Jesus Pablo – 30 minute guest mix on Brain Food – 11.30pm to 1am – 22nd of September
DJ, producer, remixer, record label boss… Jesus Pablo wears many hats. What’s more, as well as juggling his many musical commitments, he’s also trying to forge a career as a fashion designer, marking out the 36-year-old Liverpudlian with the Spanish-sounding alias – in real life he’s known as Paul Morgan – as a truly creative individual.
Which no doubt goes some way to explaining how he’s managed to build up such an impressive discography, despite having been in the production game for a relatively short time. Not that he’s any stranger to the house scene in general: he started DJing around his home town at the tender age of 16, playing “house and piano classics on a Sunday night in his local”.
In fact, Paul/Jesus is refreshingly honest about his early influences. “Everyone always says they grew up with their Dad’s soul, funk and jazz records,” he says. “But my Dad was a big Beatles, Doris Day and Billy Fury fan, so my taste for house music certainly didn’t come from there!” Instead, he says, it was Baby D’s ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ that first caught his ear, back when he was still in junior school (bless). Soon he was immersing himself in his mates’ older brothers’ Quadrant Park mixtapes and buying Cream and Ministry CDs – he still cites local Liverpudlian legend Paul Bleasdale as a major influence – and from there, he inexorably found his way to the deeper, more soulful house sounds of Kerri Chandler, Masters At Work et al.
Today, Jesus Pablo is a distinctive and very contemporary sound that fuses deep house and techno flavours, with his many productions, remixes and collaborations appearing on some of the most respected labels in the house/deep house game, including Deeper Shades Recordings, i! Records, Lost My Dog, Viva Recordings, Bulletdodge Records, Savoir Faire Musique, Headset Recordings, What Happens and many more.
As a DJ, he’s been in the game for 20 years and already made his mark on the international circuit over the last 10 years. He’s played in South Africa multiple times and undertaken a month-long tour of the USA and Mexico in 2011, he’s also racked up gigs in Germany, Georgia, Poland, Norway and Denmark, as well as manning the decks at a host of underground clubs across the UK – always sticking to his key philosophy: “Music should make you dance, smile and think all at the same time, so that’s what I intend to do.”
Back in 2011 he launched Something Different Records, a record label that’s already picking up mucho plaudits from those in the know, as well as some huge support from the likes of Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli, Pete Tong, Joris Voorn, Sasha, Crazy P, Tensnake and Nick Warren over the last 5 years. He expanded his label group by launching Something Different Again (a moodier and darker side to house and techno), Something Else (pushing that 90’s garage, house and techno era) and Different Attitudes (pushing quality music that’s not for following trends, but setting them), all main labels in their own right and already spreading their love of house and techno to the sets of many worldwide.
Fast building a reputation as one of the industry’s hardest working, Jesus Pablo is clear about his aims – he’s in this for the long haul. Hell, he’s been at it 20 years already, why stop now? He’ll keep on spreading the love of quality underground dance music wherever he goes… and this is one up-and-coming talent who truly IS going places, have no doubt!
Check out Jesus Pablo’s music below then listen to Brain Food this Thursday night for his exclusive guest mix!