The youngest and most energetic member of The Stress Monkeys, Paul has been in the entertainment industry all his life. Having a background as a solo singer this is Paul's first outing as a band frontman and has taken to it like a duck to water. Discovered by fellow Stress Monkeys bandmate Nick Wood at his recording studio in Kent, Paul has gone from strength to strength and has become an invaluable addition to the lineup.
Paul's influences are from the sonwriting greats like Lennon and mcCartney and Freddie Mercury and is a keen songwriter himself, finding himself spending many an hour in the recording studio. When he's not gigging or songwriting Paul can be found providing entertainment via his Kent Disco business Paradox Disco
An experienced guitarist of more than 25 years Nick has been a prominent feature of the Kent music scene, playing in numerous popular bands such as Atlantic Blue, The Rainkings (along with fellow Stress Monkeys bassist Steve Smile), Headlong, Broadband Duo and more recently The Fecks.
Nick's love of the guitar invariably comes from hearing the some worlds greatest guitarists when he was growning up. Guitarists like Clapton, Hendrix and Beck like other countless wannabee's but he also favours the eclectic styles of Robert Fripp, Frank Zappa and Steve Vai. Although he uses tricks learnt from the greats he can vary his style to fit any genre and is equally at home playing funk or disco as he is rock.
Nick owns and runs kent based recording studio Broadwood Music Productions and not only records local bands and artist's there but he also teaches guitar.
Steve also has a great deal of musical experience and although being on the scene for quite some time in many local bands including The Brothers Grimm, 69 Daze and The Hurlimans, after he had a succesful 10 year stint with popular local band The Rainkings he went into retirement. Through constant pestering from his ex Rainkings band mate Nick Wood he decided to come out of retirement to complete the current Stress Monkeys lineup.
Steve's influences are many and varied and include Led Zeppelin, the late great Jaco Pastorius and has many 80's influences including level 42 and Duran Duran.
Not one to pass up a party it can be said that steve's favourite quote is ..
".. you know you haven't drunk enough if you can lie on the floor without holding on ..."
Steve is another well know face around the local music circuit. Long time friend of Guitarist Nick Wood they both had their first band together at the age of 16. Their paths have often crossed over the years and played together in Atlantic Blue, The Hugh jampton Band and is sometimes seen with Nick in The Fecks. Steve has done other stuff over the years and still is a member of popular local band Bam Bam.
Another one to have eclectic styles and tastes steve was brought into the drumming world listening to Neil Peart of Rush. Not only a very capable drummer but steve has a musical background in playing trumpet and can also be seen in The Stress Monkeys simultaneously playing Drums and Keyboards at the same time. No mean feat!!!