When legendary Soft Cell founder Marc Almond picked up the coveted Inspiration Award at The Ivors earlier this month we jumped at the chance to chat to him about his career so far and the early days of British electronic music.
Together as Soft Cell, Marc Almond and Dave Ball spawned a string of genre-busting hits during the early eighties, melding new drum machine and sampling technology with solid pop nous. Hits including Tainted Love, Bedsitter, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye and Memorabilia regularly kept them in the top 10 during the period.
Since the influential duo parted ways in 1984, Marc has gone to build a diverse and successful solo career spanning more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums. Most recently he performed the song cycle Ten Plagues, by Mark Ravenhill and Conor Mitchell, at Wilton’s Music Hall over three weeks in May.
Below, we speak to Marc about the art of storytelling, the birth of acid house and current electronic music scene.