DJ, producer, remixer, record label boss… Jesus Pablo wears many hats. What's more, as well as juggling his many musical commitments, he's also forging a career as a fashion designer, marking out the 31-year-old Liverpudlian with the Spanish-sounding alias – in real life he's known as Paul Morgan – as a truly creative individual.
Which no doubt goes some way to explaining how he's managed to build up such an impressive discography, despite having been in the production game for a relatively short time. Not that he's any stranger to the house scene in general: he started DJing around his home town at the tender age of 16, playing “house and piano classics on a Sunday night in his local”.
In fact, Paul/Jesus is refreshingly honest about his early influences. “Everyone always says they grew up with their Dad's soul, funk and jazz records,” he says. “But my Dad was a big Beatles, Doris Day and Billy Fury fan, so my taste for house music certainly didn't come from there!” Instead, he says, it was Baby D's 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy' that first caught his ear, back when he was still in junior school (bless). Soon he was immersing himself in his mates' older brothers' Quadrant Park mixtapes and buying Cream and Ministry CDs – he still cites local Liverpudlian legend Paul Bleasdale as a major influence – and from there, he inexorably found his way to the deeper, more soulful house sounds of Kerri Chandler, Masters At Work et al.
Today, Jesus Pablo is a distinctive and very contemporary sound that fuses deep house and techno flavas, with his many productions, remixes and collaborations appearing on some of the most respected labels in the house/deep house game, including i! Records, Lost My Dog, Bulletdodge Records, Savoir Faire Musique, Kolorit Records, Headset Recordings, Headtunes Recordings, Deso Records, What Happens and more.
As a DJ, he's already made his mark on the international circuit, having undertaken a month-long tour of the USA and Mexico last year. He's also racked up gigs in Germany, Georgia, Poland, Norway and Denmark, as well as manning the decks at a host of underground clubs across the UK – always sticking to his key philosophy: “Music should make you dance, smile and think all at the same time, so that's what I intend to do.”
Most recently, he's joined forces with his production partner-in-crime Di Riviera to launch Something Different Records, a new record label that's already picking up mucho plaudits from those in the know. Following in the footsteps of scene smashes like Mr Leman's 'Love That Deep' and J Kar's 'Baby Dreaming EP', the label's latest offerings are Matthieu Duchesne's 'Afternoon In The Garden EP' and Aartekt's 'You & Me EP' (no less a personage than Sasha recently asking for a Dub of the latter, a request which our man speedily fulfilled!) and the flow of seriously satisfying deep and tech-house from the Merseyside stable shows no sign of drying up any time soon.
Fast building a reputation as one of the industry's hardest working, Jesus Pablo is clear about his aims – he's in this for the long haul. Hell, he's been at it 15 years already, why stop now? He'll keep on spreading the love of quality underground dance music wherever he goes… and this is one up-and-coming talent who truly IS going places, have no doubt!
"Jesus Pablo is quite simply one of the brightest new talents in the deep house genre. Combining the polished workings of classic house music with a new modern electronic twist he has managed to cement high quality releases right out of the box. Surely one to watch on the I Records 2012 roster." - Dave Lare (I Records)
"Jesus Pablo is one of the most interesting new producers around and creates a cool sound that doesn't necessarily sound like everyone else. Refreshing!" - Tim Andresen (What Happens)
"Jesus was definitely one of the highlights of our 1st birthday at Flux. He's definitely one to watch in the future and we'll be sure to have him back." - John Williamson (Aartekt / Flux)
"I've enjoyed working with Paul, he's on top of things for both himself, and his music. His first release with us "Walking in Austin" made the charts so we're looking forward to continuing to work with him and have him over for more gigs in the future after the first time we booked him was a great party." - George Horn (Cromarti Records)