Martin Rushent

Producer Martin Rushent has died on 4 June 2011 aged 63.

Rushent was reknowned for his work with The Human League – he won the Best British Producer in 1982 for the band’s Dare album.

The producer was also responsible for United Artists signing The Stranglers, Rushent produced the group’s first three albums: Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White albums.

After a series of dead-end jobs, Rushent became employed by Advision Studios and quickly worked his way to a senior position, working on sessions by Fleetwood Mac,T-Rex, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Petula Clark, Jerry Lee Lewis and Osibisa.

After a spell as a freelancer, Rushent was employed by United Artists, recording sessions by Shirley Bassey, The Buzzcocks and The Stranglers. Desiring to move away from guitar-oriented bands, Rushent left United Artists and set up his own studio. After hearing some demos that Rushent had recorded for Pete Shelley, Simon Draper at Virgin Records commissioned him to produce The Human League’s 1981 album, Dare.

After a long break from the music industry, Rushent started up again in the mid 1990s, producing sessions by The Pipettes, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Killa Kela and Hazel O’Connor.