© Paul Bannister

How do you describe your music to people, Paul?

Audio for Visuals. My most recent compositions could be described as Orchestral Electronic.

How long have you been playing for/ being a music producer?

I have been playing guitar for around 10 years I’d say. I started studying Music Production/Technology in 2006 with a two year gap.

Which famous musicians have you learned from? Why?

Boards of Canada and Tom Waits to name a couple. They have inspired me to attempt to create “new” sounds and not just use generic loops, samples etc.

When or what event led you to decide to create music?

Being taught how to play guitar by my dad.

What kinds of moments inspire you the most? When is it that you feel most compelled to make music?

Usually after hearing an innovative project by someone else.

What are you listening to at the moment?

According to my iTunes top 25 recently played list…. Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Boards of Canada, Amon Tobin, Quasi, Old 97’s, Sufjan Stevens, Tom Waits, Panda Bear and more.

Any of your songs been published like albums, CDs? If not yet, do you have such plans like that in the near future?

Not yet. I plan to continue working with other artists on their material as well as composing my own. Once I have a good variety to showcase I aim to get them published/sync’d.

What are your immediate music career goals? For example, next 1 to 3 years/some information about your next records?

Collaborate on multiple projects to gain more skills, knowledge and exposure. Start building my own professional project studio and continue looking for opportunities.

What are your views on the local music scene at the moment?

Although many venues have closed down over the past few years there still seems to be opportunities for bands/artists to perform. However there isn’t many successful recording studios in Preston at the moment. Hopefully that will change in the future.

Do you think artists and bands in Preston and surrounding areas that should be getting more recognition and acknowledgment they deserve?

I’d say there are limited amounts of recognition for artists in the surrounding areas. Websites such as this are great to promote material, as are sites such as SoundCloud. Although there may not be much local recognition, artists have the opportunities to search for it elsewhere.



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