Posts Tagged ‘Diane Poncher


5/23/2013 – Photo Blog

Hi everybody!  Well, I haven’t done a blog for a long time, so I thought I’d share with you some recent photos and the stories behind them.

No.1 – Say hello to Bo and Peep!  Two wonderful paper mache “owls” that I bid for after Christmas time at the Anthropology shop at The Grove in L.A.  Anthropology opened bidding on these wonderful creatures (initially created for store displays by their infinitely clever creative department) after their Xmas decorations were set to be broken down to make way for new displays.  The money from the auction was to go to the Wildlife Rescue Fund and the fund set up for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.  I’m glad to say that I won the bid, and Bo and Peep will be featured hanging from the ceiling …. I mean FLYING in my new home-studio annex – “The Owl’s Nest”.  The photo features Bo and Peep in flight, “carrying” me and my manager, Diane Poncher, after claiming our new companions to take them to their new home!!



No.2 – This is the internet radio reunion of Q-Feel at an 80’s-based Audio Nowcast podcast.  Pictured are Brian Fairweather and myself and Diane Poncher (who also managed & looked-after Q-Feel during the 80’s).  It was wonderful for the three of us to be back together in the same room again.  Reliving some of those days on the podcast with Brian was a joy … we never stopped laughing!!



No.3 – Here I am with great friend Jack Hues (of Wang Chung fame), and yes, I think you can tell we had a damn good giggle together.  I think Jack is telling me to get more of a suntan!!  By the way, check out Wang Chung’s recent album, “TAZOR UP!”.



No.4 – It was a privilege to meet the iconic producer and engineer, Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie) when we were both guests on Mike Rodriguez’s Audio Nowcast podcast.  Listening to his studio stories was both inspiring and motivating … and the man has a damn good English sense of humor – always a big plus in my book!


No.5 – Finally, here I am at the recent ASCAP Pop Awards with good friends Pete Leinheiser (of Gibson Guitars) and Ritch Esra (co-founder of the Music Registry series of directories – the music business “bible”).  I had a great time catching up with many special friends from the industry, and Paul Williams (legendary songwriter and current President of ASCAP) gave a rousing and poignant opening speech to start off the proceedings, advocating “the good fight” that needs to be fought and supported for the rights of all songwriters in this digital revolution of streaming, pirating and a general lack of reverence today for the songwriter’s art and rights.  A good evening was had by all.


In closing, I just want to thank you all for your constant support of my work and your encouragement.  You guys are part of my (musical) family, and you keep me focused on always trying to write, record and perform the best music I can.


See you soon.



– Martin


2/5/2010 – Support System – Diane Poncher

I thought I’d take the opportunity of this blog to introduce you to my manager of 25 years.  Her name is Diane Poncher.  It is, without doubt, a fortunate artist who is able to join forces with a manager he or she trusts and respects.  I consider myself to be one such artist.  Let me give you a brief history of Diane’s career so far.

She was raised within the music and entertainment industry, as her father was Lennie Poncher, a renowned and successful manager who, during the 60’s and 70’s, handled the U.S. careers of such legendary artists and performers as Donovan, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Stevie Winwood, Jan & Dean, Brook Benton, Spooky Tooth and the Spencer Davis Group.  Between 1967 and 1971, Diane learned the ropes of the music business by becoming secretary at her father’s management company (International Management Combine), and a Product Manager at Epic Records/Columbia Custom Labels (’71 – ‘75).  From 1975 to 1978, she lived in London working, as Executive Secretary and Coordinator, for Motown Records International, whose roster included such notable artists as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Thelma Houston and Junior Walker and the Allstars.  While in London, she also worked as Tour Promotions Manager for Mervyn Conn Promotions, which promoted and organized UK/European concert tours for American country music artists, and which was largely responsible for the country music market in England.  Diane returned stateside, and from 1980 to 1985, was working as Associate Manager for Bob Cavallo of Cavallo, Ruffalo & Fargnoli Management in Los Angeles.  Clients included Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Time, Appolonia 6, Weather Report, Ray Parker, Jr. and Little Feat.

It was during this period that I first met Diane.  I was in L.A. with my then writing partner, Brian Fairweather, promoting our band’s (Q-Feel) single, “Dancing In Heaven”, which was getting strong airplay on the local alternative and influential radio station, KROQ.  Diane introduced us to Bob Cavallo, who was looking to manage a new wave band such as ourselves.  Although we didn’t eventually sign with Bob, we decided to officially link up with Diane, as we could see how much she believed in our songwriting, our ambition and the musical direction that we were forging for ourselves.  So, with Cavallo’s blessing, Diane became independent at this time, in order to manage us exclusively.

Being in L.A. during the 80’s was a pretty magical time, and with Diane’s help and connections, we soon found ourselves collaborating and working with our musical idols and influences.  Diane immediately recognized that the material we were writing – not only suited our own band – but was crying out to be recorded by all kinds of popular mainstream artists.  She had the vision to see that we were traditional songwriters at heart, so she planned and successfully paved the way for me to ultimately regain ownership and control of all of my songs.  And what an education I personally received during this time – writing with people such as Bernie Taupin, Maurice White, Hal David, Jon Lind, Diane Warren and Robbie Robertson, to name but a few.  This truly was my musical apprenticeship.  From this point on, Diane and I never really looked back – enjoying the success of two No.1 records in our very first year of linking up.

Diane also believed that I was gifted with a voice that connected directly to the emotions, and she encouraged and gave me confidence to become a solo artist.  Presently, we have embarked on a new adventure – the forming of our own independent record label, IroningBoard Records, allowing me the vehicle to release my own work – on my terms.

Over the years, Diane has consistently given me un-biased feedback in all aspects of my career, and offered me a true shoulder to lean on through the good times and the bad.  I genuinely feel that we are more a partnership than a management arrangement – and in my long experience in this volatile music industry, I know this to be pretty damn rare!  I know that my songwriting has the very best possible support system it could have.  And, to top that, she’s also blessed with a great musical ear …. and even plays piano!!!!!!  In fact, come to think of it, we’ve even written a song together, and had it recorded by an international artist.  Not bad …


– Martin

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