Paul Molton: The Music Man!

Paul Molton

He's led the music for some of our best musicals and is someone we rely on to teach us and keep us calm from the pit on show night.

Paul Molton is someone whom we hold very dear to our society and who continues to be a familiar face for our BMCDS Voices singers as well as all the other hats he wears - be it band member or teacher.

We decided to make his day by asking him a bunch of questions about himself, so read on to discover more about Mr Molton...

What first got you into music?

My older sisters both played clarinet in the local town band, I was always there and got given a trumpet when I was 6, never looked back (although I wanted to play the drums, sadly I was too small to reach)!

Who inspired you to make music?

My first teacher Mr Lacey, he made his trombone sing with the most beautiful tonal quality, I still haven't heard any one play like him.

What inspires you to continue working in the industry?

I love to play and bounce off others musical ideas, always learning from other creative types I meet.

What is your creative process like?

Normally slow until I realise I need it finished, nothing like a deadline to get the creative juices flowing!

What advice would you give to people wanting to join the industry or get involved in the Arts Industry?

Say yes to gigs, listen to as many musicians as you can, it's very easy to get engrossed in your own bubble and only be able to do limited things. Being a musician can be diverse, you might move from background jazz to orchestral, then big band then teaching a 6 year old twinkle twinkle little star, all very different disciplines but musicality is constant.

Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

I sing whatever I have been just listening to (normally film music, I love film scores).

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn't for your music career?

More than likely something with numbers, I am a numbers geek. Although I can't imagine music not being a big part of my life.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?

So many places, big and small! My favourite gig ever was on a honky tonk piano in a steak bar in Texas, completely unexpected, yet a brilliant night!

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business in the current climate?

It has made music far more accessible, technology has made all sorts of things possible.

What is your favourite song to perform?

On trumpet, The Jazz Police by Gordon Goodwin. On piano, Your Song by Elton John, it sits really well for me.

Which famous musicians do you admire?

Gordon Goodwin (amazing arranger) Allen Vizutti, Eric Miashiro

What is the best advice you've been given?

Always listen to the people around you, don't ever think you know best!


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