Gary Numan is an English musician and songwriter, credited as one of the pioneers of electronic music. Numan's career dates back to the early seventies, when he started out in a band called Tubeway Army, whose 1979 single Are Friends Electric? started off a huge musical following, replacing formerly major instruments with the sound of the synthesizer. Going solo in 1979, and releasing his second hit Cars gave Numan international recognition. Numan experimented with jazz, funk and ethereal, rhythmic pop after which he came back to his electro pop roots.
Numan has continued to compose and release music, also collaborating with the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre and Battles. In 2017 he received an Ivor Novello Award, the Inspiration Award, from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.