Martin Rushent (1948-2011) was one of the UK’s finest record producers. Rushent entered the music business in the early 70s as an engineer working on records by T. Rex, David Essex, Fleetwood Mac, Shirley Bassey and Yes amongst others. However it was after punk that he came into his own as a producer working on records by Buzzcocks, Generation X, XTC, 999 and the Stranglers (the notable ‘No More Heroes’ being our personal favorite).
In the early 80's he started his own record label Genetic, which was going to sign the nascent new romantic acts Visage, Ultravox and Spandau Ballet, but problems at their parent record company scuppered that plan. Meanwhile he invested £250,000 in setting up a state of the art recording studio at his Berkshire home. The first fruits were the debut single by ex-Buzzcock Pete Shelley "Homosapien" and subsequent album of the same name, however it was the success of The Human League and their breakthrough 1981 album Dare which cemented his reputation as a producer. He is credited as one of the pioneers of remixing with his cut and paste version of Dare, 1982's Love and Dancing. He produced other acts at the time such as Altered Images and The Go-Go's.
Recently he was active again as a producer with Hazel O'Connor, Human League, Mama Shamone, Killa Kela, Visage, The Pipettes and The Prodigy. His son James Rushent fronts the band Does It Offend Yeah. His single 'Itchy Hips' was released on Tirk in 2008.