrial groups including Public Image Ltd., Ministry, Pigface, and Killing Joke. Atkins is also an honorary board member of the Chicago based nonprofit organization Rock For Kids.
Atkins' first major exposure as a drummer was with John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd.. He joined in 1979, just in time to contribute to the song "Bad Baby," on the album Metal Box. Atkins' first live show with PiL was recorded and released as a live album Paris Au Printemps and his first year with the band included appearances on The John Peel Sessions for the BBC, American Bandstand and the BBC's live Old Grey Whistle Test.
In 1980, Atkins left Public Image Ltd. to concentrate on his band Brian Brain with Pete Jones (who also played with Public Image Ltd. in 1982 and 1983) on bass (in 1983 replaced by original Go-Gos' bassist Margot Olavarria) and Bobby Surgeoner on guitar (later replaced by Olavarria's husband, Geoff Smyth). Brian Brain released six singles and one LP on Secret Records, and continued to release singles and LPs on Atkins' own Plaid Records throughout the 1980s. The band had had a minor indie chart hit in 1980 with "They've Got Me In The Bottle" (#39), and club hits with the singles "Jive Jive" (1981) and "Funky Zoo" (1982).
Atkins rejoined Public Image Ltd. in 1981 to contribute to Flowers of Romance and, later, produced and co-wrote the album This is What You Want......This Is What You Get. Atkins eventually left PiL for the last time in 1985.
After leaving Public Image Ltd., Atkins revived his Brian Brain project and recorded an EP at Planet Sound Studios in New York for his own, short-lived label Plaid Records, which was released in July 1985. Throughout the late 1980s, the 1990s and early 2000s, Atkins performed with many bands, including Nine Inch Nails (appearing in the video for "Head Like A Hole"), as well as Ministry. The dual-drumming of Atkins and Bill Rieflin is captured on the live Ministry album/video In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up. Atkins later joined Killing Joke, performing on 1990's Extremities, Dirt, and Other Repressed Emotions. He also managed the band for that time, and designed their live show scenery and some merchandise.
Atkins formed his industrial supergroup, Pigface, during a Ministry tour in 1989–1990. Atkins also went on to form Murder, Inc., a new band featuring Geordie Walker, Paul Raven and Chris Connelly, in 1992. During this time, he played with the Revolting Cocks and is credited alongside Chris Vrenna in Nine Inch Nails for performing extra drums on "Wish" and "Gave Up," tracks two and six of the Broken EP (as well as the aforementioned "Head Like A Hole").
In between creating albums and touring with Pigface he also began The Damage Manual, which combined the drum and bass feel of early PiL bass player Jah Wobble with Atkins' signature beats and production. Geordie Walker from Killing Joke and Chris Connelly were also part of the project.
Atkins later produced and released a collaborative album with Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre, the latter's first project outside of Skinny Puppy, under the moniker Rx. The resulting album was entitled Bedside Toxicology.
2006 and onward
In October 2006, Atkins visited Beijing, China in order to discover the emerging Chinese music scene. During his stay, Atkins recorded and signed a handful of Chinese bands to Invisible and recorded material for a new Pigface album.
Atkins is currently teaching his fourth year at Columbia College in Chicago where he instructs the course "The Business of Touring". He is also an active guest lecturer, speaking at such institutions as the University of Southern California, the Midi School in Beijing, China and Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. As announced via interview on the music website Soundsect.com, Atkins plans to take his lecturing further by eventually opening a school of his own.
Atkins has held a number of seminars at Tech Music Schools (Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X and Keyboardtech) in London, with more planned for the future.
Atkins has written what he calls, "the first real book on touring". The book Tour:Smart, featured contributions from Henry Rollins, Cynthia Plastercaster, The Enigma, the Suicide Girls, Zim Zum (formerly of Marilyn Manson), Kevin Lyman, Curse Mackey and various other managers, journalists, venues, agents, sponsors, and radio personalities. He is currently in the studio working on a new album with The Countdown, Pigface's sixth studio album, The Religion of Marketing retrospective gallery show, and various other projects.
Atkins was the feature of the documentary film, Free For All, that focused on Pigface's Free For All tour.
Atkins was on the tenth annual Independent Music Awards judging panel, and was also a judge for the seventh annual season of Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.
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- ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.
- ^ Kim Freeman: “Grass Route” (Billboard, 25 May 1985, page 85)
- ^ Steven Dupler: “Audio Track, New York” (Billboard, 15 June 1985, page 30)
- ^ Fred Goodman: “Album Reviews” (Billboard, 20 July 1985, page 66)
- ^ Independent Music Awards - 7th Annual Judges
- Official Myspace page
- Official Tour:Smart page
- Official Gallery Page
- Martin Atkins Blog
- Soundsect Interview
- The Second Supper Review of the Tour:Smart presentation plus Q&A with Martin Atkins, and review of the book
Ministry Al Jourgensen
Martin Atkins • John Bechdel • Max Brody • Tony Campos • Chris Connelly • Stephen George • Zlatko Hukic • Nivek Ogre • Sin Quirin • Paul Raven • Bill Rieflin • Mike Scaccia • Louis Svitek • William Tucker • Tommy Victor • Rey Washam
Studio albums Live albums Compilations and remixes Singles"Cold Life" · "Work for Love" · "I Wanted to Tell Her" · "Revenge" · "All Day" · "Nature of Love" · "(Every Day Is) Halloween" · "Over the Shoulder" · "Stigmata" · "Flashback" · "Burning Inside" · "Jesus Built My Hotrod" · "N.W.O." · "Just One Fix" · "The Fall" · "Lay Lady Lay" · "Reload" · "Brick Windows" · "Bad Blood" · "What About Us?" · "Piss" · "No W" · "Keys to the City" · "Thunderstruck" Related articlesDiscography • Relapse Tour Related acts Killing Joke Jaz Coleman · Kevin "Geordie" Walker · Martin "Youth" Glover · Paul Ferguson
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Studio albums Extended PlaysTurn to Red · Almost Red · Birds of a Feather (EP) · Jana Live EP · In Excelsis Singles"Nervous System" · "Wardance" · "Change" · "Requiem" · "Follow the Leaders" · "Empire Song" · "Chop-Chop" · "We Have Joy" · "Birds of a Feather" · "Let's All Go (to the Fire Dances)" · "Me or You?" · "Eighties" · "A New Day" · "Love Like Blood" · "Kings and Queens" · "Adorations" · "Sanity" · "America" · "My Love of this Land" · "The Beautiful Dead" · "Money Is Not Our God" · "Change: The Spiral Tribe Mix/The Youth Mixes" · "Exorcism" · "Millennium" · "Pandemonium" · "Jana" · "Democracy" · "Intellect" · "Love Like Blood/Intellect" · "Loose Cannon" · "Seeing Red" · "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell" · "Invocation/Implosion" · "European Super State" Live albums CompilationsAn Incomplete Collection 1980-1985 · Laugh? I Nearly Bought One! · Wilful Days · Alchemy: The Remixes · Wardance: The Remixes · The Unperverted Pantomime · Chaos for Breakfast · For Beginners · Inside Extremities: Mixes, Rehearsals and Live · Bootleg Vinyl Archive Vol. 1 · Bootleg Vinyl Archive Vol. 2 · Rmxd · The Peel Sessions 1979–1981 · Duendes - The Spanish Sessions Related articles Book:Killing Joke Category:Killing Joke Public Image Ltd John Lydon • Lu Edmonds • Bruce Smith • Scott Firth
Keith Levene • Jah Wobble • Jim Walker • Vivian Jackson • David Humphrey • Richard Dudanski • Karl Burns • Martin Atkins • Steve New • Ken Lockie • Pete Jones • John McGeoch • Allan Dias
Studio albums Compilations Live albumsParis au Printemps · Live in Tokyo · AliFE SinglesPublic Image · Death Disco · Memories · Flowers of Romance · This Is Not A Love Song · Bad Life · Rise · Home · Seattle · The Body · Disappointed · Warrior · Don't Ask Me · Cruel · Acid Drops Related articles
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