In May, Paolo Morena attended the 10th Annual Panic Awards and was voted “SOLO PERFORMER OF THE DECADE”. A testament to the dedication that the Essex songwriter has shown as a writer and performer over the past 10 years and the huge respect that he is held in.
Paolo’s 2016 singles All Wires Lead to the Flesh and Dance David Dance received widespread support from all around the UK. His stunning new single Treasure in the Trash is Taken from his forthcoming album 38. Reflecting the turbulence of the times we are living in, Paolo is able to access our deepest thoughts via his accessible sound.
Paolo Morena was born to be a musician – it’s in his blood. His Grandfather and Father were both accomplished musicians who played in bands in Southern Italy where the family originates from. Paolo’s Uncle Tino was even World Champion Accordionist in 1969.
Following a failed relationship at the age of 17 he ran away to Amsterdam – the pivotal moment of his life. Amsterdam at the age of 17 was an incredible city to be living in. Working in a coffee shop by day and playing in Bars at night, Paolo came into contact with all manner of people and sounds that were to give him the foundations of the music career that followed.
Challenged to put together a band in under a week to support the Australian Doors at the Macanti Plaza, Paolo found and rehearsed a band – and achieved the target, to play in front of 5000 people, in under a week! Those band members were to become life long friends and led directly to travel and adventures abroad, including France, Australia and the US. By the time Paolo returned to the UK he was a skilled and accomplished musician, with a wealth of experiences behind him and several diaries full of songs.
A brief period of fronting a 3 piece rock band, The Morena’s, followed. But though that led to radio sessions with Janice Long on R2 and Xfm with Lauren Laverne, tours with the likes of INME, and appearances on C4, there was a growing dissatisfaction with Band life, that led to Paolo’s eureka moment – and the start of his journey as the 21st Century One Man Band.
The past 3 years have been about developing the Live Looping show – playing over 300 gigs across the country in that time, and gaining a reputation as a unique performer. His debut solo album, “TheMightySmall” was released in 2015 to great acclaim amongst fans and Industry alike – supported by BBC Introducing and gaining plays from the likes of Huey Morgan on 6Music (“Damn, that kid got it Bro!”)
The album attracted the attention of the likes of the Caffe Nero chain where Paolo’s music was playlisted as a “Featured New Artist” and the US publishing group Downtown, who signed Paolo to their roster.
His live looping approach is something to behold and hovers somewhere between gigging and performance art and it enables Paolo to turn his one man show into a symphony of sounds.
If you thought you had seen it all music wise, you better prepare for Paolo Morena!
He plays the following dates in East Anglia this summer:
Sat 24th Jun – Live At The UB @ The United Brethren, Chelmsford
Sat 1st Jul – Fling Festival 2017 @ Hylands House, Chelmsford
Sun 2nd Jul – Ipswich Music Day on the Grapevine Stage, Christchurch Park, Ipswich
Fri 11th Aug – P Fest 2 @ The Bassment, Chelmsford
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