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Martin Noakes

For most of my adult life, I have been fortunate enough to earn a living out of something that I love - music. Writing and producing songs, as well as radio & TV commercials.

In 1985 I worked with UK chart band ‘Red Box’ playing keyboards and backing vocals. I appeared with them on a number of TV shows including Top of the Pops.

In 1988 along with Johnny Lovemuscle, I wrote and produced a dance track in my 8 track (tape) studio. The track was called Shake! (How About A Sampling Gene?) by Gene & Jim are into Shakes. It started to get airplay on Radio 1 and ended up with us being managed Pete Waterman (of PWL fame). The track became very well known in Ibiza that summer, and was a minor hit in the UK.

In 1990 Simon Cowell took a song off of us for a boy band called Yell. The song was called - Nothing Comes for Nothing. It was produced by Pete Hammond an amazing mix engineer. Hammond mixed some of the biggest hits for SAW (Stock Aitken & Waterman). Simon reserved the song in writing and stated that it would be the bands 1st single. This didn't materialise as Pete Waterman had other ideas. This is all documented in Pete Hammonds excellent autobiography - Get down here quick and mix yourself a hit!

From the summer of 2013 I spent two days a week up in Wembley as a volunteer, helping to set up TPV (The People's Voice), which was a brilliant idea made possible by fund raising platform indiegogo. I wrote a few theme tunes for them and was very excited at the prospect of uncensored television programs. While it was on, it did indeed produce some incredible shows that disseminated amazing information (much of it still available on YouTube). However, it only lasted until March 2014 and my personal belief is that some of the core people (not David Icke), were there to make sure that it didn't survive very long.

In 2015 I received an e-mail from an independent Romanian film company asking if they could use a music video I made in a film. I was happy to let them use it as long as I retained all of the rights to both the song and the video. A small agreement was drafted and signed, and I didn't think much more about it. In April 2016, I found out that the film Sieranevada - Cristi Puiu was actually in the main competition at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The song was 9/11 Building 7, which had already been used over the credits in the successful documentary 9/11 Ripple Effect (which can be seen online). My wife and I then received an unexpected invite to attend the premier at Cannes and join the cast and crew on the Red Carpet. It was a surreal couple of days, but great fun.

As of August 2016, I'm currently in the process of trying to achieve a chart position with my Trial of Tony Blair song, with all of the download proceeds going to the families that are currently trying to prosecute Blair privately for war crimes.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this album and hope that it inspires you to embark on your own research into some of the topics covered.

Martin Noakes

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