Minute Taker is the pseudonym of UK alternative singer-songwriter & producer Ben McGarvey. Inspired by imaginative artists such as Kate Bush, Tori Amos, David Bowie & Björk, he uses layers of emotive vocals, haunting piano motifs, distorted electronic beats & deep, dark synths to create what NOTION describes as “beautiful, electronic-orientated pop songs”, perfect for disappearing into.
With 2 critically acclaimed albums under his belt; TOO BUSY FRAMING (2008) & LAST THINGS (2013) plus mini-album RECONSTRUCTION (2017), Minute Taker has recently found himself remixing songs for other artists, the first being Yazoo's WINTER KILLS which was released by Mute/BMG as part of the band's 4 PIECES collection in October 2018.
Minute Taker also composes soundtracks for theatre, including HOAX, a dark musical based on the true story of a young man living with schizophrenia (UK tour, 2017) & song cycle TO LOVE SOMEBODY MELANCHOLY, an audio-visual collaboration with animator Ana Stefaniak exploring the relationship between creativity & depression (UK tour, 2017).
Minute Taker is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album WOLF HOURS, which also forms the soundtrack to his latest audiovisual show, a surreal, nocturnal journey into the psyches of gay men at different points in time. WOLF HOURS, the show, premiered at Waterside’s REFRACT:19 festival in Manchester this July & will be coming to London in November.
Minute Taker also has a series of albums called SECRET SONGS featuring unreleased material, available exclusively for fans as part of a subscription plan. VOLUME 3, his first covers album, was released in December 2018, featuring very different interpretations of songs by artists such as Pet Shop Boys, Eurythmics, The Smiths & Madonna.