Get To Know: Paula Temple

 

“she is revered as a pioneering technologist in music production and performance”

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Performer, DJ, producer and self anointed ' noisician', Paula Temple has fashioned her successful career in techno by staying true to herself and the vision she has for her music. Many moons have passed since she co-developed the pioneering MXF8, a midi controller engineered for a live 'DJ style' performance but the hands-on aspect of her craft has never waned. Still performing some fifteen years later, Paula's music is best described as a dense layering of a multitude of sounds. Thick but never quaggy, her ability to ally noise with more melodious airs gives her music an intangible quality that is often lacking in the music of her contemporaries. Having put music aside for a time to become a teacher, Paula's productions and performances have never been so sought after. Now as a techno luminary, she heads up bills around the globe and is held in the highest esteem by techno deities like Jeff Mills and Claude Young.

 
 
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“it's a record that anticipated the industrial style of techno that was to popularise some five or six years later”

Her debut release arrived on Chris McCormack's Materials label in 2002. Prophetically entitled 'The Speck of the Future', it's a record that anticipated the industrial style of techno that was to popularise some five or six years later. Soon after its release, both herself and McCormack found less creative intensity in the techno scene, as minimal styles of techno became the order of the day. In need of stimulation, Temple, along with her friend Gerard Campbell, sought to develop the MXF8. Received well, she toured with the controller but having then run its logical course she felt it was time to turn her attention to something else.

 
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Living in Leeds at the time, she began working with young people in socially deprived areas of the city. Teaching them music production, she became an Ableton accredited educator and helped to setup an organisation that helped underprivileged children attain access to skills that they might never have had otherwise. A case of homophobic discrimination in the workplace ended with Paula winning a court battle against the organisation. She described it as the lowest and darkest time in her life but as the case was being heard she regained her equilibrium. Just knowing that the courts were listening to the madness she had suffered gave her the hope and the space to start making music again.

 
 

In 2013 she released 'Colonized' on R&S records. This statement of intent announced her return and the association with a label renowned for the industrial sounds of techno's headiest years was exactly the message that the wider scene was in need of hearing. A second release on the label in 2014 cemented her growing stature and she has subsequently gone onto to release records on 50 Weapons, Reveller and Eotrax, whereby she teamed up with Irish bass merchant Eomac.

Her meandering path in music is worth taking note of, as Paula has experienced many differing sides of the industry. Now, more comfortable than ever in her creative self, she is now at the height of her artistic powers. Touring the world, Paula graces clubs in every corner of the globe. Her label 'Noise Manifesto' goes from strength to strength having released work from artists such as Oni Ayhun, Rrose and Aisha Devi along with cuts from Temple herself. Also as an educator, she is revered as a pioneering technologist in music production and performance. In demand more now than ever, catch Paula on (day & stage) at Life 2019.

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Jon Averill