about

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Gary Watts has been making music since 1986 and is one of the founding members of dark synthpop act Nature of Wires, which regularly played live in the UK between 1986 and 1994, during which time Gary wrote a number of songs with fellow founding member and best friend Andrew Stirling-Brown.  After a 20 year hiatus and inspired by the music of Deviant UK (for whom Gary has performed) and Cyferdyne, Gary started writing music again.

 

In 2015 Gary teamed up with California's CountessM and together they released the Cyber Rendezvous album on Manchester's AnalogueTrash label in 2016.  Gary was also reworking songs from the 80s/90s during this time and in August 2019 the Modus album was released, also on AnalogueTrash, with Andrew back on vocal duties.  In 2019 the Reborn EP was written and released on German label Echozone, with dance vocalist Sarah Bouchier (aka Lady bNOW) and in 2021 Gary & Sarah released the cathartic Out of My System album.  In 2022 Gary released the dark ambient album Building Reflections, with renowned soprano Madil Hardis featuring on a couple of tracks and there are plan to release another dark ambient album in 2023.

 

Gary is probably as well known for his remixes and collaborations (over 120) as he is for his original work with NoW, with Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic and Fuzzbox being among the established artists for whom Gary has remixed.  In 2019 Gary met legendary punk producer Mike Bennett at a gig in Salford and the pair continue to work together today on audio and visuals for Wishbone Ash, Melanie Williams (Sub Sub/Hacienda Classical), Maggie K de Monde (Scarlet Fantastic) and Peter Hook (New Order) to name but a few.

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Andrew Stirling-Brown is the other founding member of the band which became Nature of Wires, after Gary asked him if he wanted to form a band (to which Andrew initially replied No).  Andrew was always very good at poetry at school and was a member of the school choir, so he seemed an obvious choice.

During NoW's 20 year hiatus, Andrew continued to sing all over the UK for various club & tribute bands.  His influences are very different to Gary's, which makes for an interesting and unique combination of songwriting skills.

When not writing & singing Andrew makes reproduction medieval armour and is a keen  (and quite successful) author.

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A long-time friend of Gary & Andrew, Tim Powell-Tuck made his first appearance for NoW at the 2016 Beat:Cancer event in Manchester.  Tim's introduction as live electronic drummer added an extra layer of punch to an already muscular sound.  Tim has been drumming since the 80's, most notably for Famous Names and it was at one of their band practices that Gary first met Tim.

Along with Gary & Sarah, Tim played at NoW's first German shows, in Berlin & Leipzig, in the autumn of 2019.

As well as for being an excellent drummer, Tim's infectious humour and quick wit makes him a very valuable member of the Nature of Wires team.  When not drumming Tim works in a chocolate factory.  There are worse jobs in the World!

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