Paul Thomas: a biography
The last five years has seen the UK house music scene storm the world likenever before, with a vanguard of talented new DJs and producers who have weldedthe traditional sound with techno, progressive, trance and electro influencesin explosive fashion. Their time is now, and Paul Thomas is amongst this newwave’s brightest stars.
Paul’s big break was landing a residency at Birmingham’s Godkitchen and theirglobally-syndicated GlobalGathering festivals half a decade back; a dreamfoundation for any aspiring DJ to build their career on. From here on hisdestiny as a DJ was inevitable, with global tours and critically-acclaimedcompilations for the brand and for Toolroom Records’ burgenoning Leaders Of TheNew School imprint all soon in the bag.
While many successful jocks may have been content to rest on their laurels andperhaps release the occasional track, Thomas has been both prolific and hugelyconsistent over the past few years, establishing himself as a seriousproduction force who blends those aforementioned styles to epic effect. Hisfocus is squarely on the big room and on bringing his different influences togetherwithin one track, perfectly representing the different genres that are at thecore of the brand that helped to bring him to prominence.
“I put a lot of the success down to the productions. It took me quite a whileto find my sound, and I would say I've only done so in the past year or so.Since then, with the success of tracks like 'Tomorrow' & 'Ultraviolet',more and more doors have opened. Now I'm remixing the likes of Gareth Emery,Sander van Doorn and Paul Oakenfold - artists I would never have been involvedwith if it wasn't for the tracks I've been making.”
This is made all the more clear when you take a look at the impressive andvaried list of labels he’s had track signed to: Steve Angello’s SIZE Records,Positiva, Data, Toolroom Records, Doorn Records, Sander Kleinenberg’s LittleMountain Recordings, Ultra, Baroque Records, Gareth Emery’s Garuda, Hotfingers,Spinnin’ Records, 303lovers...the list goes on and on. His golden remix touchhas been requested for releases by legends like Basement Jaxx, Chicane,Underworld, Josh Wink, D Ramirez & Mark Knight, Sebastien Leger &Deadmau5, and he’s collaborated with Knight, Funkagenda, Jerome Isma-Ae andManuel De La Mare amongst others.
He’s firmly established himself as a leading name in the wider sphere of housemusic across the globe thanks to all this, and the small matter of 9 separateBeatport genre Top 10 successes. His Ultraviolet track in Toolroom hit the No.1spot in the Progressive Chart (as did other singles Tomorrow and Sunrise), andNo. 5 on the overall sales chart, while remixes and collaborations with SanderVan Doorn, Funkagenda, Gareth Emery, Weekend Heroes & Ticon, Serge Devant,Jerome Isma-Ae, Kim Fai and Manuel De La Mare are all upcoming.
“I guess I have gone back to my melodic roots over the past 12 months, makingtracks with melodies and big chords, while keeping the beats and bass quitetechy and rolling. It seems to have worked well, as I have a lot of cross-genresupport, from Van Dyk, Sander van Doorn and Gareth Emery, to Mark Knight,Funkagenda and Steve Angello. But generally I'm just making tracks that I loveand that fit into my sets.”
With continual touring across the world with GlobalGathering and a relentlessstudio diary to attend to, his name continues to rise up the ranks of theinternational dance music scene. His wide-appealing sound and die-hard workethic will ensure that his name is one you’ll be hearing even more of over thenext few years.