A.Paul Biography

A.Paulwas born in Lisbon (Portugal) in 1971. His first contact with music was at theage of 6 through the influence of his older sister who was really into thefunky disco sound. His musical roots are deeply connected with great musicianssuch as George Benson, Imagination, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Earth Wind andFire, Michael Jackson, and later with Kraftwerk, true pioneers of what we nowcall electronic music.....

Healso received some electro and hip-hop vibes from the 80..s, and by thetime acid house hit Europe by the end of the decade, he was already mixing forsome time, making some parties with his own equipment, and his work wasrecognized by the portuguese dj J. Daniel, who gave him the opportunity in 91to start playing as a resident in a club that held the capacity for a 1000people and also invited him to work at his record shop and with whom he alsoreleased his first vinyl record in 94, on his imprint Question of Time. Thisrecord was also licensed to the mythical Italian label UMM. This was a time ofgreat discovery in music, made A.Paul forge and polish his own style of musicand skills as well, leading him to become resident of two of the mostcharismatic clubs at that time, Climacz in 94 and Kremlin in 96 both in Lisbon.

In 1995, after his first international gig in Augsburg - Germany, he became thetechno import manager for Illegal Records in Lisbon, and with this new step heis able to get all the latest promos of techno, and release his music on hisown labels, first Squeeze Records with another 2 portuguese djs, and later onhis own Onh.Cet. This was the when he got definitely addicted to techno music,absorbing all the new influences from Detroit, Chicago, the first minimal wavefrom Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Joey Beltram, and also theEuropean faction with The Advent, Surgeon, Luke Slater, James Ruskin, SteveRachmad, Maurizio among a lot of other artists and labels that deeply inspiredhim throughout the years.....

Thenext couple of years A.Paul released music for other international labels whichmade his name more popular hence leading to an expectable increase of gigs inhis country, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany and Denmark.

When he joined the X-Club agency and party organization company in 1997, hefinally had the chance to play regularly with all the top techno and house djsone can imagine, transcending new ways of understanding the art of djing,different styles of music, and the chance to start co-producing music withrenowned artists and establishing good friendships with them, even remaining incontact with some of them today. Besides music, he also embraces a new artisticpassion with visuals, being the graphic designer for X-Club for over 2 years,and created his own visuals company - ‘Oblivion Visual Concepts’.

In 2001 he opened an online record shop called Genesis Records, which grew tothe point that he had to open an actual shop, promoting techno and new stylesof open minded music like no other place in Portugal. He also created a labelfor the shop where he released a few records.....

Thefollowing years were filled with remarkable success, increased popularity,which made him become the Best Portuguese Techno Dj 3 years in a row, voted bythe readers of Dance Club Magazine, the main media vehicle for dance music inPortugal.

New projects and ideas kept coming, he created Mooshi Mooshi a merchandisingshop, he founded Secret Society, a night in Lisbon dedicated to techno, andmore recently he opted to quit all his other activities (design, promoting,chronicle writer and record reviewer), dedicating himself strictly to musicproduction and djing. He feels more active than ever and finally he is breakingsome of his own boundaries, producing from tech-house under the pseudonymLuther Miek, techno as A.Paul and one cannot forget his rebel soul which ismanifested in his minimal and experimental works this time under the alias ofLoudon Kleer.....