Paul’s latest and most exciting project is live drummer for Tiny Giant. Former Pure Reason Revolution band mate Chloe Alper, teamed up with multi-instrumentalist and MOBO and Grammy nominated sound engineer Mat Collis to form ‘Tiny Giant’.
Tiny Giant have released 3 singles via Black Pig Records and are set to release their debut album. Tiny Giant have been championed by BBC Introducing and Music Week, played on numerous National Radio stations, reviewed in many publications including NME and Vanity Fair and nominated ‘Best New Comers’ in Classic Rock Magazine readers poll.
Paul and Tiny Giant have gained a formidable reputation for their live performances, which include AYL Festival, OXJAM, Reading+Leeds Festivals, and UK tour support for Jane Getter.
Paul’s first career break came with electro-pop artist Mr Fogg in 2006. During his time playing for Mr Fogg, Paul had his first opportunities to play at major UK festivals, venues and live on national radio.
Soon after Paul was noticed by Jon Courtney of Pure Reason Revolution (PRR). Before long, Paul became a full time member of the progressive-electronic-rock outfit, touring the UK, Europe and the US. The act were signed to Sony/BMG, and their career saw them release four albums, the likes of which gathered much critical acclaim.
In 2011 PRR disbanded and Paul was asked to take up drum duties for Scroobius Pip, one of the UK’s leading spoken word/hip hop exponents. With Pip and the ‘Distraction Pieces Band’, Paul enjoyed the success of sold out tours in the UK and Ireland, extensive European tours, and highly anticipated appearances at some of the UK and Ireland’s largest festivals.
In the autumn of 2014 Paul was called upon to tour around the UK and Ireland with B.Dolan, a highly respected American hip hop artist, being released on Scroobius Pip’s own record label ‘Speech Development Records’. Paul continues to work with Scroobius Pip, B.Dolan and other artists associated with Speech Development records.
In 2013 Paulbecame a member of dual-drummer alt-rock super group; Red Kite, fronted by ex-Cooper Temple Clause guitarist and singer Dan Fisher. As well as gaining a reputation as an exciting and ferocious live band, Red Kite released their debut album ‘Songs For Crow’ in 2014 to high regard.
During 2014 Paul had the opportunity to play prestigious venue shows and major folk festival appearances with BBC Award winning folk artist Lisa Knapp, demonstrating Paul’s ability to adapt to his musical situation.
Paul has a keen love of Jazz and Big Band and regularly plays with Jazz acts such as, Reading University Big Band, The Tomcats, Cousin Mary and his own jazz act ‘The Hengist Quartet’.
Paul is passionate about learning, education, and access to music for all. He has many years experience of playing and studying drums, as well as teaching in widespread and varied situations, with a great diversity of people. A true musician, Paul is committed to constant improvement, practicing daily. Paul studied for many years under the watchful eye of drumming legend Bob Armstrong; one of the UK’s leading drum tutors. Paul offers one-on-one lessons from his studio in Reading to all ages and abilities. His teaching style is characterised by a comprehensive, bottom-up approach that offers students a structured and measured framework in which to develop their playing.
Working both out of his own studio and in established recording facilities, Paul has found himself in demand for various creative endeavours, commercial or otherwise. This has seen him recording drum tracks for a variety of artists, producers, adverts, and library projects.
Paul’s drum clinics and master classes are an excellent platform for him to express himself as an artist and to demonstrate and share his knowledge and passion for his instrument. Paul has been involved with a variety of master classes and clinics, notably selling-out his first joint headline master class with fellow drummer Dan Western in April 2013. Paul continues to deliver master classes and clinics to a wide variety of audiences.
Paul is a seasoned workshop facilitator with over a decade of experience. Paul regularly leads diverse groups of varying numbers for various companies, organisations and charities. He is able to direct groups both large and small ensuring participants benefit from engaging with the activity and enjoy the process of learning. Paul has extensive experience in delivering African, Samba, and freestyle percussion workshops to a wide variety of groups; including nursery, primary, secondary, college and university students. Elderly community groups and care homes. Music students. Homeless, at risk and special needs. Disabled groups of both young and adult including mobility impaired.
Keen to give back to his community and make music accessible to all, Paul has been involved with many outreach projects. Notably in 2014 Paul oversaw the management, planning and delivery of the Whitley Soundtracks project; a sonic snapshot and aural collage of the sounds, voices, stories and music that represent the people and places of Whitley, Reading. Strategies ranged from drumming, to drawing, talking, writing and performing, to unlock the participants’ wealth of knowledge, experience and memories of their community. The culmination for the project was a multi-media art installation at community arts festival ‘Whitfest’.
Drumming is a powerful tool; which is used to energise, empower and engage any group or team. Paul can turn any group or team into a functioning percussion/drumming band in less than an hour. Every member of the group becomes important, empowering each other to work as one team. This promotes trust, team bonding, passion and energy. This is a great exercise for any company or organisation looking for an interesting, creative and memorable way to bond with their team and make them more effective in their work place.