Paul Morrisey

Paul Morrissey started deejayjing back in the mid-seventies, long before it became cool to be a Dj. Growing up listening to R&B his love of all music Black & American was the natural step forward. His influences being the likes of Marvin Gaye, Motown & especially the Philly Sound which became his launch pad. In between his school studies he was known locally for his parties at various functions in his native Bristol. As well as his infamous soul parties he secured a stand in spot at a local venue called Fanny's, this soon became his own residency playing his mixture of Soul & Funk.

Over the years Paul moved on from one residency to another always securing a good following of people hungry for his love of everything Soulful.

The late 70's saw Paul take a long running residency at Bath's famous Tiffany's & guesting at various Bristol nights with Soul stalwarts Seymour & Dennis Richards. His guest spots kept him busy at the weekends travelling from Plymouth to Birmingham & South Wales to London. During this period Paul had great successes using Dj's from across the West Country for his Soul Movement alldayers attracting people from far & wide.

When not spending his weekends in a Dj booth, Paul & his friends would be off searching for the soul at The Royalty; Southgate, The Goldmine; Canvey Island, The Rio; Didcot or a all-dayer or northern allnighter. Travelling the length & breath of the UK Paul's influences covered everything from Northern to Jazz-Funk.

In 1984 Paul Morrissey was invited to guest at Nicky Holloway's London Bridge gig, The Royal Oak. Paul went on to become a regular & to play at Nicky's Doo's At The Zoo, The Special Branch Bognor Weekenders & the original Special Branch in Ibiza. Other regular guest spots came playing next to the likes of one Paul Oakenfold in darkest Stretham at Ziggy's with Trevor Fung.

Around this time Paul bought his night club Sanbourne's in Bristol. Hosting his weekly soul nights with the likes of Nicky Holloway, Trevor Fung & The Soul Mafia's own Robbie Vincent & Chris Hill. Sanbourne's also boasted its own 6T's night & a residency by Bristol's Wild Bunch (now Massive Attack).

These gigs brought him to the attention of the Caister Weekender promoters who invited Paul to join the Caister Crew at their bi annual events. Having been a punter at the Norfolk weekender this was a long time dream.

During the nineties Paul had long running residencies at Bristol's House club Lakota & for nights such as Fish Dude, Revolution, Gorgeous & Karanga still pioneering his unique Soul sound.

In the late nineties Paul reverted back to his roots & began guesting at numerous nights in the South of England playing his mixture of Soul, Funk, Jazz-Funk & Boogie. As well as his guest spots Paul has been deejayjing alongside his long time friend Andy Smith the Portishead tour DJ.

In 2002 Paul & Dynamo Productions (Andy Smith & Scott Hendy) moved into a year long residency in room 3 at Fabric. At the beginning of 2003 Paul & Andy took over a new monthly residency at Steve Lawler's "Harlem Nights" in London's west end club The END with an eclectic mix of Soul, Funk, Disco and Boogie. Paul's rep of gigs has grown and grown with guest spots at Bristol's Drive By, Cardiff's Lamerica, Garage City with Bobby & Steve and once again guesting alongside his long time friend Andy Smith at London's world famous Jazz CafÈ.

And after a five year Soulful House residency at Mbargo in Bristol, Paul is back on the road again with his eclectic LoveSoul nights and Bristol's bi-monthly Defected In The House residency at the Platform-1 Club.

Paul has been a stalwart of the pro audio industry as Technical Manager at the Vestax Corporation responsible for a number of their top products including the Carl Cox signature mixer, the PMC-CX. Paul later went on to join Soundcraft as the Product Manager responsible for bringing back the UREI product range. Since 2007 Paul has been busy running his own company Analog Developments and steering the revival of the all-new Bozak product range, which is history in the making.

House, Northern Soul, Motown, Disco, Jazz-Funk or Boogie, his collection is so eclectic and with some 30 plus years of experience as a DJ, his love of everything soulful continues ever stronger. To quote Dr Bob Jones "It's cool to be a Dj in your 20's, when you hit 30, you're an old bastard, but once you're into your 40's you're cool again" It's nice that Paul's back in the cool zone again.

With diverse musical influences, Rueben Wilson, James Brown, Maze, Marvin Gaye, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, Eddie Henderson, Grant Green, Blackbyrds, MFSB, Lamont Dozier, Mary J Blige, Teddy Pendergrass, Blaze.....he's still loving the music.