The industrial drummer Martin Atkins was born in Coventry, England on August 3, 1959.
His first exposure as a drummer was with John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd., which he left on unpleasant terms. He formed his industrial supergroup, Pigface, immediately afterwards, out of frustration with the way P.I.L. was handled and a desire to make collaboration easier on artists.
Over the next decade, he performed with many bands, the bigger names including Ministry (band), Killing Joke (with whom he formed Murder Inc. in 1992), and Nine Inch Nails. He later worked on a very well-received project called The Damage Manual with Chris Connelly, Jah Wobble, and Geordie from Killing Joke.
Atkins released a collaborative album with Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre under the moniker Rx, the resulting album was entitled Bedside Toxicology . However, his dedication to his label Invisible Records, and his highly acclaimed drumming work with his collaborative group Pigface has prevented him from pursuing it further.