Always Going His Own Way: Martin Archer

Seemingly suddenly cognizant that British multi-instrumentalist Martin Archer is part of many other bands as well as working in a duo with singer Julie Tippets, author Debbie Burke sets out to find out more about him. Although her questions to the saxophonist and Discus label owner are only a step above the wide-eyed, we learn that Archer is mostly self-taught,  and came to improvised music after being influenced by records by the Soft Machine, Miles Davis, East Of Eden, Charles Mingus and Henry Cow. He started his own label, Archer explains, because he felt his music was “too unpredictable and left-field” for major imprints.  Today his bands include musicians like drummer Peter Fairclough, saxophonist/laptopist Herve Perez, pianist Laura Cole and trumpeter Kim Macari. Archer  says that from the beginning “I learned that being a good player didn’t count for anything unless you had ideas as well,”  and now feels that his ideas have allowed him to put his own spin on creative music.