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Issue 86 - Forever young

Whisky Magazine Issue 86
February 2010

 

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Forever young

Armed with a bottle of Lagavulin 16 years Old and a bag of records, Neil J. Ridley caught up with influential music producer Youth to discuss a cyclical life, recording bands in the nude and why he's finally discovered Jazz at the age of 48.

Renowned for his ‘vibesmanship' in the recording studio, Martin Glover, AKA Youth, has lived a hugely varied yet uncompromising career. As bass player and one of the founding members of seminal ‘70s rockers Killing Joke, he pioneered a sound which, would go on to heavily influence the likes of Nirvana and Metallica. As a record producer he has worked his magic with countless multiplatinum artists including Primal Scream, The Verve and Crowded House, as well as recently completing his third collaborative ‘Fireman' project with Sir Paul McCartney.

With a CV that charts a dazzling array of successful bands from the last 20 years, it's hard not to feel slightly intimidated when meeting the man responsible for a large proportion of your record collection. Highly revered in the music business for his irrepressible work rate and insatiable appetite for discovering new music, I wonder how Youth actually manages to find any time at all for just…being himself.

The first thing I learn as I arrive at his impressively gothic-looking Wandsworth home is that he has just become an honorary Professor at Kingston University – does yet another career path beckon? “Well, not quite”, he laughs, “but it's great that I get to work with a load of up-andcoming engineers and musicians.” “They've also got a great studio space there, which I've got the run of, so it's perfect for working on brand new projects.” This is the first indication that Youth is a man driven by constant d...

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