His music has been defined as “an explosion of afrofuturistic, experimental soul and a unique blend of alternative R&B vocals”. Drummer, composer, producer, musical & creative director, model: Pauli The PSM is a one of a kind eclectic artist.
Having spent over a decade diligently honing his chops and collaborating with an assortment of transatlantic outfits – not least Damon Albarn’s mighty Gorillaz, Pauli The PSM recognised as one of the “Top 100 Drummer’s in the World,” has also assumed the role of music director for Jamie xx, FKA twigs, Harry Styles and Maggie Rogers.
Pauli’s debut EP and Short Film “The Idea of Tomorrow”, featuring Idris Elba, solidified the launch of his live shows with an opening slot for Sampha’s Mercury Prize-winning “Process” album tour. When he’s not on stage, in the studio or modeling, London-born Pauli is the co-founder and a resident DJ at monthly NYC party BackToLife.
In 2018, Pauli released his sophomore EP, “Secret Life of a Badman” and was championed by Music Week as ‘One to Watch.’ In 2019 ‘Big Belly Flow’ was BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ and ‘Buss Case’ was accompanied by “The first ever music video shot in space,” premiered at NASA Kennedy Space Center, birthing an ongoing relationship between his label and youth outreach program, The People’s Space Program, and the US Space Administration.
Pauli has been credited as Music Supervisor and Composer for the YouTube Originals show Black Renaissance featuring Michelle and Barack Obama. His third EP, “Secret Life of a Badman Vol. 2”, was released in May 2021 and distributed by FADER Label. It includes the “gloriously danceable and striking” track ‘I Got The Beat’ which was included in FADER’s list of “10 Songs You Need In Your Life”.
“We all have some level of ego that makes us who we are as people,” he begins to explain. “I think it’s just being conscious of it and not fighting the practice of deep meditation. You have to find the instruments — find what the vessel is to get you to that place. What is the conduit going to be to help you communicate these deep ideas.” – from interview with Rolling Stone
“He uses meticulously crafted rhythms and an eclectic array of styles, including grime and neosoul, to make songs that feel gentle and effortless even when they get heavy.” – from Chicago Reader