Joe Chester cut his teeth recording to 2-inch tape in Dublin’s legendary Sun Studios in the mid to late 1990’s and was responsible for many of the key recordings of Dublin’s then thriving underground alternative rock scene. Many of these recordings by bands like Sunbear, Sack, Future Kings of Spain and Nina Hynes have since attained something of a cult status. However, always more than an engineer/producer, Joe also played guitar and keyboards and sang on his sessions and eventually embarked on a parallel career as a member of much-loved Irish group tenspeedracer, touring worldwide and producing their recordings at Jerry Boys’ Livingston Studios in London and at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire, latterly in conjunction with UK producer, Darren Allison (who worked on My Bloody Valentines’s Loveless and Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualised, two of Joe’s all-time favourite albums).

Upon leaving the band in 2004, Joe launched a solo career, releasing four highly acclaimed solo albums to date. All the while, Joe continued to produce records for other artists, honing his own very particular sound and approach in the studio, combining an old school organic sensibility with an ear for pop melodies and harmony that is second to none, building up a client list that is a veritable who’s who of Ireland’s rock and pop scene, including Gemma Hayes, Hozier, Mundy, and Shane McGowan.

His signature sound has been generating more and more demand lately, Joe’s recordings achieving multi platinum status with The Coronas (Heroes or Ghosts) , recently hitting the number 1 spot in Germany and earning platinum status with Ryan Sheridan (The Day You Live Forever) and steering folk legend Finbar Furey to his first Number 1 since 1987 (The Last Great Love Song). Most recently he has produced A Lazarus Soul’s Last Of The Analogue Age (“The best album in twenty years” – Tom Dunne, Newstalk FM) and The Hedge Schools much-admired At The End Of A Winding Day.

Some samples of work:

  • The Hedge Schools At The End Of A Winding Day (2015)
  • A Lazarus Soul Last of the Analogue Age (2014)
  • Tupelo Push On (2014)
  • Tupelo Ballerina’s Call EP (2013)
  • Ryan Sheridan The Day You Live Forever (International Release with bonus tracks 2013)
  • Doctor Millar C 48 (2013)
  • The Original Rudeboys Dublin Days – Single (2013)
  • Neil White Caught In the Headlights (2012)
  • Time The Revolator Outside, Square (2012)
  • Hozier Universal Demos
  • Ryan Sheridan The Day You Live Forever (Irish Release 2011)
  • A Lazarus Soul Through A Window In The Sunshine Room (2011)
  • The Shoos Rescue Room (2011)
  • Mundy Shuffle – Selected Tracks (2011)
  • Nick Kelly Nine Lives – Mix (2010)
  • Mundy Strawberry Blood (2009)
  • Sunbear Bits – album containing EP tracks plus unreleased tracks (2009)
  • The Hedge Schools Never Leave Anywhere (2008)
  • The Coronas Heroes Or Ghosts (2007)
  • A Lazarus Soul Graveyard Of Burnt Out Cars (2007)
  • Future Kings Of Spain Nervousystem – Mix and additional Engineering (2007)
  • Eoin Coughlan Behind Closed Doors – Single (2007)
  • The Ruby Tailights Dressing Up (2006)
  • Miriam Ingram Trampoline – Selected tracks (2006)
  • Nick Kelly Running Dog – Co-produced with Sean Millar (2005)
  • Dae Kim Matador – Selected Tracks (2005)
  • Future Kings Of Spain Kick It – Extra track on Toshiba EMI Japan Release of debut album (2004)
  • Ten Speed Racer 10SR – Co-produced. Mixed by Darren Allison (2003)
  • Ten Speed Racer Girls and Magazines – Engineer and Co-Produced (2002)
  • Future Kings Of Spain A Place For Everything and Everything in its Place – Single (2002)
  • Doctor Millar Always Coming Home (2002)
  • Ten Speed Racer Listen to Bits – Engineer and Co-Produced (2002)
  • A Lazarus Soul Record (2001)
  • Turn In Position (2001)
  • Sack Adventura Majestica (2000)
  • Sunbear Dog EP (2000)
  • Ten Speed Racer Eskimo Beach Boy – Engineer and Co-Produced (2000)
  • Gerry O’Beirne Half Moon Bay (2000)
  • Gemma Hayes Demos
  • Nina Hynes Creation (1999)
  • Doctor Millar The Deal (1998)
  • Lúnasa Lúnasa – Engineer and Mix (1998)
  • Nick Kelly Between Trapezes – Engineer and Mix (1997)
  • Sunbear Bits And Pieces EP (1996)
  • The Plague Monkeys Surface Tension -Co-Engineer (1996)