INXS and Petrol Records have named Giles Martin as their executive music director across all future projects.
The son of legendary Beatles collaborator Sir George Martin, Giles Martin is an award-winning producer and composer and will oversee all audio aspects of upcoming INXS projects.
These include a documentary, live theatre show and the group’s repackaged, remixed and expanded studio albums, which are set to be released via Universal Music Group (UMG) in partnership with Petrol Records.
Martin first encountered INXS in 1994 while working on The Great Music Experience live show in Japan. He commented: “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.”
Petrol Records chairman & 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.”
Andrew Daw, SVP, global marketing, Universal Music Group added: “We are delighted to welcome Giles Martin into our global partnership with INXS in this unique role. Expanding on INXS’ legacy, these projects will capture the imagination of those who were there from the beginning and open the INXS world up to new fans globally while cementing the band’s important musical legacy.”
Over 24 years since meeting INXS, Martin has worked on the band’s Greatest Hitscompilation and subsequent projects.
Their most recent collaboration saw him mixing their 1987 album Kickin Dolby Atmos with Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios for the record’s 30th anniversary UMG reissue in 2017. Kick has sold over six million copies worldwide.
INXS (pictured above L-R: Andrew Farriss, Garry Gary Beers, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly) formed in 1977 and have sold over 50 million records worldwide.