Keith Nuttall is based in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Currently, he is producing and recording music by remote collaboration. When the rules allow it, he directs and plays guitar with Music in Sheds in Heaton Moor. Previously, he has written, produced and recorded rock, post-punk, experimental and electronic music.
Living in the Eighties
He was in several long-forgotten bands in the eighties: Cloudburst (later Albino Dinnerjacket) and Back to the Grind in his home town of Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire, and Paddy’s Wigwam and First Night with the Indians in Liverpool. Although he enjoyed playing in bands, he was also fascinated by the writing and recording process, and experimenting with sound, using tape recorders, electronic kits, and even household objects.
In the late eighties, Keith moved to Yorkshire for work, and took a long break from music. For a while, he felt nostalgic about making music, but eventually resigned himself to being a listener, rather than a performer.
Keith always wished he could have lots of musical instruments, and a multitrack studio. In 2001, he realised that he could create a virtual studio with sampled instruments in his computer, and Yammer was born.
Over 2 years, he recorded Long Division, only once picking up a guitar. It was a rewarding but painfully slow process. Further frustrated by a lack of willing participants to form a band over the next 3 years, Keith eventually sold most of the gear. Remembering the instant feedback from playing a real instrument, he decided that his next musical foray would involve his old guitar. But, that would take another 12 years.
Going Back to My Roots
Meanwhile, Keith moved back across the Pennines to the North West, to South Manchester. He heard about a group being set up in Stockport, for more mature musicians looking to play together. For its first year, he directed Stockport Music in Sheds at its weekly sessions in Heaton Moor, and played guitar.
After a year of renewed interest in playing guitar, Keith started writing and recording music again. While Coronavirus rules have stopped group musical activities, he has taken part in remote collaborations with Andy Bell (as Lowly Man) and David Tomlinson (as Dead Indians), so far producing 3 EPs.