Pablo del Monte is the new moniker for London-based DJ/producer Paul Whelan. Pablo is also the label boss at East Recordings and heads up east London blog and radio station Brick Lane Radio.
Pablo first started DJing after moving to London from his native Dublin in the early 2000s. Through his then job at the now-defunkt south London record store Zone 2 Records he met DJs from the London pirate radio scene and was soon playing out on this circuit. The sound at that time was UK Garage but Pablo's skilful ability to blend House with Breaks caught the attention of key players on that scene and he was introduced to and started producing with Caspar Kedros from the Headrillaz.
The two formed an act called Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and started releasing House-infused Breakbeat through Carbon Records. Their first record, Junk Odyssey was really big, gaining traction with DJs as diverse as the Plump DJs and Mr C, and charting at number 3 in the Breaks chart. Soon thereafter they guest DJed for Annie Nightingale's BBC Radio 1 show, which was later played as one of her mixes of the year.
By the mid-2000s Pablo's sound had moved to Tech-house and he had a number of releases on the seminal UK Techno label Eukatek and its Breaks imprint Eukabreaks.
But just as things were starting to really take of the guys decided to go their separate ways and Pablo left dance music to focus on writing more song-based material and music for TV/film.
However, the bug for House music never left Pablo and in 2014, and being really impressed with the current wave of new producers making Chicago-influenced tracks, he set up Brick Lane Radio, an internet radio station and blog focusing on this sound with help from an east London DJ collective. In 2015 his label, East Recordings, was born out of Brick Lane Radio. Run in conjunction with US-based producer, dj-Vox, the label's sound is that of proper House music from Deep through to Tech-house, but you'll occasionally hear Pablo's past Breaks and Garage influences in there too.
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