Full Name: Martin Charles Rushent

Description: Record producer, arranger
Known For: Associated acts – The Human League, The Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Fleetwood Mac

Instruments: Synthesizer, vocals

Location: United Kingdom

Date Born: 11th July 1948
Location Born: Enfield, United Kingdom

Date Died: 4th June 2011
Location Died: United Kingdom

Memorial: 11 July 1948 – 4 June 2011)
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Martin Rushent

Martin Rushent (11 July 1948 – 4 June 2011) was an English record producer, best known for his work with The Human League, The Stranglers and Buzzcocks

Rushent’s first experience in a recording studio was at EMI House in London’s Manchester Square, when his school band (of which he was the lead singer) had the opportunity to record a demo.

Rushent’s first experience in a recording studio was at EMI House in London’s Manchester Square, when his school band (of which he was the lead singer) had the opportunity to record a demo.[5] After leaving school, Rushent, who had already experimented with his father’s 4-track recorder, worked at a chemical factory before working for his father while applying for studio jobs. After numerous rejections, Rushent was employed by Advision Studios as a 35mm film projectionist. After approximately three months, Rushent began working in the audio department as a tape operator alongside Tony Visconti. He worked on sessions for Fleetwood Mac, T-Rex, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Petula Clark, Jerry Lee Lewis and Osibisa. Rushent stated that while at Advision, Jerry Lee Lewis threw a tantrum as Yes had been booked into the studio when he was not ready to leave, and chased the studio staff around the complex until they locked themselves in a different studio.

Rushent progressed to senior assistant engineer, staff engineer, and eventually head engineer. He then began working freelance, where he built his reputation and was employed by United Artists (UA). While with UA, Rushent recorded sessions alongside Martin Davies, recording artists such as Shirley Bassey and Buzzcocks, as well as convincing the company to sign The Stranglers provided that he produced the band’s material. Rushent produced the group’s Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White albums and recorded demos for Joy Division, before tiring of his commute to London and leaving UA at the end of the 1970s

Rushent expressed a desire to move away from guitar bands, and bought a Linn LM-1 drum machine, Roland MC-8 Microcomposer and Jupiter-8 synthesiser to learn sequencing and synthesis techniques. Rushent set up his own studio, Genetic, with Synclavier and Fairlight CMI synthesisers and an MCI console. He spent £35,000 on air conditioning alone, and had a Mitsubishi Electric digital recorder costing £75,000.

Rushent used his Roland equipment to record Pete Shelley’s first solo album, Homosapien. Originally demos for the planned fourth Buzzcocks album, Shelley and Rushent deemed the recordings releasable, and Shelley was signed to Island Records. They were heard by Simon Draper of Virgin Records, who asked Rushent to produce The Human League. Rushent’s work on the group’s 1981 album Dare earned him a BRIT Award in 1982 for Best British producer.

Rushent’s production on Dare frustrated the group’s guitarist Jo Callis, as the only guitar on the album was used to trigger a gate on the synthesiser. Singer Susanne Sulley was also frustrated by the lengthy process of Rushent’s synth programming. In 1983, Rushent walked out of his own studio after Sulley made an off-the-cuff comment toward him. Also in the 1980s, Rushent worked with XTC, Generation X, Altered Images and The Go-Go’s.

Rushent decided to take a break from production in 1984, and sold his assets – including Genetic Studios. He briefly took up a consultancy position with Virgin, but retired from the industry to raise his children.

Personal life
In 1972, Rushent married Linda Trodd, with whom he had three children – sons James and Tim and daughter Joanne. They separated in the 1980s, and Rushent later married Ceri Davis, with whom he had a daughter named Amy. Rushent lived with Ceri and Amy in the Berkshire village of Upper Basildon. Rushent’s son James is the lead singer for the dance-punk band Does It Offend You, Yeah?. Rushent died on 4 June 2011.