Fly Tower gig

On Thursday 21/09/23 we played a gig at the Fly Tower, part of the Abbeydale Picture House. Kind of meaningful, since Nick used to go there in the 60s to watch movies! The venue is an extraordinary place, 4 stories high behind the main screen of the cinema. It’s run by CADS who are working […]

Bergen Floss

Martin gave a talk about Discus Music on Chapel FM Radio recently, playing Das Rad and other marvellous music. The story behind the label is well worth a listen!

A gig! (and about time too)

After far too long a gap, we have a gig lined up at the Fly Tower in Abbeydale Picture House. We’ll be playing tracks from our recent album “Veer”. Thursday 21st September, 2023 – book here. Support will be Åyusp – a Sheffield based duo consisting of Graham McElearney and Paul Jonathan Mills. The band was […]

Bandcamp Listening party

Discus Music just announced a Listening Party for Veer – 154CD (2023) The event is scheduled for: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 8:00 PM BST We’re celebrating the release of Das Rad’s fourth Discus Music album Veer. Please come along to Bandcamp’s new “listening party” to hear the album and join the live chat – […]

Lutraphobia video

An edited version of a track from our forthcoming album Veer, shot at our rehearsal space in Sheffield.

Video time!

Spent a happy day recording a video for “Lutraphobia” from our latest album “Veer”, out in a few weeks. Here’s a moody shot of Jon, taken entirely by accident.

Das Rad – mixing “Veer”

Martin and Nick at Seaview Studios, doing the final mix of “Lutraphobia” (google it!) for our 4th album “Veer”, due out within a month or two. This will be the first album to feature Jon Short on bass!  

“Veer” almost ready

Veer is the latest album from Sheffield-based Das Rad, about whom one reviewer said “They walk in the footsteps of the rock/jazz/fusion gods of the 70s but make their imprints deeper, more unshapely, and longer-lasting. Ears be blown here, folks. Godlike”. Currently at the mixing stage, it builds on and develops their unique “improg” style. […]

Recording bass…

A short (cough) video of Jon laying down some fretless bass on a track from our forthcoming (as yet untitled) album.


A remix of one of the tracks from “Laik Tors”. The footage of dragonflies was taken in the Lincolnshire Wolds at 8 o’clock in the evening.

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Jon Short

Starting with proto jazz-rockers March the Third and playing cello on a Pulp single, Jon Joined Nick in the 80s for a promising outfit called “Harriet”, with a singer who later wrote for Tina Turner and won awards. 

Sadly it fell through and Jon formed Deep Sky Divers, a feted ambient duo. 

Chosen by Das Rd not only for his consummate playing but also because his surname matched a letter from the band acronym!

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Nick Robinson

His early musical career included Typhoon Saturday, (who spawned chart-toppers “Living in a Box”)  who had a deal with Polydor and released 3 singles to minimal success.

Another band was Dig Vis Drill. Those that saw them in the early 80’s felt this band were destined for greatness. They had a unique and awesome sound, a live act second to none, they were confrontational, challenging, intelligent and fronted by motor-mouth Ogy McGrath, a cross between Woody Allen and Attila the Hun.

From the mid 80s, Robinson began to explore improvised music (supporting Archer’s band “Bass Tone Trap” at a local gig). His path led to his current main activity performing and recording solo, looped guitar soundscapes. 

You can check out his discography on his site, along with extensive information, audio, video and a blog covering midi, ableton and live looping amongst other topics. You can find more of his music on his Bandcamp page and his solo CD was released by Discus Music in 2022, attracting rave reviews from Adrian Belew, Steve Hackett and others.

Robinson and Archer had played a variety of gigs together in different formations so when Martin suggested bringing drummer Steve Dinsdale into the mix, Das Rad was born, later to be augmented by his old musical sparring partner Jon on bass.

Nick is one of England’s only professional origami artists, with over 100 books on the subject to his name.

Steve Dinsdale

Drummer/Keyboardist cut his teeth on the Teesside and Sheffield music scenes  before moving to London in the late 80’s. Drummed with Honey Smugglers who recorded indie-classic single `Listen’ in 1990, and who are still asked regularly to appear on period compilations.

Joined T.V. Eye alongside ex-members of Eat and future celebrity-botherer and `Game Of Thrones’ star Paul Kaye. Gave up dreams of stardom after returning from holiday to find that said singer had gone off to live on a Kibbutz, and the guitarist was suddenly number one in the charts with a record he’d arranged for an unknown female singer with an eye patch.

Formed electronic improvising trio Radio Massacre International playing keyboards, electronics and drums with oldest friends and collaborators Duncan Goddard and Gary Houghton, who over a 25-year career have played dozens of concerts in the UK, Europe and USA as well as appearing on an MTV Europe co-host. The discography currently stands at some 60 or more releases including a trio of albums for acclaimed US label Cuneiform, and five solo albums made over the last ten years.

Performed as Drummer and/or Floor Percussionist with the Damo Suzuki Network on some half dozen occasions, one of which has led to a number of collaborations with Martin Archer including Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere which was founded in 2009 and has since made four albums, and Engine Room Favourites the 10-piece Jazz ensemble.

And now…Das Rad.