Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)


You think it’s easy to play bass with capes, drapes, nipped-in waists, high-collars, lace, and billowing frocks?


As bassist for the UK hit-making New Romantic movement ensemble Spandau Ballet, Martin John Kemp mastered his instrument in a matter of months and has anchored the Islington ensemble throughout its entire on-and-off career since 1980.


With a crisp tone abetted with flange, chorus, and delay that slices through Spandau’s hooky synth laden compositions, Kemp is an under-rated groove master who references soul, old school rhythm & blues, and funk. Martin is also an accomplished actor and director, appearing such programs as BBC East Enders, among numerous other roles.


Millions also know him as the co-host of the immensely popular podcast Rockonteurs with fellow bassist extraordinaire Guy Pratt. 


Martin Kemp Sound & Vision with Spandau Ballet (a moniker suggested by writer Robert Elms who saw it scrawled across a wall in downtown Berlin…)  


“Only When You Leave” from Live Aid ‘85


“Through the Barricades”