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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW WIGANS ANALOG P.A.S.H

Hiya mate thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I was like a magnet to music, I just lost myself in it and escaped from my low self worth growing up and music took me to a higher place

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I am ANALOG P.A.S.H aka PASH Which is: Paul Alexander Simon Hutchinson abbreviated.  I am a singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist who was signed by A&M records in London, then Elektra (Warner Bros) in New York with the band ESPIONAGE back in the day and I am presently unsigned. 

My job is a professional record producer of custom original music,

http://www.paulhutchinsonaudio.com/

Based at NORTH WEST RECORDING STUDIOS in Adlington, Chorley, Lancashire, UK where my latest album is on our in house label “Most Real Records” and where DIGITAL SKANK was conceived, recorded, mixed and mastered on state of the art digital and vintage analogue equipment.

http://www.northwestrecordingstudios.co.uk/

The idea was to pay homage to Reggae and especially some of the old school feels that I loved and was influenced by growing up in Liverpool as a small child, 

I moved to Wigan, Greater Manchester when I was 6 years old then I started playing organ and keyboards due to my father Dave Anthony (Hutchinson) being a musician and a music teacher, then a few years later added guitar, bass, drums and percussion to my arsenal.

besides studio work which I love and is my 9-5 job I spent quite a few years on the road touring the UK, Europe and North Africa.

writing new and exciting music and getting the taste for diversity and wide-open inspiration not stuck in to any one genre,  to me the song is king.

 At the moment I am working on a heavy rock album, an acoustic album, a second experimental electronic dance album getting ready to release the first one, etc.. 

While I was signed to Elektra I worked with Roy Thomas Baker who produced Queen(Bohemian Rhapsody) basically Roy sent me to an incredible singing and elocution coach Dr Dean Verhines in the Hollywood hills for opera-based vocal training while I was recording at Cherokee Studios in Hollywood. I feel that it’s one of the best things that I have ever done and I have been building upon it ever since.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

I suppose that would be down to how many people I’ve touched, I’m enjoying my journey. Always optimistic.

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

There are always swings and roundabouts with old naive material and fresh new material I still try to be spontaneous and in the moment so as not to be led by the brain as opposed to the heart so I feel it has progressed and I’m always excited at the anticipation of what I’m going to come out with next.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

Apart from letting them all stand at the front of the crowd so we can keep an eye on them lol, I suppose a bit of thoughtfulness wouldn’t go a miss, the idea of gigs should be geared up for max enjoyment for everybody and that means women feeling comfortable.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

Try and throw it open to everyone if you can and explore like-minded groups and contacts.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I’m good on the saxophone

I worked on ‘Theatre of pain’ with Motley Crüe

I once got offered the main role in a Hollywood production

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

Any monopoly of power is not great for the equilibrium of the music business but you just have to try and use it in a positive way



Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

I’m not big on it though I think you should be guided by your heart about if something resonates with you or not

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Face masks and rubber gloves

What was the worst experience on stage?

Someone pretending to throw a beer bottle at me in the middle of a performance, I wouldn’t mind but I wasn’t even thirsty.

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about. 

I did ballet and modern jazz dance training plus studied hairdressing

The General who features on the album plays more instruments than me! and is one of the best steel (pan) drum players in the UK

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

My voice, I get told that when people hear me they know it’s me.

The grooves in the music make me express myself through it.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

DIGITAL SKANK was made over a period of 9 years with lots of ups and downs, loosing the drummer Big (PaPa) Norman Cooke AKA BASH/BASHER three quarters of the way through the album and was a big blow when he died, without Big Norm the album wouldn’t exist. 

Other fine musicians and artists from Manchester and surrounding Lancashire who feature on DIGITAL SKANK they are –

Ronnie Walfall AKA The General – Ragga vocals 

Bo Lee- Bass

Adrian Gautrey – electric guitar and pedal steel

Andy Prior – Trombone

Dave Prior – Trumpet

Wayne Edwards – electric guitar

Maggie Allred – Violin

There is a freshness and vibe to this Album that cannot be manufactured.

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

Real songs from different genres done in reggae with an honest approach, a nice basic template click drum or a simple programmed beat some chords over it, and a guide vocal, then start from there build it honestly to let the music breath and tell me what it needed

What was the recording process like?

Aww, Fantastic! used a hell of a lot of analogue circuitry, outboard valve equipment and analog synths, vintage instruments, and amps using a wide array of microphones and old school cross modulation miking techniques much sonic fun was had.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

To let go of filters and blocks means putting heavy criteria or trying to make it all the same aside and let the initial ideas blossom.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, really I’m happy with the essence of DIGITAL SKANK.

Obviously, I would have loved for drummer Big Norm Cooke to have witnessed the final finished album god bless him.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

For everyone to enjoy their music and rely on their own talents, do not second guess yourself everything is in divine order, warm vibes, love, and blessings