INXS Team With Giles Martin For Future Projects

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Legendary Australian classic rock band INXS and Petrol Records have named music producer, composer and arranger, Giles Martin, as their Executive Music Director across a variety of future projects.

The award-winning producer and composer will have a creative overview on all audio aspects of upcoming INXS developments, including the upcoming documentary telling the untold story of the band, the reimagining of the INXS catalog through, what the announcement describes as “a dynamic and entirely unique live theatre show” and their forthcoming repackaged, remixed and expanded studio albums, to be released via Universal Music Group in partnership with Petrol Records.

Martin first met INXS in 1994 when working on a concert starring Japanese and international musicians staged at the eighth century Buddhist temple of Tōdai-ji, in Nara, Japan. The chance meeting was the starting point for almost 25 years of friendship and a musical bond that led to Martin working on the band’s greatest hits compilation and subsequent projects.

Martin’s most recent collaboration with INXS saw him mixing their classic, multi-platinum album Kick in Dolby Atmos with Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios for the recording’s 30th anniversary reissue in 2017 via UMG. With four big singles including “Need You Tonight,” “New Sensation,” “Never Tear Us Apart” and “Devil Inside,” Kick has sold over six million copies worldwide since its 1987 release.

Related: Our feature on the success of Kick

Giles Martin at London’s Abbey Road Studios, 2016 (Photo: Greg Brodsky)

Martin said: “Having worked across several phenomenal INXS releases over the years, I am thrilled to be extending our musical relationship. INXS are one of the most important rock bands in history, I am honoured to be collaborating with them again and look forward to contributing to the spectacular experiences the band are creating for their fans.”

Martin famously reunited with his father, Sir George Martin, in 2004 to work on the soundtrack for “Love,” The Beatles-Cirque du Soleil show that opened in Las Vegas in June 2006. Earning Martin a Grammy Award, the critically acclaimed show and soundtrack album went on to break box office and sales records.

Martin has since overseen the reissues of several Beatles recordings including 2017’s well-received 50th anniversary release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Petrol Records Chairman and CEO, Chris Murphy, said: “Giles Martin’s track record speaks for itself. We need to ensure INXS’ incredible music and extraordinary story is heard by and told to future generations and as such, we want the best eyes and ears partnering with us across all our innovative and exciting upcoming projects. Giles is a dear friend of the band and someone we can trust unquestionably to deliver outstanding creative input and a rare musical perspective.”

Originally formed in 1977, INXS’ career spans 40+ years, during which they have sold over 50 million records worldwide, including No. 1 albums in four different continents.

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