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Meet Jonny, Senior Creative and SA’s resident drummer

Jonny chats with us about spice and all things nice; from his ‘bonkers’ family, through to his musical influences, a good day for Mr Gatenby is ‘turning it up to 11’ with his two adorable daughters.


Who was your favourite teacher and why?
Mr Rolo, our PE teacher ­– we all thought he was named after chocolate!

If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
The 1960s – the most exciting time for music and people dressed cool, too.

What’s your favourite flavour ice cream?
Something nutty; I’d say either pistachio or hazelnut.

What’s the earliest thing you can remember?
A spider the size of my head* crawling towards me as I lay peacefully in my cot.

Where is your favourite place in the world?
Record shops – strangely I’ve found that the better the record shop, the more it smells (I’m talking a damp, foisty, basement kind of smell – not good!).

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
Turn the music up really loud and dance with my two girls, Ella and Martha.

What was your favourite toy growing up?
I remember getting a Super Nintendo when I was a kid and thinking life couldn’t get much better than this.

Using one word, how would you describe your family?

What’s your favourite quote from a movie?
“Have… a… good… time… all the time.” – Viv Savage, from the film Spinal Tap.

 What’s your favourite sandwich filling and how do you make it yours?
I’m obsessed with chillies so whatever the sandwich I like to stuff it with an explosive concoction of jalapeños and Frank’s RedHot sauce (the finest hot sauce on the planet!).

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Surround yourself with great people and life will be great.

What do you like to do on a rainy day?
I’m a big vinyl nut and have collected records since I was 14, so sitting with a bacon sarnie and a coffee playing records and watching the rain would be pretty perfect. 

What’s the worst thing you did and got away with?
Some friends and I spent a hilarious evening rearranging some neighbours’ garden gnomes in a series of comical and obscene poses.


*Size of spider may be slightly exaggerated