There are two types of people in the music business, the ones that get their hands well and truly dirty and those who don’t bother. Winchester born Paul Sawyer is no doubt of the former; a driven musical multitasker completely immersed in the ocean of electronic music. Paul’s love for harmony and melody began at a young age as he began to master various instruments, starting bands with school friends and playing local gigs. Inspired by his younger brother, one of the original DJ’s on the free rave scene around Hampshire, Paul would later start to learn the art of mixing once the parties had started to move into clubs; developing a serious vinyl habit & embracing the pioneering, cutting edge dance music of the time.

As the expansion of the house music movement started to take hold of the early 90’s, Paul’s DJ career blossomed as a valued resident at a flurry of new, enticing clubbing hotspots around the home counties, including the House of Windsor parties, of which his first appearance involved warming up for major influencer and teenage hero Sasha.

Ibiza started to call in ‘93, so Paul packed up his records and spent a season spinning in various bars on the White Isle, gaining a solid reputation as a skilled DJ. He subsequently secured a residency the following year at The Star Club (now Eden) playing weekly alongside legends such as Carl Cox and The Prodigy. Once arriving back in the UK, Paul was invited to become a part of the Menage a Trois parties, starting a fruitful 10 year career as a promoter and DJ for the now infamous brand; hosting parties on every continent, plus warming up for some of the biggest names in dance music including Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold & John Digweed.

By the late noughties Paul was cited one of DJ Mag’s Top 10 Resident DJ’s in the UK and quoted by Mixmag as a DJ to look out for. Feeling inspired he took the jump and started his own label, EJ Underground, delivering quality cuts from all genres of house music; later developing to focus on the deep tech and progres- sive vibes that were increasing in popularity. After a chance meeting at the first Brighton Music Conference with Endemic Digital boss Darren Braddick, the duo embarked on a lucrative new partnership merging their labels and launched the Krafted Music Group.

An inevitable foray into production followed shortly after the launch of Krafted, with multiple releases under the groups umbrella; alongside originals with Konneqt, Whartone Records, Sweep the Floor and Cockpitch Records amongst others.

Paul’s new project Soultrak, with long time free-party buddy and fellow DJ Paul Moore is making waves across the underground, while his original deep house and tech productions are gleaning support from industry key players such as Mark Knight, Paco Osuna, Sam Divine, Tensnake, Miguel Camp- bell & Stacey Pullen. Paul’s remix of Soultrak’s Salute the Floor ft Belu- ah reached #7 in the Beatport Minimal Techno Chart, and his debut release with Konneqt ‘Mutants’ has been a hit on the international techno floors while 2014’s ‘Keys’ on Sounds of Juan peaked in the Beatport Techno Chart at #18.

Krafted has quickly transformed into something of a powerhouse since it’s in- ception in early 2014 and is now the daddy to 10 labels dividing and conquering all shades of house music. Krafted first distributed podcasts to a range of digital stations across the world, before moving onto launching their own station in Autumn 2015, featuring exclusive guest mixes from the likes of Rene Amesz, Weiss, AM2PM, ANNA, The Martinez Brothers, Doorly, Mr C and Dave Seaman to name a few.

Paul now hosts his own show with his partner in crime Simon Sinfield as The Cloudshapers, another collaboration that has started to gain momentum with a steady stream of releases on Base Music, Suffused Music and various imprints. Watch this space for future releases already signed to Toolroom Records and more.

2014 and 15 saw Paul spin at B’estfest to 64,000 people, Blissfields, End Up & Soundscape in San Francisco, Glass Butter Beach and the mighty Bestival. EJ Underground celebrated their 100th release, Krafted’s partnership with online dance music and nightlife authority Decoded Magazine has started to take root, with the crews combing forces to host parties at Amsterdam Dance Event and London’s Ministry of Sound.

2016 sees the return of both Paul and Soultrak to Ministry of Sound, a new monthly residency in Bournemouth under the Krafted banner, a return to Los Angeles in May to play Avalon and also Airpusher in San Francisco, as well as dates in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Also providing music reviews for DMC World Magazine, feature articles for Zone Magazine, Ireland and also Business Development Manager at Decoded Magazine, Paul is establishing a firm foothold within the industry.

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