Name; Martin Rossiter
Shoe size; 10
Biog and credits; Singer and Songwriter with Gene 1993 – 2004
There is a category of producer whose pedigree is based on the premise and experiences of having simply been there and done it as an artist. In Martin’s case that is exactly what he brings to the arena of production and with over a million Gene records sold world wide, sold out Albert Hall shows and Reading festival headline slots, who’s to argue.
As a producer, Martin’s strengths are undoubtedly within the understanding of what makes a good song tick; the arrangement, structure of melody and a devotion to lyrics that can be evidenced in his own output and his uncanny ability to make hard men cry.
Having recorded 4 albums with Gene and with a succession of high profile producers, Martin has seen both the best and worst of artist/producer relationships and has learnt through experience how vital it is to have the right person at the helm. He’s also experienced the pressure of being a major label artist with the politics and sometimes unnecessarily profligate spending on the recording process. In short then, he HAS been there and done it but more importantly, through that process he has learnt what it takes to do the job of producer well. We think he has all the attributes needed and are happy to welcome him aboard the roster.
We should also add that he is still there and doing it, both as a solo artist with the release of his album of breathtaking beauty “The defenestration of
St Martin” and as player and songwriter with Call Me Jolene.
Martin has an equal devotion to both Cardiff City FC and expensive quality lager.
Is there an aspect of producing a record that you enjoy more than anything else?
FOR ME, THE MOMENT AT THE END OF PRE-PRODUCTION, WHEN ALL THE HARD WORK HAS BEEN DONE AND YOU REALISE THAT ALL YOU NEED IS PEOPLE TO PLAY WELL AND THE RIGHT BUTTONS TO BE PUSHED IN THE STUDIO FOR A GREAT RECORDING TO BE MADE.
Do you have a preferred studio and if so what makes it special for you?
THE STUDIO HAS TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF BOTH ARTIST AND PRODUCER, SO NO – BUT SOMEWHERE WITH UNLIMITED GINGER BISCUITS COULD SWING IT.
One for the geeks, Is there a piece of equipment or perhaps an instrument that you couldn’t do without?
IT’S ESSENTIAL TO HAVE A KEYBOARD OF SOME SORT KNOCKING ABOUT FOR ANY LAST MINUTE ARRANGEMENT TWEAKS. ALSO, I HAVE A KALIMBA, WHICH I LOVE TO RUN THROUGH A CHEAP DISTORTION PEDAL TO REPLICATE THE SOUND OF ANGELS SOBBING.
What, for you, is the vital ingredient that makes a record special?
IF THERE WAS AN EASY ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION, EVERYONE WOULD MAKE SPECIAL RECORDS.
If you had to have a lyrical line from a song tattooed on your neck, what would it be?
RIDICULE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF.