Martin Rossiter

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Martin Rossiter
Born (1970-05-15) 15 May 1970 (age 48)
Occupation(s) Singer, educator
Instruments Vocals, Keyboards
Years active 1994-present
Associated acts Gene

Martin Rossiter (born 15 May 1970) is a Welsh singer,[1] who is noted for being the lead singer of the British indie band Gene from 1993 until their break-up in 2004.[2] He released a solo album in 2012.[3]


Though Gene were labelled as a Britpop band, Rossiter was never happy being included in the genre saying "It was played out under the dirty shadow of the union flag which I always found quite distasteful. I never had any desire to represent Great Britain. At the time I said that I regarded myself as European rather than British. I’m a Socialist and I’ve always felt very uncomfortable with the idea of nationalism because it can be a very dangerous thing."[4] He recorded four albums with the band over the period 1995 to 2001, and performed live until 2004.[5]

As well as writing and recording as a solo artist, he is also a member of the band Call Me Jolene,[6] who released the 4-track "May" EP in 2013.[7] He lives in Brighton, where he works as a music teacher for BIMM,[8] and artist development officer at Access to Music.[9] He has three children.[10]

In 2011 Rossiter made his solo live debut in Brighton, where he performed new material,[11] which was later released as "Live at the Unitarian Church".[12] His debut solo album The Defenestration of St Martin was released 3 December 2012 on the Drop Anchor Music label.[13] He wrote most of the songs on piano over a five-year period and financed the record through crowd-funding.[14] Rossiter embarked on a UK tour in support of the album.[15] It was followed in 2014 by a live album accompanied by a DVD entitled Live at Bush Hall.[16]


  1. ^ "Martin Rossiter, Wales' Greatest Living Voice - BBC Radio Wales". BBC. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Biography: Gene". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Their Library: Martin Rossiter". Clash Magazine. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  4. ^ Wilde, Jon (24 November 2012). "Gene's Martin Rossiter Interviewed: "Pulp And Blur Can F*ck Off To Butlins"". 
  5. ^ "Martin Rossiter - Music Producer / Writer". Irresponsible Recordings. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Call Me Jolene at The Green Door Store". March 13, 2012. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  7. ^ "May EP, by Call Me Jolene". Call Me Jolene. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  8. ^ Kendall, James (November 2013). "Brighton Source - Martin Rossiter Interview". Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  9. ^ "AD4 Martin Rossiter". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  10. ^ "Martin Rossiter: new single". 4 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Live at The Unitarian Church, by Martin Rossiter". Martin Rossiter. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  12. ^ "Martin Rossiter 'Live At The Unitarian Church, Brighton' - album review". Louder Than War. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  13. ^ David Quantick (2012-11-23). "Martin Rossiter The Defenestration of St. Martin Review". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Kinney, Fergal (20 February 2013). "Martin Rossiter Interview by". Louder Than War. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  15. ^ Burrows, Marc (19 November 2012). ""Record Labels are run by deviants. Moral vacuums in mid-priced suits" - DiS meets Martin Rossiter". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  16. ^ "Martin Rossiter - Live At Bush Hall". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 

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