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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Mint Chicks
  • Country: New Zealand

Paul began playing drums at age 13, learning from local musician Ross Browne, and cut his teeth playing weekly in a handful of local churches. Paul continued studying under Frank Gibson (Jnr), where he learned about jazz independence, funk & latin american rhythms, rudiments, stick technique, the musicality of the drum set and the finer points of drum tuning and setup. While studying architecture he moonlighted in one of the Auckland University's jazz ensembles.

In 2002, Paul was asked by his high school friends to join the Mint Chicks, a group that has kept him hitting drums ever since. Mint Chicks debut release Octagon Octagon Octagon (October 2003) was favoured by critics, but set the band firmly in the underground scene. This was quickly followed early in 2004 by Anti-tiger, one of the groups definitive releases. In April 2005 the band released their first full length album, F**k The Golden Youth. Full of pop melodies and spidery drumming, it confused the media and they were not sure what to make of it.

Late in 2006, the Mint Chicks released Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! which went largely unnoticed for 6 months, until the title track started receiving commercial airplay. The song has a strong rhythmic hook which put Paul's impressive single stroke roll in the limelight. The critically acclaimed album went on to win 5 New Zealand Music Awards in 2007 and has since reached gold status in New Zealand. In Paul's own words "I hit stuff, and people clap".

Paul's musical abilities and jazz tastes have given him a good ear for quality cymbals; which led him to choose Zildjian's K Custom Dark cymbal series. "I love crashing the big 22" rides. They're really good cymbals; sensitive yet brutal. I really respect the craftsmanship."

Early in 2008 Paul relocated to Portland Oregon with the Mint Chicks. He has never been seen since. Rumour has it he is playing drums in heaven, for Saint Peters new band, Cloud Ten.

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