Profile

A DJ since 1995, Paul has headlined gigs at top clubs globally for the last ten years. He is resident DJ and promoter of Floorplay, a monthly night at the glamorous Club NL in Amsterdam, bringing in the likes of Danny Howells and Omid 16B to perform. He is also much in demand to perform at music conferences, festivals, fashion shows and numerous beach parties. As a producer he has recorded one some of the world’s top house labels including Sexonwax, Baroque, Silver Planet and Ready Mix.

He mixed the 11 Years Of Silver Planet mix album in 2008, and has signed his first single entitled Landguard  (co-produced with Edgar Duijff) to Ferry Corsten's Aleph Records. Weekender and Waveheat to Ferry Corsten label. Melodic hit Anorok followed on NYC’s Alter Image Recordings, after which Paul took a fresh direction.  Teaming up with Dave Brickwood, 2012 saw productions such as Release Me Now and Moderate signed to UK label Baroque, Stay Away was released on Babylon and Paul went on to sign a full EP to Omid 16’s Sexonwax Recordings. Cuba is set for release on Strom after having received support from the key jocks, and Paul has even had time to turn in three hot remixes, one of the David Kassi track Moonglow, one for Ban Off records and one for Flapper Records, both based in Italy. Flapper Recs is also bringing Paul's 'Heaven and Earth and 'Maniac' with 'Heaven and Earth' getting a full release on Ban Off Music.

Paul has a long history of radio and for three years presented 365LiveRadio. The two-hour Friday night show was syndicated across the world by ID&T's Dance Tunes and featured live mixes and exclusive interviews with the top DJs and producers. Paul also hosted Global Dance Selection on Red Bull Music Academy for a year before studio commitments and a hectic travel schedule meant he decided to record a monthly podcast on the move to share his music with his audience.

This hard-working British DJ has played in the US, Israel, Sweden, Germany, Dubai, Russia, Bahrain, Finland and Belgium and his native UK. He has rocked tours of America, headlined unforgettable clubnights in Tel Aviv, wild beach parties in Egypt (in 40 degree heat), reputable music conferences such London Calling, Stockholm Electronica and Amsterdam Dance Event, a boat party in Dublin, an intimate back street club in Edinburgh, sell-out gigs in Honululu during Mardi Gras, played barefoot on the sand in Grand Cayman, rocked the prestigeous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and many more gigs keep this focussed DJ at the top of his game in 2013.

 



Full biography

Paul's life has pretty much been shaped by music, from the tapes his parents played endlessly on the car stereo to the piano and guitar lessons he (grudgingly) took. Then he found a passion for drums, towards the mid to late 80s. He was blown away by New Order, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys during sneaky late night radio-listening sessions. He first got into dance music in 1990, inspired by the new wave of DJs on the radio, particularly Pete Tong, and the explosion of UK electronic music being pressed onto vinyl. His developed a real passion for vinyl, fascinated by how sounds could come from a stylus and a slab of plastic. The early 90s were all about a new sound and a new era; Paul quickly found that house music was to shape his life in a way he could have never imagined back then.


Paul aged 13

His formative DJ gigs took place in 1992, setting up a pirate radio station to play the latest sounds and promoting early basement parties with friends. He launched his first ever club night in 1994; no-one came and Paul wasnt asked back! He stuck at it, however, and began making a name for himself with his own club nights (Vinyl Frontier and Re:Mission) north of London in 1995, becoming quite an entrepreneur and promotor. By Autumn 1996, his events has slowly but surely started to take off. Word was spreading. Looking at other ways to further himself in the scene, he began pushing new European import 12inch tracks to record labels and distribution centres, building his contacts and gaining a reputation as a talent scout, his ears always after the next big thing. This willingness to knock on door saw him eventually appointed the high-profile position of job of A+R man for Ministry of Sound in 1998.

After many years of DJing all over the UK, including guest slots all over Europe, Paul decided to move to Amsterdam in 2000. He organised some of the cities top parties in clubs such as Panama, Sol, Club NL, 020, Strand West and Jimmy Woo. His reputation for high quality house music and his ability to promote a well-organised event with quality DJs saw him quickly booked to play all over Holland, including top clubs such as Mansion, Thalia Lounge, Escape, Studio 80, Kroon and many beach parties.

Paul began touring internationally from 2001, playing regularly in the US, Israel (Haoman17 /Ultrasound/ Coma2), Sweden (Stockholm Electronica), Germany (Stereo Garten, Munich), UK (various) and Dubai (Tangerine). America in particular is a point of popularity for Paul, touring the country 12 times since 2001, playing in New York, DC, Seattle, Philadelphia, Portland, Rayleigh, New Haven, Cayman Islands and even Honolulu recently for Silver Planet / 365Mag.

                      
A plane, great

Paul is always hard at it in the studio, mixing the 11 Years Of Silver Planet compilation album in 2008, and has signed his first single entitled Landguard  (co-produced with Edgar Duijff) to Ferry Corsten's Aleph Records. Weekender and Waveheat to Ferry Corsten label. Melodic hit Anorok followed on NYC’s Alter Image Recordings, after which Paul took a fresh direction.  Teaming up with Dave Brickwood, 2012 saw productions such as Release Me Now and Moderate were signed to UK label Baroque, Stay Away was released on Babylon and Paul went on to sign a full EP to Omid 16’s Sexonwax Recordings. Cuba is set for release on Strom after having received support from the key jocks, and Paul has even had time to turn in three hot remixes, one of the David Kassi track Moonglow, one for Ban Off records and one for Flapper Records, both based in Italy. Flapper Recs is also bringing Paul's 'Heaven and Earth and 'Maniac' with 'Heaven and Earth' getting a full release on Ban Off Music.  


Silver Planet LP

Paul hosts 365LiveRadio, a weekly Friday night show (8-10pm) which is syndicated across the world by ID&T's Dance Tunes.  Paul also has time for a new monthly podcast kicking off in January 2011, a 60 minute mix each and every month containing the very best new music Paul finds on his travels. Paul has a long history of radio and for three years presented 365LiveRadio. The two-hour Friday night show was syndicated across the world by ID&T's Dance Tunes and featured live mixes and exclusive interviews with the top DJs and producers. The show has featured live mixes and exclusive interviews with Danny Howells, Sander K, Danny Tenaglia, Pako & Frederik, James Zabiela, Christian Smith, Skylark, Omid 16B, Nic Fanciulli, Paul Harris, Futureshock, King Unique, Booka Shade and many many more.Paul also hosted Global Dance Selection on Red Bull Music Academy for a year before studio commitments and a hectic travel schedule meant he decided to record a monthly podcast on the move to share his music with his audience.

 
365LiveRadio

Paul was former editor of 365Mag.com (formally Xpander.nl) from 2002 -2007. He oversaw the growth of the globe's leading dance portal, and he contributed columns and reviews for many top dance publications until 2008, when he decided to concentrate on his DJing and production enterprises.


Paul's own Floorplay parties, starting in 2008, continue to go from strength to strength, with the likes of Danny Howells, Omid 16B, 16Bit Lolitas, Yoshitoshi's Nick K, Sound of Love's Robert Feelgood and the USA's James West and Evan Alexander rocking the house. 2013 shows no sign of slowing up, with Paul embarking on a series of 5hr sets. Extra event This Is True House Legends has featured DJ Roog, Marnix, Marcella, Dimitri and many more. Danny Howells is set to make his 3rd appearance at Floorplay in May for the Floorplay 5th birthday. 

 
Floorplay @ Club NL

 
Discography
BCML & Paul Sparkes 'Fun/Ladysparkes' (Silver Planet, UK, 2004)
Fadoua Mae 'Signs' (MJPS remix) (2Recordz, 2004)
BCML & MJPS 'The Mule' (CDR, 2005)
Muzikjunki & Paul Sparkes 'Closer Than You' (F2 Records, Holland, 2005)
Ben Camp & Paul Sparkes 'May Music' (Silver Planet, UK, 2005)
Ben Camp & Paul Sparkes 'Robots' (Silver Planet, UK, 2006)
NGE & Paul Sparkes 'Response' (Alter Image Recordings, 2007)
Edgar Duijff & Paul Sparkes 'Landguard' (Aleph Recordings, 2008)
Edgar Duijff & Paul Sparkes 'Weekender' (Aleph Recordings, 2008)
Edgar Duijff & Paul Sparkes 'Waveheat' (Alter Image Recordings, 2009)
Paul Sparkes & Stephen Fox 'Anorok' (Alter Image Recordings, 2010)
The Hoosiers 'Unlikely Hero' (Paul Sparkes & Joa-G remix) (unsigned, 2010)
Paul Sparkes & Dave Brickwood feat Irwin 'Space & Time' (unsigned, 2011)
Paul Sparkes & Dave Brickwood 'Moderate/Release Me Now' (Baroque, 2012)
Paul Sparkes 'Spiritual Thing' (unsigned, 2011)
Chiapet 'Westworld' (Paul Sparkes remix) (unsigned, 2011)
Paul Sparkes 'Saturday Fever' (unsigned, 2011)
Paul Sparkes ´Break U Down EP´ (unsigned, 2012)
Paul Sparkes 'Stay Away' (Babylon Recs, UK, 2012)
Paul Sparkes 'Moscow Flight' (Flappers Recs, Italy, 2012)
Paul Sparkes 'Maniac'  (Ban Off Music, 2012)
Paul Sparkes 'Heaven and Earth' (Ban Off Music, 2012)  
David Kassi 'Moonglow' (Paul Sparkes remix) (Ready Mix Recs, Canada, 2012)
Paul Sparkes & Dave Brickwood 'Cuba' (Strom, 2012) 
Paul Sparkes 'Late Night Lide'  (unsigned)