Martyn Ware (Human League/Heaven 17): " The members
of Cabaret Voltaire were very generous people in terms
of their time and encouragement for other people around
them. They were the godfathers of that scene and encouraged
creativity in everybody around them."
Voltaire was initially a three-piece band, Richard Kirk,
Chris Watson and Stephen Mallinder. Influenced by Neu,
Kraftwek and Can, they started out in Chris Watson's
parents' attic in 1973 experimenting with recorded sounds
and manipulating them using basic reel to reel recorders.
They would do public performances in the city centre
just to provoke a reaction and started doing the occasional
gig in Sheffield around 1975. Their gigs were known
to provoke and shock and were seen by many future musicians
in Sheffield, influencing them to go and start bands
Local bands like They Must Be Russians recorded in their
Western Works studio.Their electronic and experimental
music has been very influential on many musicians all
over the world.