PAUL TUNKIN (1993 – present)

Blow Up founder Paul Tunkin began his career as a DJ, promoting his own alternative / indie club nights in the Southend whilst studying photography at Southend Tech art college. His first club nights included The Monkey House and The Periphery whilst he was also a resident Saturday night DJ and live promoter at the Pink Toothbrush Rayleigh.

Paul moved to London in the early ’90s launching Blow Up in 1993 whilst working in Camden Town’s Out On The Floor record shop. The clubs impact subsequently went global with Blow Up touring the UK and hosting events in mainland Europe, Japan, Russia and the US. He has compiled five Blow Up compilations (Exclusive Blend Volumes 1-4 , a series dedicated to 60’s & 70s library music and the Blow Up club Classics album Blow Up A-Go-Go). He also launched independent record label Blow Up Records releasing records for diverse artists including Big Boss Man, The Bongolian, Baltic Fleet and others. Whilst he was the music director for the Metro Club Oxford Street, programming and booking the live show and clubs (Blow Up was also the resident club here from 2002-2009).

Career highlights: No.4 Time Out’s Top 10 Clubs of the ’90s (Blow Up at The Laurel Tree & The Wag); Time Out Live Venue of the Year (Blow Up Metro Club, 2003); DJing for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee at The British Ambassador’s Residence in Moscow; ‘Parklife’ tour DJ for Blur; tour/aftershow DJ for bands including Charlatans, Suede, Pulp, My Life Story, JTQ; DJing at MTV Europe Awards; DJ at launch of The V&A’s Sixties Exhibition (2006); DJ for NME Awards and aftershows 5 years running; booking/promoting shows including Dion, Faust, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Bloc Party

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