Pete Waterman has an interesting history unlike any other other music producer, or dare I be so bold as to say anyone else in the music industry?! He started off as a steam locomotive fireman before deciding to pursue a profession in music. He then survived as a Dj supplementing his income by becoming a gravedigger, apprentice at General Electric Company and becoming a trade union official. (If you are to believe Wikipedia at least). He made his name in the music scene by importing rare US imports from the US in the mid 60’s. He did work in Jamaica with Peter Tosh and Lee Perry at the height of the Jamaican political troubles. Peter even told of his meeting with James Brown and how that was the only moment where he felt fear, (and anyone who knows the first thing about James Brown can see why that is).
Pete is mostly known from his part in Stock Aitken and Waterman which brought us such acts as Kylie Minogue, Bananarama and Rick Astley (whom I personally based my hairdo on in the 80’s, but that’s a different story all together). Pete was part of the launch of Pop Idol and has therefore been an instrumental part in pop music in the 21st century as well as the 20th century. A legend of sorts but also a big train enthusiast which makes him so different from everyone else who is a part of pop culture.
I had no idea what to expect when Pete turned up. We light up the disco light, disco ball, smoke machine and a good healthy dose of photography flash. Pete turned up and was as chatty and full of stories as you’d hope for. Just a real likeable guy with more stories than Christopher Columbus on a good day. He was up for a good laugh and still has a few of those disco moves in him. Roll over John Travolta and let Pete take over.