Quality always shines through and that’s exactly the case with Paul Loraine. His current success as a DJ and producer is built on solid foundations which have provided the perfect springboard for him to develop a sound and style that is uniquely his own. 2011 is the year when several projects will reach fruition and bring him to a global audience.
Paul’s story begins in South East London and a childhood surrounded by music; he was exposed to myriad influences from punk, new wave and synthpop through to rock and heavy metal, and hip hop and early dance. He was the cool kid at school with the best record collection and would play them for all his friends. There was no path for Paul to take this further at the time, but the seed of becoming a DJ was sown.
Always a passionate collector of music, his first break came during a trip to the island of Guernsey where he was born. He was given the opportunity to play at the Golden Monkey club which proved a baptism of fire. It was all hard house and trance at the time, and along came Paul with a bag full of deep tribal and progressive house records. The locals may have had their doubts, but the club’s manager spotted his talent straight away and offered him a residency on the spot.
The club was soon converted to Paul’s sounds and he held the residency there for the next six years. The night become known as Global Dance, and it gave Paul the opportunity to play alongside many leading names like Seb Fontaine, Anthony Pappa, Jody Wisternoff, Steve Lawler and Gordon Kaye. This experience also provides a strong clue to Paul’s character: tenacity, a strong critical sense and commitment to what he believes is best. It’s a standard he sets for himself and brings to everything he does.
Next stop, Bristol, where Paul launched the Loco night in the summer of 2005. He was a DJ first and foremost, but Paul also realised the underground sound of techno was underrepresented in the city, so he set about changing that with Loco. It proved the right move with a unique combination of techno in the main room, and an eclectic selection of hip hop, dubstep, reggae and disco in the second room with Jamie Harvey at the helm.
It also gave Paul the chance to really flex his musical muscles, and guest DJs at Loco have included Peace Division, Carl Craig, Radio Slave, Jay Haze, Quivver, Terry Francis, Tim Green, Funk D’Void, Slam, Silicone Soul, King Unique, Robert Babicz, Lump and Inxec as a resident with Paul. A who’s who of some of the best talent around, in other words. Supported by BBC Radio 1, and praised by Mixmag and DJ Mag, Loco was a huge success and ran for over three years firmly establishing Paul’s credentials as a DJ.
Many DJs would have simply traded off the Loco name at this point, but in typical style, Paul decided to take a step back and concentrate on production. Never one for half measures, he immersed himself fully in the studio, only releasing music when he felt confident he had made something of value. The results have been pretty spectacular and since 2008 Paul has produced tracks and remixes for an array of underground electronic labels including Four:Twenty, Soma, My Favorite Robot, Lucidflow, Veryverywrongindeed, 1trax, Akbal, Lebensfreude, Foundation, Tonality, Slant and more.
What makes a Paul Loraine production stand out from the pack is its depth of character.
There’s nothing formulaic or obvious about the music he makes, and he combines a keen sense of what works on the dancefloor with a strong emotional quality. It’s a sound that has found favour with electronic music aficionados and leading DJs alike; Dubfire, Laurent Garnier, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Steve Lawler, Magda, Sven Väth, Luciano, Loco Dice and Claude Von Stroke are among those who have incorporated Paul’s tracks into their sets.
“I’m a sucker for a good groove,” explains Paul, “and my music is very percussive. I really concentrate hard on getting the drums to do all the work. I’m not one of these producers that can sit in the studio and write track after track with no substance or ideas. I try to write music that people can have a real connection with and is personal in some way.”
The stage is now perfectly set for Paul to reach new heights and some of his finest work is due for release soon. Remixes for James Holden & Ashley Casselle, Robert Owens and Silicone Soul have all been completed alongside collaborations with Funk D’Void, Richard Seeley and Robert Cashin.
Perhaps most exciting is ‘Making a Difference’ in partnership with Nadja Lind. The result of a happy accident following a case of mistaken identity, the pair have completed several tracks together. ‘Making a Difference’ is forthcoming on Berlin-based Lucidflow with a remix from label head Helmut Ebritsch, and it’s already attracting serious attention. In addition, Paul and Nadja’s ‘Pointing at the Moon’ will be featured exclusively on the ‘We Love… Space Ibiza’ compilation mixed by jozif.
Now based in Barcelona, Paul is involved in the city’s vibrant techno scene and collaborating with members of the Common People collective. He will also be setting up his own label, Rhythm Cult, and has created the Re:Form guise for productions with more of a big room techno vibe. Demand for Paul’s DJs services has grown as his productions gain support, and future bookings include Mr C’s Superfreq night in France as well as trips to Brussels, Switzerland and Ibiza. A live set is another project in preparation.
With such a body of work behind him, it’s hardly surprising that Paul is being tipped for great things. As both DJ and producer, he brings a level of artistry to his music that distinguishes him as a major talent, and the best is yet to come.