Following a number of successful releases throughout the late ’90s and early ’00s, Paul Davis took a 14 year hiatus from the music industry. Now returning to his Circulation alias for the first time since 2007, Paul picks things up right where he left them.
His return is also marked by the launch of a brand new label, his Recirculation imprint, where he just dropped his fifth EP ‘Recirculation Five’ since early 2021.
We spoke to Paul to ask him all about his time away from music, how he feels things have changed in the time he’s been gone, and what he has in store for the rest of 2022. Get the full discussion with Circulation below.
Hey Paul, how are things in London for you right now?
Cold, wet, and windy, apart from that things are good, I’m really enjoying making and releasing music again.
You took a hiatus with your Circulation project from 2007 to 2021, why was last year the right time to kick things off again?
I didn’t really have a plan, it’s just that I had a lot of music that I had been making over the past year and felt I should start releasing some, as I was getting some good feedback. Overall I think it’s worked out well.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve noticed when it comes to releasing music in 2021 compared to 2007?
There have been massive changes in releasing as it’s mostly digital, back then it was purely physical on vinyl or CDs, in some ways its easier but getting your music noticed is harder as there is much more around. On an average Circulation release we would probably sell between 4,000-6,000 units, there is no way you would be able to get anywhere near that now.
And you also launched a brand new label, Recirculate, will this see the majority of Circulation’s releases?
Yes mostly, but i’m talking to a couple of labels at the moment who are interested in releasing some of my music and I’ve done some remixes which I’m really pleased with.
Which other names might we expect to see on the label in the near future?
Recirculate is purely an artist label, so I doubt there will be any other artists involved, but never say never.
This might be the year when the world finally gets back to normal, what’s something you’re hopeful for in 2022?
Exactly that, for things to get back to as normal as they can be, I think we are getting there.
And have you set any goals for yourself, Circulation, and the label?
To keep the music coming, I’m halfway through writing an album which is the deeper side of Circulation, which will include some vocal tracks and I’ll maybe to do some live sets.
Circulation – Recirculate Five is out now on Recirculate.