Digital Campfire presents ‘Big Boost Mondays’ – Martyn Ware – Reproduction & Travelogue

Martyn Ware, Founder of Heaven 17 & The Human League joined us for a very special Big Boost Mondays – our first ever Digital Campfire! Martyn shared fascinating stories from his illustrious career, informing us with invaluable industry insight – joined by an online audience of over 200 electronic synth music fans. During the live talk, Martyn guided us through 5 tracks from The Human League’s ‘Reproduction’ and ‘Travelogue’ albums as we delved through the photography and video archives.

Don’t worry if you missed it, we’ve put together all the material and content from the discussion, along with real audience responses and questions. Explore this page to follow the journey of one of the U.K’s most prominent figures in synth music!


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Campfire // Martyn Ware Podcast

Listen to Radio ditto’s Part 1 of ‘Campfire // Martyn Ware’ podcast. In this episode, had an honest chat with Martyn about his journey from humble beginnings in Sheffield, dropping out of school to help support his family, and how his downtime between working night shifts gave him the opportunity to experiment with electronic music – creating the track ‘Being Boiled’ which sold 5000 copies by word of mouth and gained airtime from John Peel, attracting the attention of Virgin Records and EMI. We asked how Martyn dealt with the transition of art to business and what happens to creativity when commercials come into play. Martyn also shares how he wrote, recorded and produced The Human League’s first two albums ‘Travelogue’ and ‘Reproduction’, along with tensions that arise within a creative enterprise, and how to bounce back with vigour.

Martyn Ware

Mike Wilson