Biography

Esoteric-Andy-Jackson

Andy was born in North London to a journalist father & teacher mother. His father was a keen jazz musician & taught Andy the basics of musical theory and guitar chords at an early age.

Rejecting his initial choice to study metallurgy at university, he decided instead to pursue a career in recording, and secured a job as an assistant engineer at London’s Utopia studios, which was the new ‘hot’ studio in town. Initially Andy trained under James Guthrie, a relationship that continues to this day as co-pilots of Pink Floyd’s sound. He had success as a recording engineer at Utopia, including hits with Boomtown Rats “I don’t like Mondays” and Spandau Ballet’s “Chant no. 1”

When the call came from James Guthrie to follow him into the world of Pink Floyd, to work on the film of The Wall, it was an offer he couldn’t resist, having been a Floyd fan for many years.

So started a relationship that runs to this day, and has resulted in 2 Grammy nominations for his work and Mix magazine’s award for best live sound engineer for the Pulse tour.

Along side the professional work, there were a series of ‘proto albums recorded with friends:   “On the surface”, “Obvious” and “Mythical burrowing animals”.   Ideas ahead of their time it would seem.

He did find time along the way to produce work for other artists, including seminal British goth band Fields Of The Nephilim. This again was the genesis of a relationship that would lead to the present day, after ex Nephilim Tony Pettitt asked Andy to join his new band The Eden House as guitarist.

After 3 years with Eden House, Andy felt it was time to move on & embark on a new challenge of a completely solo project. This lead to the ‘signal to noise’ album. The title, as well as an allusion to Andy’s sound engineering background, refers to many of the lyrical themes of the album, the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence, and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album.