John Fryer may not be a household name yet, but he should be. Having worked on iconic records such as Depeche Mode’s ‘Speak and Spell’ and Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ Fryer has helped to shape the modern musical landscape. [don’t forget Play Dead – ed.] In his work with Cocteau Twins and other 4AD bands, he pioneered an ethereal pop/rock sound that would influence countless shoegaze bands. Fryer has also helped to bring goth, metal, and industrial music into the mainstream, working with artists like Love and Rockets, Swans, Stabbing Westward, Fields of the Nephilim, White Zombie, Gravity Kills, Cradle of Filth, the aforementioned Nine Inch Nails, and many others.