As a teenager Paul would delve into his mum’s Motown records sparking a lifelong passion for black music, which could explain his bunking off school to listen to records at various mates’ houses, which let’s face it, beats double maths.
By the 1980s, he was a keen clubber and audiophile, always looking for the less commercial tunes and best sound systems through which to experience the textures and sound of his favourite tunes. The first House tune Paul can remember buying was Nitro Deluxe’s 1986 release ‘Let’s Get Brutal’ and with influences such Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard and MAW, his feet were firmly planted on the dance floor.
Paul’s DJ break came in the late 1990s when he was given his first job as a warm up jock at a Soul night in Harlow, playing Soul and Jazz cuts. Paul was being noticed and went on to play at various nights and weekenders such as Soul Village and SoulVille and also held a residency at Bar 1802 in London’s Docklands. He is also a regular at the annual Clacton Soul Weekender, Great Yarmouth Soul Festival and Barnet’s Summer Soulstice All-dayer, whilst last year he busted his SSW cherry by playing the unique Goldmine Room.
Despite the love of House music he harbours, he still enjoys an occasional look back to his heritage, relishing the chance to unleash some underplayed, but nonetheless high quality, Soul, Jazz and Disco tracks, so who knows where Paul is gonna take us at SSW7? One thing is for sure, with a CV like Paul’s, we are in for some serious toonage.