INXS, Giles Martin Team up For Future Music Projects

INXS, 1987
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Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly, Andrew Farriss, Garry Gary Beers, Tim Farriss, and Jon Farriss of INXS in 1987.

With a raft of new music campaigns taking shape, iconic Aussie alternative rock outfit INXS has tapped Giles Martin to take creative duties as executive music director.

Martin, the British-born music producer, composer and arranger, is the son of the late, great Beatles producer George Martin, who passed away in March 2016. The father-and-son team worked the desk on a handful of projects, most notably the soundtrack for the Beatles-Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, Love, which won a pair of Grammys in 2008. 

In his new role with INXS, Martin will have creative reins on all audio aspects of the new wave outfit’s plans, which include musicals and movies and the reissue of their studio albums, which will be repackaged, remixed and expanded for release through Universal Music Group (UMG) in partnership with Petrol Records.

Martin first met INXS in 1994 and, in recent years, that friendship has evolved into a business relationship, with Martin working across several INXS releases, including a greatest hits compilation and a Dolby Atmos mix of the classic Kick album for its 30th anniversary reissue in 2017.

In a statement announcing the extending of their musical relationship, Martin notes, “INXS are one of the most important rock bands in history, I am honored to be collaborating with them again and look forward to contributing to the spectacular experiences the band are creating for their fans.”

Adds Petrol Records chairman & CEO Chris Murphy: “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.”

The INXS projects on the slate, explains Andrew Daw, senior VP, global marketing, Universal Music Group, 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.”

Formed in Perth in 1977, INXS scaled the summit of the rock mountain with six U.K. Top 10 albums and five U.S. Top 20 albums, a BRIT Award (in 1991 for best international group) and, in 2001, elevation into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The band's journey was tragically derailed by the 1997 death of lead singer Michael Hutchence, at the age of just 37, though the surviving members have reunited on various occasions with replacement singers.

The band has 18 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including seven top 10s and a No. 1 with "Need You Tonight," from 1988. INXS also graced the Billboard 200 on 14 occasions, led by Kick, which peaked at No. 3 and remained on the tally for 81 weeks. To date, they’ve sold more than 50 million records worldwide, according to Petrol.