|Birth name||Paul Antonio Ortiz|
|Origin||Essex, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Djent, Progressive Metal, ambient, Progressive Rock|
|Instruments||Electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, synthesizer, drums|
|Associated acts||Chimp Spanner
Paul Antonio Ortiz is a guitarist and musician from Colchester, UK. He is most famous for his work under his solo project name of Chimp Spanner. Both his 2004 album Imperium Vorago and his 2009 album At The Dream's Edge are entirely recorded, produced, mixed and mastered in Ortiz' home studio. Ortiz has also composed for computer games, advertising, television and radio, his clients ranging from Red Bull to Dolby Laboratories, and mixed and mastered albums for other musicians.
Ortiz categorizes the work under his Chimp Spanner moniker as an ambient/progressive metal project, combining heavy guitars with ambient textures, electronica and melodic elements, whilst also demonstrating his guitar virtuosity. Chimp Spanner has often been labelled as Djent, although most listeners consider his music as being progressive metal. 2004 saw the release of his debut album Imperium Vorago, which as well as being self financed and produced, was also distributed by Ortiz himself, without the backing of a distribution company. Ortiz released his second album entitled At The Dream's Edge in December 2009. The album is available to buy in a physical format and as a download.
With the signing to Basick Records, Ortiz began to perform live under the Chimp Spanner alias. The live Chimp Spanner lineup consists of himself, guitarist Jim Hughes, bassist Adam Swan (also of Monuments) and drummer Boris Le Gal.
In early 2012, Ortiz released his first EP under the Chimp Spanner name, 'All Roads Lead Here', which is focused around a 3 movement piece called Möbius. The EP was originally supposed to be released in May 2011 but was delayed due to personal reasons.
In July/August 2012, Chimp Spanner embarked on their first tour of the United States, alongside Jeff Loomis, The Contortionist, and 7 Horns 7 Eyes. Paul Ortiz enlisted Anup Sastry (Intervals, Skyharbor) and Gregory Macklin (Ordinance) to handle drum and guitar duties respectively, since he could not bring his regular live band to the US with him.
Ortiz is currently writing material for a new Chimp Spanner full length.
In October 2009, Ortiz unveiled a new project under the name Blessed Inertia. Classed as technical progressive metal on its Myspace page, Blessed Inertia is a more straightforward, guitar-driven project. Ortiz stated that Blessed Inertia would be his live band, and although currently instrumental, would incorporate a vocalist at a later date. The project is currently on hiatus due to Ortiz's commitments to Chimp Spanner. Alongside Ortiz, Blessed Inertia currently only consists of one other member, Chimp Spanner's live guitarist Jim Hughes. Both Ortiz and Hughes are cited as playing guitar, bass and drums.
Ortiz was a live guitarist for Monuments before they secured Olly Steele (formerly of Cyclamen) as their full time second guitarist.
Ortiz has also written music for use in the Ambient Metal Constructions series. The Ambient Metal Constructions series consists of three Producer Loops sample packs, sold by the audio production company Prime Loops. He has also been cited offering music composition services for anything from theatre and dance projects, to television and multimedia ventures with an aim to write music for video games and small films.
Ortiz uses Ibanez 7 and 8 string guitars and Line 6 POD digital amp modelling units both in the studio and live. He uses Steinberg Cubase as his main DAW for recording.
As Chimp Spanner
|Date of Release||Title|
|2009||At the Dream's Edge|
|2012||All Roads Lead Here (EP)|
- Chimp Spanner official website
- Chimp Spanner on Myspace
- Chimp Spanner on Soundclick
- Blessed Inertia on Myspace
- Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here on Bandcamp