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Special Request

Sun 29 Aug 2021

As an artist, Special Request, aka Paul Woolford, has crossed a multitude of spheres spanning genres, decades and scenes. A wealth of musical influence in his childhood provided strong cultivation of his character, being born of a jazz drummer and growing up with his adoptive father’s fascinating record collection, along with an innate passion to create from his early years, paving the way for him to craft an intense musical path. Radio was a key part of his influences; as a teenager he was constantly listening, absorbing and recording sounds he found interesting, something that rapidly escalated into an obsession when he discovered pirate stations by complete accident.

He has produced under various aliases and experimented with multiple labels, forging links that span from Carl Craig's Planet E Communications in Detroit, through to London's XL Recordings, Gerd Janson's Running Back in Germany, and many more notable points in between.