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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 Sarah B 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 this was followed up in 2023 with another dark ambient album called Trees.  Between 2015 and 2020 NoW performed throughout the UK and Germany.

 

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, Leaether Strip, Massive Ego and Fuzzbox being among the established artists for whom Gary has created remixes. 

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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!

Notable events/milestones

  • First ever song 'Negative Resolutions' written by Gary & Andrew in 1986

  • Gary & Andrew perform at BBC Introducing event in December 2015

  • Cyber Rendezvous album with CountessM released in 2016 on AnalogueTrash

  • Nominated in Best Electro Act category by Radio Wigwam 2017

  • Performed at Beat:Cancer events 2016-2019 in Manchester, Leeds, Reading & London

  • Part of the 2018 Ohm from Ohm tour with The Frixion, Vieon and Rodney Cromwell

  • Notable acts supported include Aesthetic Perfection, Leaether Strip, Empathy Test, Cyferdyne & Toyah

  • Reborn EP with Lady bNOW released in 2019 on German label Echozone
  • Performed on BBC Introducing Stage at Lakefest 2019

  • Modus album released in 2019 on AnalogueTrash (Electricity Club album of the year!)

  • Gary, Lady bNOW & Tim played first Nature of Wires gigs in Germany 2019

  • Played at O2 Islington as support for Empathy Test 2019

  • Runners up in Radio Wigwam Best Collaboration of 2020 category with Stephen Newton

  • Reached Number 6 in the German Alternative Charts with The Masquerade ft Stephen Newton

  • Artist of the Week on BBC Music Introducing in Hereford & Worcester w/c 26-4-2021

  • Number 1 in German Alternative Charts for 4 weeks May/Jun 21 with Leaether Strip collaboration

  • Out of my System album released in November 2021, with Lady bNOW on vocals

  • Number 2 in German Alternative Charts with remix of Dreams by Platronic March 2022

  • Building Reflections album released in March 2022, featuring Madil Hardis on two of the tracks

  • No Need, the first genuinely new song to be created by Andrew & Gary since 1993, released September 2022

  • Trees album released April 2023, featuring Madil Hardis and Annie from Machina X on two of the tracks

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