While the girls from Move to the Music! link link
have worked very hard to be as successful as they are today they would've had a much harder time without the help of Isaiah Westchester.
Isaiah is the owner of Thames Records. This is the company logo. link
Thames Records has been a moderately successful small label house for many years now. Isaiah is the fourth generation to run Thames which has been an institution of the London recording scene for decades.
Isaiah's great grandfather Simon Westchester was originally trained to be an electrician on a destroyer in the Royal Navy during World War One. On board he helped maintain the primitive hydrophones used by Allied ships to hunt German U-Boats in the Atlantic. Simon became fascinated acoustics and after the war he started working as an electrician for several of the theaters and concert halls in London. Eventually with a couple business partners, and some good luck, Simon opened a small recording studio called Westchester Recordings.
Eventually Simon's son Peter took over the operation in the late 1930's and changed the company's name to Thames Recordings. During the Second World War Thames got quite a bit of business from the British Government since their facilities escaped damage from the London Blitz. Also at this time Thames started experimenting with the concept of just not being a recording studio but producing records too.
Isaiah's grandfather Peter expanded Thames recording studios and began releasing albums and promoting acts in the post war London scene. In 1955 Peter changed the companies name for the final time and Thames Records came into being. Peter had several moderately successful acts signed to his label in the late 50's, but it was with the British Invasion of the 1960's that gave Thames its big push. Throughout the 60's Thames was able to sign several groups that went on to be good but not great success. No Beatles or Rolling Stones but steady revenue generators.
At this time Isaiah's father Robert Westchester starts taking more responsibility for the daily operations Thames Records. In 1975 Peter retires and Robert takes over complete control of the company.
Unfortunately Robert did not have the same success as his father, and the late 70's and 80's are not as kind to Thames Records. Except for a few minor successes the company starts shrinking but was still able to remain independent and solvent. However it was not a state that the company could remain in indefinitely. Slowly through the 80's and early 90's Thames sells off various acts and facilities to stay afloat. The strain is intense on Robert and in 1995 he suffers a heart attack and has to hand control of his company to Isaiah who has just graduated from college.
A quick review of Thames books convinces Isaiah that he has to find something big or the company will not survive the decade. He begins a somewhat frantic search for the band, or bands, that will let Thames thwart death and thrive again. Finally in 1998 he hears of an all mouse girl band that has formed and is looking for a label to sign them. With some skepticism he agrees to give the band's demo tape a listen. He was impressed. He was also amused that he already knew one of the band members.
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parents were fairly prominent members of London's financial scene, and were strong supporters of the arts in the London area. Isaiah knew that this new act Move to the Music! had potential but by this time his resources were so depleted that he could not afford to spend the money on promotion and advertising to get them out to the public. Fortunately the Huxley's agreed to underwrite the cost of the first album. Needless to say they got their money back.
Isaiah makes a definite strong first impression. At over seven feet tall his striking black hair and mane combined reserved composure makes him look more like fashion model than record producer at times. He is utterly committed to Thames and has gone through two marriages as a result. His most indispensable person, besides the girls in Move to the Music!, is his personal assistant Molly Pelt. With out her Isaiah would be unable to keep track of what day of the week it is!