Ian Masters (songwriter)
January 4, 1964 |
Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England
|Genres||Shoegazing, dream pop, indie pop, experimental rock|
|Labels||4AD, Guernica, Friendly Science Enregisterments|
|Associated acts||Pale Saints, Spoonfed Hybrid, ESP Summer, Friendly Science Orchestra, Sore & Steal, Oneironaut, Wing Disk|
He is best known for being a founding member of the English indie pop band Pale Saints. Masters was their vocalist/bassist from their formation in 1987 until his departure from the group in 1992. Since then, he has gone on to perform in other notable groups including Spoonfed Hybrid, ESP Summer, and Friendly Science Orchestra.
During Masters' tenure with the Pale Saints, the group released The Comforts of Madness and In Ribbons as well as several EPs. The recordings displayed a mix of Masters' choirboy-like vocals along with dark atmospheric and noisy pop tunes. Masters, who wasn't interested in touring, left the group to pursue music of a more experimental nature.
In the fall of 1998, he released the Miniature Album 7" as Friendly Science Orchestra, which became an NME 'Single of the Week'. Under this moniker, Masters covered "Because of You" on Sing a Song for You: Tribute to Tim Buckley, which was released on Manifesto Records in 2000.
In 2000, Masters teamed up with The Montgolfier Brothers' songwriter Mark Tranmer to form Wing Disk. Their first EP, Time is running out, which was recorded between Manchester, London, and Osaka saw release in 2002.
Since 2005, Masters has been living in Japan. In 2007, Masters co-wrote, sang, played the saw and kaospad on the song "Silver Kiss" on Luminous Orange's Sakura Swirl LP.
In 2008, Masters contributed vocals to a song "Hoko Onchi" on digitally-released Mid/Air by Dive Index, a musical project originated by composer/producer Will Thomas.
In 2009, his project (with David Rothon) Sore & Steal released their debut album. Masters is credited with saw and effects.