Martin “Youth” Glover, known by many as the bassist and founding member of the inﬂuential Post-Punk band Killing Joke, is also known as one of the world’s top record producers.
Norman B Skype-interviewed Glover at his home and studio in Spain.
Martin, over the years you’ve worked as a musician and producer, with a list that goes from Killing Joke to Primal Scream to Paul McCartney to The Orb, and on and on. You’ve been involved in all kinds of things, musically. What I’d like to know is, where does Martin Glover see music going? Are you encouraged for the future of music?
Martin Glover: I’m always encouraged by music. Sometimes you have doubts and delusions and you go off the path a bit. I’ve learned that if you give music what she requires, which is a lot of devotion, she kind of rewards you in lots of different ways. I’ve devoted the last 35 years to being creative and working with artists, helping them realize their visions and ideas.
But you know, its cyclical, you’re touching eternity when you’re getting into music. The form of vibration, the frequency. I’ve always been a bit of an outsider, I’ve seen the cycles, you know I think it may be like the early 60’s, even though I was a wee baby then, I’ve seen the changes over the years. We’ve had a recession, that affected the music business.
I saw it coming. About 15 or so years ago, I thought we’ve got to change the way we work. This isn’t sustainable. With the advent of the internet, people could not afford to spend the money that they spent in the 80’s to 90’s on making records. So, I changed the way I worked and, luckily I embraced the technology that was emerging at the time. Which of course did make things a lot faster and a lot more accessible and that enabled me to, you know, get up to steam and pick up the slack, so to speak.
Because, now we don’t have to rent big expensive studios, I can do most of the records at home. Having said that, I’m sitting in my studio in Spain, where I have built a state-of-the-art studio….