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Artists like Jon Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Queen were atypical family listening. Marcus Wortley aka Paper Samurai was also classically trained on the Piano at age 6. An avid Sci-fi and cinema fan to this day Giorgio Moroder, John Barry, James Horner, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone are also strong influences. Later the sounds churning out of Sheffield’s pirate radio and Warp records had a deep impact. It was only through a chance meeting then later friendship at collage in N Wales with the sister of probably the most famous DJ in the world that he was introduced to the sounds of Progressive House, which were to dictate his musical direction in life and music. A pivotal moment in his life was hearing the Future Sounds Of London’s Essential Mix on Radio 1 in 1993, their cutting edge use of the Internet and sampling films as a ‘Studio DJ Set’ while combining their own productions blew him away and he decided that he wanted to pursue music as a career. He later read for an HND in Music Production and continues to this day to learn all he can about audio and music. In late 2004 he again followed in Sasha’s groundbreaking footsteps, as one of the few digital DJ’s to embrace Ableton Live 3 as a DJ tool. A combination of his past work as the Editor of AbletonLiveDJ offering support to other Artists + DJ’s & through his association with VJ SteveG & Digital Society's Paul Pearson and their ground breaking audio-visual night ‘Future’ in Sheffield, Wortley was selected by PioneerProDJ to beta test and promote the DJM800 hybrid mixer alongside James Zabiela on the DJsounds website. He also caught the attention of several other companies at this time such as Ableton themselves & Focusrite/Novation beta testing and creating some of the first “Automap’ Ableton DJ templates for the Remote SL. Working with Jonathan Lisle in 2006 on his ‘Prohibition’ compilation he caught the attention of Shure. Sadly Nascent folded in 2006 and the Engineering and Editing done on Jonathan's comp was re-shuffled into the DJ magazine 'The art of modern mixing' CD along with the accompanying article. Disc 2 of 'Prohibition' was then used as a DJ Mix on John Digweed's Transitions radio show on Proton Radio and Kiss FM. Both were very well received and critically acclaimed by fans and listeners. With Nascent folding in late 06, Wortley never got the chance to work with Trafik on ‘Thinking Out Loud 3’.
Paper Samurai has supported many artists and acts live and via his radio show, such as DJ Tarkan, Derek Howell, Max Graham, Omid 16B, V-Sag, Dan Tait, Addictive TV, Ben Lost, Phil Moonface Thomson, Scott Bond, Rik Parkinson & Charles Kriel. The Paper Samurai project was put on hold for 3+ years in 2007 as he took time away from music to look after his mother's terminal cancer and only now after her passing is returning back to music and Digital DJing with a strong focus on Production + Remixing in late 2010.
A new partnership with long time friends Bobby Deep (Co-Founder) (No Smoking/Panda/Acuna/Deep Sessions) & Ryan Gibson (Label Manager) on a new music imprint “Bushido Deep Recordings’ along with a fresh radio show in the works for Frisky Radio with the impending dawn of Frisky V3, things are progressing along nicely again for the Paper Samurai.
Watch out for remixes from Paper Samurai inc on Blanche Recordings, ViseVersa Music, Composure, Airport-Route & Mistique Music...
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