I am a musician, sound artist, producer, singer, cyclist, songwriter.
My Latest project:
The Big Record: Darent Valley.
The sound of the Darent Valley 2023
I’m creating a unique piece of music inspired by the sounds and rhythms of the area. From local communities and industries to the beautiful landscapes and nature, and even the paintings of Samuel Palmer - everything will be used to create an audio masterpiece.
On the hunt for inspirational locations, I have written and recorded music in locations around the world. On the tops of mountains, to deep underground, old places, new places and even underwater, from pill boxes to ice caves, the Australian bush to the Grand Canyon…
I'm in A 3 piece band that's creating a brand-new audio landscape that combines elements of Alt Rock with
EDM, 4th Wall.
Driving beats, frequency bending synths and fierce guitar work propel vocal harmonies into a whole new dimension, we are currently working on tracks for our 3rd album.
My two solo albums; 'Just For The Record' and 'Just For The Record Too', have both been recorded on epic cycling trips whereby I carried 45 kg of recording equipment and instruments over 6000 miles.
My latest album 'Just For The Record Three' Will be written and recorded on 12 worldwide adventures.
My first ambitious trip took me to the four furthest points of mainland Britain covering over 2000 miles.
I recorded in unusual places such as Clearwell caves, Ardnamurchan lighthouse and a pill box as discussed on
radio 2 with Jeremy Vine.
Inspired by the success of the first album, I took on a marathon 4000 mile tour of Europe calling at cheese related destinations to write and record my second album ‘Just For The Record Too’.
My surname is genuinely ‘Cheese’ so for fun I thought it apt to stop at destinations such as such as Edam, Gruyere, Gorgonzola and Camembert. En route I recorded in inspiring places, such as from the tops of the Alps and Pyrenees
as well as mixing and recording distinctive sounds.
I've launched the start of my third solo album, ‘Just For The Record Three’
which I’m writing and recording in a series of cycle missions – the first was completed in April 2018.
It was the 25th anniversary of the Forum music venue in 2018 (one of the UK’s leading grass roots music venues) so to celebrate this I cycled 1650, to capture and create the first track for my latest album.
I set out to discover what the UK sounds like.
I cycled almost 5000 miles – to every region of the UK to capture the sounds of people and places. In addition, I asked people to send me sounds from their lives. I used these sounds to create a piece of music.
Find out more at www.thebigrecord.com
To me, music and sound is everything. I invite you to take a listen to my albums and journey.
'I can't Sleep' song written & recorded on a bike ride across Europe
RECORDING A SONG IN A TELEPHONE BOX, Unusual places to record music by Paul Cheese
Cycling to the corners of Britain, writing and recording an album in fantastic locations
Sound Art Projects
Turner Contemporary’s 5th birthday
Commissioned to create a sound art piece
'audio photograph' during a live BBC Show.
The Sound of Kent, The Big Record
The inspiration for TheBigRecord:UK
‘Is there a sound you love or find interesting?’
With the help of BBC Radio Kent,
I asked the people of the county to send me the sounds in their life.
These sounds to create a song/video/installation.
2018 was the 25th Anniversary of the grass roots music venue "The Forum" in Tunbridge Wells. To celebrate this I collected sounds and samples during a 1650 mile bike ride to 24 ancient Forums through Greece and Italy, then back to Tunbridge Wells for the 25th. The completed track uses the sound of mopeds turned into violins, benches into bells, frogs into percussion and aeroplanes in to bass lines to create a sonically interesting piece of music. More than just 'here is a song'
The making of a song made / composed entirely from found sounds recorded (over 11,000) on a 5000 mile bike ride across every region in the UK.
Carrying a mobile recording setup on my bike, I cycled almost 5000 miles to every region of the UK, with the goal, to capture the sound of people, places and record in unusual locations. My aim was to inspire children and adults to be curious and listen to the world differently, and maybe even get on a bike.
During the trip I recorded and captured the sounds of people, their friendliness, the sound of the elements interacting with architecture and nature, the activities of everyday life. Over 11,000 sounds. I used around 4000 of these to create a four and half minute piece of music. The sounds of people's workplaces and tools, hobbies, art and the different rhythms of different materials, outdoor recording the echoes bouncing off concrete, or through tunnels.
All combined to create a unique reflection of The Sound of the UK.
A few of my other projects:
Guest speaker for TEDx
Featured on BBC World Service, BBC radio in all UK regions
Resident sound artist on BBC Radio Kent
Part of the sound team for the ITV award winning series of 'Long Lost Family'
Commissioned by the BBC to create a piece of music for the Turner
Contemporary Gallery's 5th Anniversary
Commissioned to write, record and mix two fully immersive sound & visuals experiences,
for 'the loveliest castle in Britain' - Leeds Castle.