Multi talented drummer, producer, author and entrepreneur Martin Atkins who hails from Coventry, England, has called Chicago home for many years. Atkins first major exposure was in 1979 with John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd. By 1980 he left PiL to concentrate on his own band Brian Brain. Martin rejoined PiL in 1981, then eventually he left PiL for the last time in 1985. Throughout the 1980’s, 1990’s and the early 2000’s, Atkins performed with many bands, including Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Killing Joke. Atkins formed the Industrial supergroup, Pigface, he also went on to form Murder Inc. During this period he played with the Revolting Cocks. In between creating albums and touring with Pigface he began The Damage Manual. Atkins has taught at Columbia College in Chicago and is an active guest lecturer speaking at such institutions as the University of Southern California, the Midi School in Beijing, China and Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. Atkins has since become an instructor at the Madison Media Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. Atkins has held a number of seminars at Tech Music Schools (Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X and Keyboardtech) in London, with more planned for the future. Atkins has held a number of seminars at Tech Music Schools (Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X and Keyboardtech) in London, with more planned for the future. Atkins has written what he calls, “the first real book on touring”.
The book Tour:Smart, featured contributions from Henry Rollins, Cynthia Plastercaster, The Enigma, the Suicide Girls, Zim Zum(formerly of Marilyn Manson), Kevin Lyman, Curse Mackey and various other managers, journalists, venues, agents, sponsors, and radio personalities.