Right now Paul Morrell is one of the busiest DJ in house. With residencies at London’s The Gallery @ MOS and Club XXL, he has had a stellar summer with guests spots around the UK and abroad at Gatecrasher and more. His new single ‘No Ordinary Love’ has just dropped on Somn’thing Records with mega remixes from the legendary K-Klass and James Bluck. ‘No Ordinary Love’ is following on from a a strong of successful release for the midlands based DJ. DMCWORLD checks in…
How would you describe your sound?
I produce commercially accessible house music, usually with well-known or highly respected vocalists. I have previously collaborated with Boy George, Mutya Buena, Kimberly Wyatt, Kelly Leigh etc and have recorded numerous singles and Eps with these artists. This has given me a wealth of experience with both song writing and recording vocals, as well as producing radio friendly club records.
Who have you worked with in the industry in the past? .
As a DJ I have worked alongside highly prestigious artists such as Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Rudimental, Basement Jaxx etc. – I regularly tour & DJ at festivals and clubs across Europe, so I am always working with DJ’s in this calibre. In the studio, apart from the aforementioned names, I have also worked with vocalists including Amanda Wilson, Katherine Ellis & provided two remixes on British ‘Girl Group’ All Saints last album ‘Red Flag’.
When did you start making professional music?
I have always had a keen interest in music production and DJing, and from a very early age began writing tracks and producing remixes. My first production was in 2001 at the age of 19, and I have been producing music consistently since then. My first ‘commercially released’ remix was a remix of 4 Strings ‘Into The Night’ on Newstate Records. My sound has developed and changed a lot since then, however at the time it felt like a big achievement to have a piece of vinyl pressed with my name on it.
Why did you start making professional music?
I was massively influenced by a DJ / Producer called Rob Searle at the start of my career. I was Rob’s warm up DJ at Luminar’s flagship venue IKON in Coventry in the late 1990s, and was inspired by his success producing remixes for Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Kylie Minogue. Rob had a string of big remixes at the start of the 2000s and became a bit of a mentor to me when I started producing music of my own. I also enjoyed seeing the reaction as a DJ watching clubbers react to music that I had produced in a studio.
Who were your early inspirations?
I am influenced by all kinds of DJs and producers, and am constantly discovering new talent. At the beginning of my DJing career I was inspired by the huge British names of the time such as Boy George, Danny Rampling, Jeremy Healy and Sonique. However, from a production point of view I am hugely inspired by an array of people. Quincey Jones, Vince Clarke, Chris Lowe, David Guetta, Calvin Harris – So many people inspire what I do, it is extremely hard to pinpoint just one or two.
What are you plans for 2018?
2018 has been a fantastic year for me so far, and I am hoping that it continues to build in this way over the coming year. I have another track completed and ready for release which features the vocals of Amanda Wilson (vocalist on Avicii’s Bromance single). The track ‘Up in flames’ also features remixes from Dollyrockers and Game Chasers, and I am really excited about this release at the end of the year.
What is your favourite thing about making music?
My strength definitely lies in song writing, and I see this as my main creative talent. The track I wrote and produced for ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena, is possibly my most well-known track to date, and I absolutely love hearing it played by other DJs. It is a massive compliment to hear respected artists playing your music, and I would say this is one of the most gratifying things about producing music.
What is the most challenging thing about being an artist in 2018?
There is such a huge influx of DJs, producers and artists within every genre, that I feel the most challenging element of being an artist in 2018 is getting your music hear in the first place. It is such an easy process now for up and coming producers to create something in their bedroom, and mail it out to the entire EDM community via social media. This therefore means it is a lottery, and more about luck than actual talent.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I see everything as a steppingstone in my career, so I can’t really identify one specific thing as a ‘huge achievement’ – The fact I am still DJing weekly, and making a profitable career from what I do 20 years after I began is an achievement in itself. I think it is massively important to not become too hung up on ‘achieving things’ and just enjoy each little achievement in the moment etc.
What can your fans expect from your latest release?
The track ‘No Ordinary Love’ is a great vocal club track featuring Laura White. Laura has such a distinctive voice, and is notable for her work with Sigala, and providing the vocals on Galantis’ huge hit single ‘Love On Me’. As soon as I heard Laura’s vocal I knew that this track would work really well, and I am so pleased with the finished piece. As well as this, Grammy award nominated production duo K-Klass have provided a killer ‘classic piano house’ inspired remix which has currently gained massive support.
What was the concept for this new single
I had produced a very melancholic instrumental, and was looking for a moody vocal to add to it. My manager, Natalie suggested Laura as a feature, and the rest is history! There was no big real concept or planning involved – we just got together and came up with the track!
‘No Ordinary Love’ is OUT now on Somn’thing Records. Stream or Download Paul’s new single here: