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Tall Paul


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The 1998 “Muzik” DJ of the Year, Tall Paul, began his DJing career in 1987 at the tender age of 16, playing for office parties at his dad’s nightclub Turnmills. At the same time Paul started to run his own pirate radio station called Touchdown FM and had already managed to blag a spot on the capital's legendary pirate Sunrise FM. Paul also used his persuasive powers to get a one hour slot at Turnmills' Saturday all-nighter Trade and in 1990 his obvious talent gained him his first residency, and as gay clubs have always been at the forefront of innovation in dance music, Paul quickly became recognised for playing what one might alternatively call hard-edged-house anthems. Not long after his residency at Trade, Paul was offered a residency at the Zap Club in Brighton and there met up with Shelley Boswell which lead to regular slots at the Gardening Clubs’ “Club For Life”.

In 1992 Paul put out his first vinyl offering - the white label 'Love Rush', a Trade anthem. He then hooked up with Hooj Choons' Red Jerry who with reference to his 6'6" frame christened him with the title "Tall Paul” and came up with the dance classic "Rock Da House," (later to be re-released in 1997 on VC Recordings, reaching No. 11 in the national charts.) Paul then went on to produce numerous top 40 hits including the club anthems Escrima "Deeper" and "Train of Thought", and his highest entry to date, Camisra "Let Me Show You", entered new at No. 5.

All this lead to a series of remix projects for artists such as New Order, Stone Roses, Erasure, Human League, Marc Almond, Wild Child, Hyperlogic, Cappella, Duran Duran, Nalin & Kane, Blondie, Bizarre Inc, Dina Carroll... the list goes on. Paul’s production talents are recognised in the “DJ Magazine Top Producers Poll,” where Paul features year after year.

Camisra's success has taken Paul's career even further... Paul now runs his own record label, Duty Free Recordings which incorporates an in-house Studio based at Turnmills. The label has released tracks by JS16, Robbie Rivera, DJ Lottie, Durango-95, Timo Maas, Oliver Lieb, Dave Aude and Fergie. Paul has continued his own production success with tracks “Be There”, “Freebase” “Precious Heart” and “Everbody’s A Rockstar”, both of which feature on Paul’s debut artist album “Back & Forth” released back in November 2001 and which continue’s to confirm his reputation as being one of the key players in the UK dance scene.

Paul has also featured on a number of compilations including Virgin’s "The Gallery Modern Masters Vol#1", “Club Nation 1998" and "Cream Anthems", and Fantazia's "House Collection". In 1999 Paul signed an album deal with the Ministry of Sound, with successful mixed compilations including "Dance Nation 6", "The Ibiza Annual 2", “Millennium Annual”, “Dance Nation 7” , “Headliners”, “The Annual” and “The Clubber’s Guide to 2001” being released. The next installment now sees Paul working one of the biggest names in the Industry “Telstar” and their new brand of compilations. The Future Sound of Ibiza was released on the 29th July 2002 and reflected Paul’s ability to bring whats going to be hot for the summer to the table!

Paul now DJ’s all over the UK, currently holding a residency at Turnmills' Friday nighter The Gallery and plays regularly for Godskitchen, Gatecrasher and Cream to name but a few. His popularity has seen him DJ worldwide travelling to Canada, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Africa and all over Europe. Paul also continues to raise his profile in America where he tours the main cities on a regular basis. His hectic US tour schedules have paid off when BPM magazine voted him 15th in their 2003 top 100 DJs poll.

2003 was a great year for Paul back in the UK too, when he was voted 19th in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ poll. He was the highest climber with a massive leap of 57 places from his 2002 postion of 72. Paul also continues to present his successful Thursday night radio show “The Mix Down Session” on London's premiere dance station Kiss FM.


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