NUMAN WEEK: Mojo Fury on the influence of Gary Numan
Belfasts's finest exports Mojo Fury discuss the influence of your man Gary Numan. Photo: Ed Fielding
What do you think is that's unique or unusual about Gary Numan's music?
I think the sounds he uses, the edgy, moody melodies and his well pronounced and very English singing voice gives him his unique style. You know a Numan track when you hear it - and that's something all artists strive for but few achieve.
Is there a particular track that has inspired you?
I was familiar with the NIN cover of 'Metal', but when I heard Numan's original after that I fell in love even more with the track. I love the pounding drums and rhythm of the bass.
Which albums do you feel have been particularly influential?
The Pleasure Principle and The Fury - of course!
Why do you think Numan has ''crossed'' generations so that he's arguably a bigger icon in 2012 than he was in 1980?
Certain tracks have stood the test of time, but also you can see and hear that so many artists have been inspired by a sound started by Numan - and what's more, people know where it came from too.
Do you think it's the darker, atmospheric side of his music that still gives him a credible, underground appeal in 2012?
Yeah, the non-conformist attitude gives him credibility - but his desire to experiment while maintaining his identity is appealing to both his fans and to other artists.