A. Paul

paulA Paul is passionate techno DJ who is on the stage more than two decades. He started in 1995. Ten years later, he founded his own new label Naked Lunch. A.Paul has released over 100 vinyl records, several mixed CD compilations released in labels.

He was chosen for the best Portuguese DJ of this style, for several years, and his unique sound, taste, and technique, granted him a position on some of the best grandiose events.

CP: What’s the first song you ever loved?
I used to listen to a lot of disco and funk when I was a kid, was my musical school in a way. Maybe Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” , but it’s not easy to say, it’s been a while. I remember my first 12″ though, bought by my sister as a gift, was FGTH “Two Tribes”

CP: What is the first mix you ever liked?
There was a DJ in Portugal called Jorginho, that used to play awesome stuff on Radio Cidade, while it was still a pirate radio in the 80’s. I was always listening to his mixes, so I can say he inspired me a lot at the time, because he would play electronic music, while 99% of radios and clubs would play pop rock.

CP: What music do you have in your player in this period?
I listen to techno all week, either for work or pleasure, but I also like other stuff. Usually in the car when I drive somewhere. I can listen from Jazz to Classical, and also other styles of electronic music.

CP: Where did you play for the first time?
That would be around 1990 in a school party near my mother’s house. I was a bedroom DJ at that time, already mixing quite well, but that first gig was a little traumatic, since they had no monitors on the DJ booth, and the delay was huge, so I struggled to get my mixes right, and it was quite hard as you can imagine. But it was the beginning, I was immensely excited with it, and the experience was very important.

CP: What track of your own do you hate the most?
I’ve done over 1000 tracks by now, so for sure, I can’t say I’m proud of all of them. At one point in my career I was doing like 3 or 4 tracks a day, and I’ve released some material that needed more work. I wouldn’t say I hate them, but I do recognize those flaws when I listen to them.

CP: Who’s your favorite techno musician?
I would probably put in the same level of preference: Jeff Mills, The Advent, Luke Slater, but I do have a quite extensive list of producers I love, and there’s a new generation of techno producers that are pushing the envelope, and creating amazing stuff.

CP: Where did you have the best performance?
I play almost every weekend for the past 24 years so you can imagine I had some great shows along the way. I would probably say the first time I played at Awakenings, as is one of my favorite festivals worldwide, but then again, there are so many gig to remember, it’s hard to say for sure.

CP: What do you listen before you go on stage?
I usually don’t hear much music on the days of my gigs, with the exception of those times, where I had no time to prepare my set during the week, and end up doing it on my flights. But I do like going early to the club to listen to the other artists, always did that, and I still do.

CP: Are record labels still needed these days and why?
Sure, people need to have some sort of identification with a specific concept or sound style, and besides that labels still provide a bridge between the artists and the public. Although new technologies and social media can help, and make things a bit easier for artists, the competition is huge, and signing to a big label, still represents a strong marketing move, that can make a difference on how an artist can stand out from the rest.

CP: How does Naked Lunch Records, style in techno compare to the others?
Naked Lunch always tried to keep a very open minded view towards techno, and we’ve always released very different material. We release tracks from new talent and established producers, and we see techno as a whole, with all its different shades and moods. That’s the Naked Lunch spirit !

CP: You just finished the Mindgame and Mindgame Remixed albums, which included lots of your originals and also a massive compilation of remixes by several top techno artists. What were the highlights of this project?
It’s not the first time I release a project like this. I can agree it’s an epic venture, and I am very excited with how it turned out. The original album was produced last summer, and the remixes (100) have been released from January till the end of March, and we have a massive collection of techno gems.

CP: What Next for Naked Lunch?
Well, as a label, Naked Lunch will carry on with its mission of releasing quality techno music like we’ve been doing in the last 10 years, and we now also have a lot of other projects we’re focused on, like the weekly podcast, the agency and the events. Very exciting times ahead, the project is growing very fast, and we’re very happy with it. Stay tuned!