30 Seconds: Baltic Fleet

Paul Fleming produced his new album Towers in his Warrington home. We find out about the journey his music has taken from his back bedroom to the BBC Radio 6 Music studio.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 7 Sep 2012
  • min read
His latest studio effort is inspired by the industrial North West, and one need only look at the album art for his new album - featuring massive power station chimneys - to see the influence. He has been simultaneously likened to Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow, tipped as the darling of Blow Up Records, and last night played a session on Marc Riley's BBC Radio 6 Music show.

But we thought we'd let Paul speak for himself about his music and the process of producing Towers.

How long have you been making music?
I've been making music for around 20 years, since I was a child. My dad was a musician and I asked for my first piano lesson after watching him play. I started out with hand me down synths from him and built up with sequencers, drum machines and later on guitar and bass. I was writing and producing my own music from about 13 years old.

What inspired your latest album?
My album Towers was inspired by where I'm from, the industrial North West. I recorded everything from my back bedroom, which at the time looked out over Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. I embraced the landscape and it helped shape the new sound. The process took over two years and everything that was going on in my life also provided inspiration, both dark and light.

What process do you go through to create your music?
Almost all of the songs on Towers started at the piano. I spent months just forming ideas, arrangements and melodies, with the production and electronic elements in my mind. I then took 20 or so ideas upstairs and produced them up using my synths, guitars and bass. I went into a 'proper' studio to record some live drums with my friend Nick Kilroe.

How would you describe your sound?
In my mind it's a dark fusion of electronica and live sounds. My main influences are the likes of Brian Eno, Neu, DJ Shadow, Daft Punk and Sigur Ros. My own taste is music is pretty diverse and that's reflected in the records I write, so you could be going from a song of ambient piano, to electronica then kraut rock.

What would your dream collaboration be?
Daft Punk.

Where can we catch you performing next?
I'm in London on the 9th September and then Liverpool on the 29th.

Photo: Adam Banister