Payne joined Nitzer Ebb in 1992. He recorded the album "Big Hit" (Geffen/Mute) which was produced by Flood. Following their world tour to promote the album, the band went on a ten year hiatus. They reformed in 2007, released the album "Industrial Complex", and toured extensively throughout the world. They were the opening act for Depeche Mode in Europe in 2010. The band has been on indefinite hiatus since 2011.