“Aside from being a lifelong fan, I want to participate in music and collaborate with other musicians.”
Paul Kent is a British solo instrumentalist who was active as a guitarist with several bands during the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2015 Paul has been self-producing guitar-orientated instrumental music. He has also collaborated with vocalists and other musicians on the DIY, independent music scene.
Great pop music is simple, provides catchy rhythm and will give the listener a quick burst of emotion. Paul’s music is very much rooted in Pop. And over the years, his music has gained more depth, while also staying true to his working class roots.
Paul’s main guitar influences are Jimi Hendrix, Mike Oldfield, George Harrison and Andy Summers. Inspiration comes from Prog Rock, Electronic and Psychedelia. Paul enjoys listening to Soul Music and Jazz, influencing the rhythm style.
Early Years (1980s-1990s)
Paul’s first guitar was a second-hand Westbury which cost about £70 in 1986. By the time his first rock band Friction gigged local venues in London, he had bought a beat-up Peavy valve amp. Friction probably sounded like MC5, Stooges or Black Sabbath.
Paul’s next band Freak Scene evolved into a tight, eccentric, indie-rock combo. Think Iggy Pop fronting The Cardiacs. They performed at some notable venues in London, including Hope & Anchor, Water Rats and Dublin Castle. Freak Scene recorded an E.P. at The Lodge studios in Northampton.
Throughout the 2000s Paul worked as a Graphic Designer in the advertising industry, often editing music and graphics for software applications and TV.
Paul was soon recording experimental music using a friend’s 4-track tape machine. Then built up his own studio set-up, combining analog and digital techniques.
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