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An inevitable foray into production followed shortly after the launch of Krafted, with multiple releases under the groups umbrella; alongside originals with Robbie Rivera's Juicy Traxx (Armada Music), Bonzai, Konneqt, Whartone Records, Sweep the Floor, Suffused Music, Nueva Recordings, Family Grooves and Pineapple Digital amongst others. His original deep house and tech productions are gleaning support from industry key players such as Mark Knight, Paco Osuna, Sam Divine, Tensnake, Miguel Campbell & Nicole Moudaber, plus many, many more.
Paul's remix of Redux Saints 'DTLA' peaked at #3 in the Beatport Breaks Chart in August 2017 & Soultrak's Salute the Floor reached #7 in the Beatport Minimal Techno Chart. The previous year, Paul’s ‘Keys’ on Sounds of Juan peaked in the Beatport Techno Chart at #18.
Krafted has quickly transformed into something of a powerhouse since it’s inception in early 2014 and now owns three renamed imprints due to the impact that Krafted has had on the industry already, plus a number affiliated labels, conquering all shades of house music. Contracted to Toolroom for supplying tracks for their compilations was a milestone gained at the start of 2017, as well as supplying tracks for Mark Knight's Toolroom Radio show. Also gaining airplay from Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Capital Radio, and a whole host of worldwide stations, Krafted have been a firm fixture in a number of playlists.
Krafted first distributed signature podcasts to a range of digital stations across the world, before moving onto launching their own station in Autumn 2015 featuring exclusive guest mixes from the likes of Rene Amesz, Weiss, Saytek, ANNA, The Martinez Brothers, Mr C, Nina Kraviz, D Ramirez and Dave Seaman to name a few. Paul now hosts his own show on US based station Proton Radio, named Textures of Me following the success of his podcast under the same name that gains over 10k listens every month which now broadcasts every month on Amsterdam's EJR Radio and Krafted Radio.
During the last few years Paul has spun at Airpusher (San Francisco), Bedrock, Union (Los Angeles), B’estfest (Romania) to 64,000 people, Trash (Rotterdam), Blissfields, Glass Butter Beach and the mighty Bestival; his imprint EJ Underground, now Krafted Underground, celebrated their 100th release; Krafted's partnership with online dance music and nightlife authority Decoded Magazine started to take root, with the crews combing forces to host parties at Amsterdam Dance Event and London's Ministry of Sound. Hosted regular events at London’s Ministry of Sound and also Egg, as well as regularly flying to the US and Rotterdam.
2017 sees the launch of his new 'Textures' show on New York's Frisky Radio on a Friday 8pm GMT.
Also providing music reviews & interviews for IUMAG, Ibiza, DMC World Magazine and UK Editor for Zone Magazine, Paul has established a firm foothold within the industry.
'Paul Sawyer continues to pursue his passion across the industry' Frisky Radio Jan 2017
There are two types of people in the music business, the ones that get their hands well and truly dirty and those who don’t bother. Winchester born Paul Sawyer is no doubt of the former; a driven musical multitasker completely immersed in the ocean of electronic music. Paul’s love for harmony and melody began at a young age as he began to master various instruments, starting bands with school friends and playing local gigs. Inspired by his younger brother, one of the original DJ’s on the free rave scene across the UK. Paul would later start to learn the art of mixing once the parties had started to move into clubs; developing a serious vinyl habit & embracing the pioneering, cutting edge dance music of the time.
As the expansion of the house music movement started to take hold of the early 90’s, Paul’s DJ career blossomed as a valued resident at a flurry of new, enticing clubbing hotspots around the home counties, including the House of Windsor parties, of which his first appearance involved warming up for major influencer and teenage hero Sasha.
Ibiza started to call in '93, so Paul packed up his records and spent a season on the White Isle, gaining a solid reputation as a skilled DJ. He subsequently secured a residency the following year at The Star Club (now Eden) playing weekly alongside legends such as Carl Cox and The Prodigy. Once arriving back in the UK, Paul was invited to become a part of the Menage a Trois parties, starting a fruitful 10 year career as a promoter and DJ for the infamous brand; hosting clubnights and boat parties on every continent plus dj'ing alongside some of the biggest names in dance music including Hot Since 82, Green Velvet, Doorly, Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold & John Digweed.
By the late noughties Paul was cited one of DJ Mag’s Top 10 Resident DJ’s in the UK and quoted by Mixmag as a DJ to look out for. Feeling inspired he took the jump and started his own label, EJ Underground (recently renamed Krafted Underground), delivering quality cuts from all genres of house music; later developing to focus on the deep tech and progressive vibes that were increasing in popularity. After a chance meeting at the first Brighton Music Conference with Endemic Digital boss Darren Braddick, the duo embarked on a lucrative new partnership merging their labels and launched the Krafted Music Group.