Can you please tell us about your
background and how and why Chestnut Bank
Productions was formed?
I started with music in the 1960's. Having been
influenced by Telstar by the Tornados, I formed a
group and purchased a Selmer Clavioline. A
fascinating little keyboard, worth it's own
feature. I later joined Dave Kaye and the Dykons
in 1970 and we played at all the Elvis Presley
conventions worldwide. Chestnut Bank Productions
was created by me as a front to my music and, in 2004, when we
moved into a large Victorian house, I developed
a music studio on the third floor.
is it about Joe Meek's work that generates
such strong passions in people?
Joe Meek was a sound genius who was way ahead of
his time with sounds. He had none of today's
gimmicks so he had to be creative with his sounds.
More people are beginning to discover his sounds.
are the main inspirations for what you are doing?
My main inspiration is that there are a lot of
people out there who yearn for the early 1960's
is Retro and Vintage so enduringly popular?
And is it here to stay?
Retro and Vintage has always been popular and has
been an influence on many of today's artists. It
certainly is here to stay and has never gone away.
are the most popular lines?
The most popular lines with me are instrumentals.
I have recorded originals like Telstar but also
around thirty of my own. My most popular
composition is "Tornado" which I wrote
for the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust's brand new steam
loco, Tornado 60163, built at a cost of over 3
gives you most pleasure about what you are doing?
What gives me most pleasure from what I do is the
composing. To create a rhythm, add a prominent
lead and a little Joe Meek magic.
sort of feedback and responses do you get
Feedback has been fantastic. I have a very loyal
following in the Joe Meek Society who have given
me their utmost support, and also outside the
Society. A great supporter is Tom Hammond who has
is own web site for the Tornados. All these people
make it worthwhile.
is Chestnut Bank Productions developing in the
Chestnut Bank Productions will continue to be the
front for my music and continue to promote the
sounds of the Telstar Era.