Paul Butler is a man of many trades – a producer, musician, engineer, songwriter and performer. A founding member of the Isle of Wight-based band, The Bees, and owner of the Steam Room recording studio, Butler’s multi-genre musical range effortlessly encapsulates classic rock, psychedelia, jazz, roots,ska , world music & soul. Aside from his work with The Bees, Butler has recently written, produced and collaborated with artists as diverse as Michael Kiwanuka, Devendra Banhart, Pale Seas and Conor Deasy (lead singer of The Thrills). Butler's sound has been described as 'colourful, idiosyncratic, and retro-modernist' (though he himself prefers to describe his approach as organic rather than retro). Butler produced and co-wrote Michael Kiwanuka’s outstanding 2012 debut LP, Home Again, released through Polydor, which reached number 4 in the UK albums chart and saw Kiwanuka placed on top of the BBC’s influential ‘Sound Of 2012’ poll and gain a Mercury Music Prise nomination. Butler’s work on the LP has received much critical acclaim.
Meanwhile his bands, The Bees, are also in a very good place. Their most recent album Every Step’s A Yes – their fourth in total – is the most focussed and most complete record they’ve ever made. The Mercury Prize nominated band are also an acclaimed live act and have supported and toured with a wide variety of acts, from Oasis to Os Mutantes. They are currently working on their fifth, as yet untitled , album.
There’s no doubting that the multi-talented, multi-faceted Paul Butler is a force to be reckoned with, and this next year looks extremely positive for this bright talent. From his role in The Bees, to his work with Kiwanuka, Pale Seas, Conor Deasy and various others, 2013 is destined to be an unforgettable year for him.