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4/26/2011 2:58:48 PM


I recently had the pleasure of talking to one of the nicest human beings in the music business Jeff Green.

I travelled north to Whitely Bay, braving my phobia of fog, where Jeff was playing with the Illegal Eagles.  Jeff was there to greet me on my arrival and guide me back stage where the other band members were busy preparing for their performance.


We made ourselves comfortable in the changing room and engaged in a lengthy discussion.


PM: Thank you so much for the interview Jeff.


JG: No problem, thanks for coming along.


PM: Tell me about Jessica, given the subject matter being about the loss of your daughter it’s not at all what I expected.


JG: Yes, when I set about recording the album I wanted to capture pride, anger and acceptance.  Myself and ex wife, Jude, experienced many emotions.  Jude suffered the trauma of having to go through the birth knowing that Jessica’s heartbeat had stopped.  I think you know what I mean, Phil Chelmsford tells me you have been through something similar.


PM: Yes, my first little boy, Ben, lived only a few weeks after he was born having developed respiratory distress syndrome, so I am in tune with your pain. Was this expressed in songs like ‘On this Night’?


JG: Very much so.  You can hear anger in other songs too like ‘Tomorrow Never Came’ and ‘Prittlewell Chase’.


PM: ‘On this Night’ reminds me very much of Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ album, I noticed that you included the sound of a car speeding away at the end, its that symbolic of wanting to get away from the situation?


JG: Mmmm, Pink Floyd are a huge influence on me and that’s an interesting observation.  My style is very much like David Gilmours I’m told.  The car signifies the fated night that I left the hospital to tell Jude’s parents what had happened.  I was forever driving along Prittlewell Chase which is the road that Southend General Hospital is on.


PM: I think I dealt with my grief by running away.  Sometimes literally jumping in the car and driving away at speed.


JG: Yes, it can get to you that way.

PM: To be honest if someone handed me a copy of Jessica and told me that it was a new Camel album, but for a few exceptions i would have believed them.

JG: That's been said to me before. I was given some of their stuff to listen to but i just couldn't make the connection. Perhaps i'll have to have another listen to it when i get home.

PM: You just don't see it then?

JG: No.


PM: I notice that you used a 12 string acoustic on ‘Pride’.  It seemed to represent the feeling of ‘Pride’ very well.  Do you think that certain instruments do represent certain emotions?


JG: I’m glad you said that.  Yes, that’s exactly what I wanted to achieve.  Yes, there are certain instruments I use that represent emotions like anger etcetera like the guitar synth.  Are you au fait with Prokofiev?


PM: Oh yes, I love Prokofiev.


JG: Peter and the Wolf is a great example of using instruments in such a way.


PM: Yes, you’re so right.  There are some fabulous keyboard sounds on the album.  Is it a real Minimoog being played by Mike Stobbie?


JG: Yes, I was very lucky that Mike agreed to play on the album.  I went over to his place to record the keyboard parts and there was his Minimoog sat there like an antique the pieces that he recorded with which appear on three of the tracks sounded great.


PM: How did you manage to persuade Mike Stobbie to play on the album?


JG: Well, I’ve known Mike since 1997 when we were doing some work for a Carpenters tribute band.


PM: The Carpenters!


JG: Yes, really.  I would be sat in the corner playing ‘Roundabout’ by Yes and Mike would join in.  We are both Prog fans. We stayed in touch and when I needed the keyboard parts for ‘Jessica’ I just called him and he agreed to do them straight away.  He’s a good guy.


PM: He uses some fantastic keyboard sounds throughout the album doesn’t he?


JG: Yes, I remember listening to them and re-recording all of my guitar parts to bring them up to the same level. He raised tha bar a little.


PM: Despite the age of digital technology and being able to record in isolation all of the components on the album are very cohesive.  There is a synergy between all of the players?


JG: Thank you for that.  I was real lucky to have them play.  Phil Aldridge is on there too playing piano.


PM: Tell me about ‘Terrepin Station’.


JG: ‘Terrepin Station’ is my studio project and the name that fronts my business.  When I invoice folks for guitar lessons they are all through ‘Terrepin Station’.  It’s named after a Grateful Dead song, have you heard it?


PM: No, I have never listened to the Grateful Dead.


JG: You should check it out.  It’s awesome.


PM: Tell me about the album you are working on at the moment.  Is there a story behind it?


JG: ‘Elder Creek’ is about the importance of memory and how important our memories are to us.  My parents divorced when I was very young and I went to live with my grandparents.  When my grandmother was hospitalized I went to visit her and she didn’t recognize me.  The nurse sent me away and said I was confusing her.  So that’s why ‘Elder Creek’ is about memory.


PM: It sounds fascinating.


JG: Oh yes, it is.  My dad was involved too with writing etcetera.  The album contains songs about Mnemosyne the Greek goddess of memory.


PM: Fascinating, I’m hooked already.


JG: Well Steve, I’m going to have to go, I’m due on stage in ten minutes.  See you after the show?  Come back stage and meet the guys.


PM: Yes, go and knock em dead Jeff!


I watched Jeff’s faultless performance with the Illegal Eagles which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It made me think how good it would be if Prog bands commanded the audience that matched the numbers of this band.  We talked at length afterwards and really felt that we both had a lot in common on many levels. I sat for half an hour in my car writing my notes hoping that the fog would clear, to no avail.  Worth the trip though.  Jeff Green is the nicest man I have met in the music industry.  I would recommend checking out Jeff’s website and indeed buying a copy of ‘Jessica’.







4/7/2011 10:56:55 AM

Having listened extensively to Tony Patterson’s new EP “All The World” I thought I would track him down and see if I could press him on a few issues. Here’s what he had to say……


PM. Hi Tony, good to see you again. What inspired the change in direction whilst writing songs for your latest EP "All The World"?


TP. I wanted to do something different. It's as simple as that really.My last album was an instrumental album. I always viewed it as the soundtrack to a film that hasn't been made yet. With the new EP, I wanted to write 'songs',concentrating on melody rather than 'soundscapes'.


PM. Did you enjoy working with an orchestra again whilst recording "All The World" and "Until The End"?


TP. The Oban Session Orchestra did a fantastic job!


PM. What was your motivation for including an orchestra?


TP. I love Orchestral music. I love the way it enhances rock and pop music. I've worked with Orchestral music in the past writing for music libraries etc,. I even got a chance to conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra back in 2006!


PM. Tell me a bit more about how the songs were put together?


TP. The genesis (sorry) of the songs happened with just me and a Piano. They started out very raw and then I just built everything else around them.


PM. Tell me about Spiral.


TP. It's a song about negative emotions and what can come from them. One day I found myself alone in the house and getting very reflective and wistful. It's a song about  a half-empty glass, but by the end the glass is half-full.


PM. Which other musician's were involved with the project?


TP. I did get Norman Glover in on guitar on one track but that particular track never made it to the EP. I'm sure it'll turn up somewhere though.


PM. Mystic City, Newcastle Upon Tyne or indeed a mystic city?


TP. It's yet another anti-drugs song. I did a similar thing on 'Barriers' with the track "Deep into the Night". I've never really understood why someone would want to lose control through drug use. It's something that has never appealed to me. Mind you, some people have asked if I was on drugs when I wrote the track!


PM. I instantly identified with "Celebrate The Sun". Is this perhaps auto-biographic?


TP. No, not at all. I think it's the old hippie in me coming out.


PM. The new EP is released in May. In which formats/media will it be available?


TP. For now, it's download only. It will be available on iTunes and Amazon etc,. you can also download it direct from my website www.tonypatterson.co.uk


PM. There's a rumour going around that you are planning some gigs with a band especially put together to play your own compositions, true or false?


TP. It's  something I'm currently looking at.


PM. What form would such events take?


TP.  Maybe as a support slot and festivals.


PM. Do you think that some of the songs from your new EP reflect a more (dare I say it) romantic side of you?


TP. Absolutely! there's nothing wrong with romance. It's something I've always avoided but this EP is very personal and honest and I wanted to say 'I love you' in some shape or form.


PM. Do you intend to record more songs in a similar style or return to more familiar territory ?


TP. I'd love to do more in this style. It's been a bit of a learning curve. There are several songs that didn't make it to the EP so I may develop them and bring out a full album in the future.


PM. Do you enjoy a self autonomous approach to writing and recording? 


TP. Yes, absolutely. I feel I'm the only one who can realise my ideas. I'm not very good at explaining what I want. When I get an idea going and there's just me, I have have the basic idea finished with guitars, keyboards and drums etc,. finished within an hour.


PM. What next?


TP. A few things are happening. I definitely want to do another project in this style. I've also got an idea for a kind of concept ambient-chill-out style album called 'The Lost Weekend' which I'd like to make a start on soon, as well as continuing the work with a certain Mr. Hackett.


PM. Known to many as a voice and to the minority as a musician, do you think that the songs on you new EP represents your most important work to date

In getting all of your musical talents recognised?


TP. Yes. Definitely, I wanted to avoid the Gabriel associations and go out on a limb with this. I definitely think it is some of my strongest solo work and I'm very proud of it.


PM. And what of other ventures?


TP. I'm venturing down to the pub soon.


PM. Is there still life in the old Prog yet?????


TP. Well, I'm still busy with SoGabriel and other projects so it's good to wear the prog hat now and then.


Thanks for talking Progmeister again Tony. Congratulations on a fine piece of work. We wish you all the best of luck. Will catch up with you soon for beer and chat.

Checkout Tony's new EP "All The World" available now as download from www.progmeister.com










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