Paul Clark (keyboardist)
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12 June 1962|
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
|Instruments||Digital audio workstation, synthesizer, analog modular synthesizer, theremin, guitar, mechanical keyboards|
|Associated acts||The Intimates, The Bolshoi, Rorschach Test|
Paul Clark is an English musician best known as the keyboard player of post-punk band The Bolshoi. As a solo electronic artist, he released a digitally remixed collection of analog four-track recordings originally recorded between 1989 and 1991 titled Starship Oak, and is currently working on a new album with producer Mick Glossop titled Merciana.
Early life and education
Paul Wilson Clark was born in Leeds, England, and raised in Lofthouse, near Wakefield. At 18, Clark went to Jacob Kramer College of Art in Leeds to study Advertising Design. At around the same time, he played keyboards with primarily hard rock, progressive and new wave bands before moving to London in 1984.
1984–1985: The Intimates
Shortly after moving to London, Clark formed The Intimates with Jo Broadberry (Jo Broadberry and The Standouts), Danique Osborne and Drew. Mick Rossi (Slaughter and The Dogs) and John Altman (Nick Cotton in Eastenders) also made appearances on their only recording. It was around this time that Clark was introduced to Mick Ronson and shortly afterwards met The Bolshoi manager Pete McCarthy.
1985–1990: The Bolshoi
After meeting The Bolshoi in a SE London pub one dark and stormy night, Clark later joined as keyboard player and a few weeks later made his first appearance with the band at what turned out to be their first sold-out show at The Marquee Club on London's Wardour Street. Several months later, the band recorded Friends, their first full-length album, at Townhouse Two, with producer Mick Glossop.
After several tours, singles and another full-length album, the band disbanded.
1992–1993: Rorschach Test
After moving to Seattle and continuing work on his solo recording, Clark attended a show by Seattle-based industrial band Rorschach Test and shortly thereafter joined as keyboard player. Several months later, the band recorded a demo tape for Island Records at Sonic Ranch, Texas with Neil Kernon as producer, but Clark later decided he couldn't commit to a touring schedule and left the band.
1994–: Paul Clark
While continuing to record music for a solo record, Clark purchased electronicmusic.com in 1995 with a view to using the domain to get copies of new software to review on the site and also use in the recording of his album, but the popularity of the domain started taking more of his time, and the recording fell by the wayside. A couple of years later, Clark was hired by encoding.com to be one of only a handful of digital media compressionists worldwide to prepare movie trailers for playback on the Internet.
After the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, Clark started a real-estate media business and started recording music again. By 2008, with several hours of music laying around on analog cassette tape, CD-ROM discs and removable hard drives, Clark began the process of importing all the music into Logic Pro with the help of mastering engineer and author of Desktop Mastering Steve Turnidge, and mixed down ten tracks that became Clark's first solo album, Granbretan.
- Clark, Paul. ‘’About Paul Clark’’. www.paulclark.com/about.html, 2016, p. 1.
- Clark, Paul. ‘’About Paul Clark’’. www.paulclark.com/about.html, 2016, p. 2.
- Clark, Paul. ‘’About Paul Clark’’. www.paulclark.com/about.html, 2016, p. 3.
- Clark, Paul. ‘’About Paul Clark’’. www.paulclark.com/about.html, 2016, p. 4.
- Clark, Paul. ‘’About Paul Clark’’. www.paulclark.com/about.html, 2016, p. 5.
- Clark, Paul. ‘’About Paul Clark’’. www.paulclark.com/about.html, 2016, p. 6.
- Clark, Paul. ‘’About Paul Clark’’. www.paulclark.com/about.html, 2016, p. 7.