With a blistering groove and a backbeat that could kill at a hundred paces, Paul Jones is one of the UK´s most sought after drummers and is presently playing with the platinum selling urban pop sensation Labrinth.
Born and bred in London, he first picked up the sticks at the age of 12. Whilst studying electronics at Salford College Of Technology, he immersed himself in gigging within Manchester´s vibrant music scene; this led to him being picked to play for the girl group Cleopatra in 1998, supporting the Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium.
Moving back to London the following year saw him continue to play with a wide variety of artists such as Mica Paris, Modjo, Cyndi Lauper, Boney M, Imagination, Alison Limerick, Rahsaan Patterson, Rodney P and the jazz funk legend Don Blackman amongst many others. His time with the groundbreaking futuristic hip-hop/soul group Spacek saw him hit upon his inimitable approach to integrating electronic and acoustic kit elements.
“It was a sound that was impossible to totally recreate acoustically, so Morgan Zarate (one third of Spacek) and I put our heads together to come up with a way to incorporate triggering the samples into my regular setup; I called Andy Gangadeen for some help and the rest is history”.
His undeniable feel, sense of dynamics and versatility keeps people knocking at his door. Factor in his love for the underground scene and electronic music and it´s clear to see why he’s spent much of the last year on the road with Labrinth; this year alone, Paul has played London’s Wireless Festival, the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, Ibiza Rocks, T4 On The Beach and Norway’s VG Lista 2012. as well as showcases in New York and at the infamous Viper Room in LA.