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Paolo Mojo

Paperclip People with a penchant for sinister David Lynch stylings.. this is gritty groove fixated funk that oozes east London lucre and glacial mid-west beauty"

Muzik Magazine reviews The Big MOJO, October 2000 Paolo has always enjoyed a wide and varied take on dance music. Name checking Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Masters at Work, Sasha, and Derrick May as key influences, his sound is a lush hybrid of the very best elements of house music, with melody and innovations always to the fore. Never afraid to take a chance by dropping music that might be considered too risky for others, Paolo consistently pulls off the unexpected by constructing his sets with a unique sense of timing and occasion, with mixing skills and programming that at times are simply breathtaking.

His heritage is a strong one. Fired up from the early teenage experiences of the Blackburn rave scene at the turn of the 90’s he began mixing early in 1991, and by 1992 he was playing underground parties in his native Merseyside, North Wales and (slightly later) Stoke on Trent. Moving to Sheffield in 1993 allowed him to hone further the bass laden groovy house sound he had championed for the past two years, with a liberal injection of US house from this most Stateside of UK cities. Seminal extended sets from David Morales, MAW, Deep Dish, Roger Sanchez and the as yet unheralded Danny Tenaglia left a lasting impression, and housey excursions in the Music Factory under the Aphrodisiac banner and warm up slots for Cuba @ Kiwi’s were the rewards - followed in 1994-5 by a series of underground parties in South London with Dave Dorrell.

In 1997 he took the plunge and moved to London and has been running around the capital and the south coast ever since, organising parties with like-minded friends. In 1998 Sony PlayStation were sufficiently impressed to sign up the Paolo and Desyn Symphonic double act to DJ at its sponsored events. The pair honed their skills at large scale events such as the inaugural Creamfields and V98 festivals, spinning to a cast of thousands alongside such names as Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and David Morales. Paolo also played a memorable set alongside Danny Howells at the PlayStation 2nd Birthday in London. Howells was sufficiently impressed to call the promoters of Hastings Pier, the original home of Bedrock and recommend they book Paolo in his stead during a tour of Australia in 1999. Predictably Paolo tore the place apart at the first time of asking. Due to public demand he was rewarded with a summer series of gigs across the south coast from Hastings, to Bournemouth, Brighton Cornwall and Worthing. Guest spots quickly followed at Turnmills, ADII, Subterrenia / Jackpot and Gadia and the residencies at Symphony and Proper (in London and Barcelona).

In 1997 he also founded Symphonic with DJ collaborator Desyn Masiello – a music promotions company dedicated solely to their vision of ‘twisted funky house’. Clients such as Alola, Disclosure, Sunkissed, Teknolgy, Protea, Tonkin, Alternative Route and Barracuda are on the roster of this small but perfectly formed promo company. The policy of less is more serving only limited numbers of each track - served them well in building a groundswell of respect with the industry. Close working partner Chapple Davis handles radio promotion for many of the UK's major labels and artists (i.e. Cevin Fisher on Subversive, Paul Van Dyk on Deviant).

Searching for a new clubbing identity, Paolo and Desyn began The Big Mojo in 1999. Enlisting close friend and world renowned producer / DJ Omid 16b Nourizadeh, the trio hit on a previously underused Piccadilly venue. The trio’s fantastic emotive house sets combined with an unrivalled vibe and atmosphere soon made Mojo parties a top priority for any self respecting clubber, with the three often playing one-on one-off and mixing together across four decks to rapturous response.

In March 2001 Paolo released the double CD demo "Music is Freedom" to unprecedented acclaim, receiving rave reviews from all over the world. Highlights included Muzik magazine awarding the mix Bedroom Bedlam award winner (June 2001), and securing gigs all over the world from Los Angeles to Eilat. London based Enter Music, agents for global artists CocoDaSilva, Peace Division, Red Jerry, Tom Stephan, Nathan Coles and Jan Driver were quick to snap up Paolo and look set to raise his global profile even higher throughout 2001 and beyond.

In 2001 the Mojo brand has gone from strength to strength and has been taken across the world, particularly the US, with several parties staged and scheduled for Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Paolo is touring the UK and Ireland in May with Desyn and the Mojo soundstystem.

In addition to this Paolo and Desyn have begun Symphonic Recordings, an exciting label set up with the backing of Amato Distributors and managed by the team behind Alternative Route Recordings and the A&R scouts for Hooj Choons and Rhythm Syndicate.

Symphonic has an exciting schedule for 2001. Drawing heavily on the strengths gained A&Ring for Hooj Choons, Disclosure and Rhythm Syndicate, and the fantastic Alternative Route label there are several formidable releases lined up. First release is Narcotic's "Conditions", featured last year in its original form on Anthony Pappa's Nubreed Global Underground; and remixed by Portant Records. This is followed by an original composition from Hellpass; otherwise known as Kobayashi and creator of some stunning releases on Fluid Recordings. Following on from these the quite magnificent "Air Tattoo" from Synaesthasia; a forgotten progressive house classic from 1993 that is being relaunched complete with Hellpass and potentially Symphonic remixes. Last but not least Dutch producer Arno Asmus is creating an original composition for the label. Arno produces as Revolt and his tracks notably Moonlit Room and the forthcoming Freighttrain have been picked up by none other than John Digweed's Bedrock label.

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