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Alex Paterson

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Alex Paterson began his music career in the early 1980s as a roadie for the post-punk rock band Killing Joke, for whom his childhood friend Martin “Youth” Glover played bass. After leaving Killing Joke in 1986, Paterson met future KLF member Jimmy Cauty and the duo began DJ-ing and producing music together under the name The Orb.

Paterson and Cauty’s first release was a 1988 acid house anthem track, “Tripping on Sunshine”, released on the German record compilation Eternity Project One. The following year, The Orb released the Kiss EP, a four-track EP based on samples from New York City’s KISS FM. It was released on Paterson and Glover’s new record label WAU! Mr. Modo Records, which Paterson and Glover created out of a desire to maintain financial independence from larger record labels.

After spending a weekend of making what Paterson described as “really shit drum sounds”, the duo decided to abandon beat-heavy music and instead work on music for after-hours listening by removing the percussion tracks. Paterson and Cauty began DJ-ing in London and landed a deal for The Orb to play the chill out room at London nightclub Heaven. Resident DJ Paul Oakenfold brought in the duo specifically as ambient DJs for his “The Land of Oz” event at Heaven.

In 1990, Paterson and Cauty held several recording sessions at Cauty’s studio, Trancentral. When offered an album deal by Big Life, The Orb found themselves at a crossroads: Cauty preferred that The Orb release their music through his KLF Communications label, whereas Paterson wanted to ensure that The Orb did not become a side-project of The KLF. Due to these issues, Cauty and Paterson split in April 1990, with Paterson keeping the name The Orb.

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  • producerdan74

    british sausage time

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Gordonflesher

    Гений!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • hjefreh

    Alex Paterson z The orb jest szerzej znany jako Dr Alex Paterson. W zwiazku z tym, jako ze istnieje juz wykonawca "Dr Alex Paterson", o ilosci sluchaczy 1100, proponuje usunac tego wykonawce.

    7 Dec 2008 Reply

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