Martin Wallace is a highly experienced sound engineer and creative technician whose expertise has been sought after by many acclaimed artists, festivals and organisations for over 15 years. Martin has lent his skills to thousands of live music, comedy and theatre events across the world, from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro, and New York to Svalbard!
Martin has worked as a sound engineer, tour manager and technical director on numerous best-selling national and international tours over the last decade, with music artists and bands including UK singer and songwriter Låpsley, Swiss-Tamil artist Priya Ragu and English rock legends Ocean Colour Scene, as well as with comedy stars including Rob Beckett and Dara Ó Briain. Martin has also been an in-demand sound engineer for many high profile corporate events, including the Samsung pavilion at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Martin is a Mancunian born and bred, and closer to home, he has worked on sound design and as a front of house engineer for several acclaimed, cutting edge productions by the renowned biennial Manchester International Festival (MIF), including:
- The original ballet/music collaboration Tree of Codes, choreographed by the Wayne McGregor company and featuring the Paris Opera Ballet, with an original soundtrack composed by Jamie xx. Martin toured the world with this production which was staged in Toronto, New York, Paris and Sydney in addition to its Manchester premiere.
- The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic directed by Bob Wilson, starring Willem Dafoe alongside the celebrated performance artist Marina, and featuring original music from Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons
In addition to his busy live sound career, Martin has always been passionate about recorded sound and the process of making records. He has a longstanding passion for music and is a talented multi-instrumentalist in his own right, being self-taught from a young age on guitar, piano, bass and more. Almost four years ago, Martin and his business partner Dan started work to build their new recording studio and creative space – after a ton of hard work and many challenges, including a global pandemic, Loop Studios is finally open for business!