Co-founder of Soultrain Radio
Paul was one of the founders of Soultrain who’s origins can be traced as far back to 1992 when Paul got together for a one off re-union with 70s Soul Jazz Funk Bristol Dj’s and clubbers from back in the day.
From a one off Re-Union which was full to capacity by 11pm the rest they say is history : we haven’t stopped since . Launching Soultrain was a milestone and landmark that has resulted in Bristol’s favourite Soul Institution and probably the longest running club night in the country. Let’s face it how many clubnights have been running for 25 years+ and are still going strong? with roots and origins tracing back to the early 70’s when Paul , Adrian & Steve were importing funk 45’s . Quoted by Massive Attack as ‘ early influencers on The Bristol Sound ‘ . (For additional source of reference see Author Chris Brown book Suited & Booted growing up in Bristol and the music scene in the 70’s and BBC Radio6 Documentary )
In 2001 Soultrain brought US funksters the Fatback Band to Bristol for the first time in 25 years, playing all their hits live at Soultrain. Hits like I found Loving,Wicky Wacky, Bus Stop, Backstroking and Spanish Hustle. This night lives long in the memory. Soultrain are still in direct contact with the Fatback band leader Bill Curtis, with whom we have become very friendly and once acted as tour managers to the band.
In the summer of 2004 Soultrain were invited to host the Dance Tent at the Glastonbury festival. In front of 10,000 funksters Soultrain held it down with the Fatback Band, Sister Sledge, Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey and Jazzy B’s Soul to Soul. Soultrain collective have hosted stages at Glastonbury and Love Saves The Day Festival as well as appearing at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s.
Soultrain have worked with/ hosted Alexander O’Neal, Shalamar , Roy Ayers, Omar , Loose Ends , Light of the World , Nile Rodgers , Womack & Womack , Mica Paris , Beverley Knight , Shaggy , Heatwave , Cymande , Average White Band , Edwin Starr, Gil Scot Heron, The Real Thing , Blackstreet , Keith Sweat , Norman Jay, Odyssey , Martine Girault , Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker ,Brand New Heavies , Rick Clarke , Don E, Craig Charles etc .
Soultrain have been awarded by The Soul Survivor Magazine As The Top Soul Night outside of London past & present and runners up in 2014. Also voted by The Guardian as the Top Club night out in The West.
Paul Alexander likes his rare groove soul and jazz funk ,retaining all of his original vinyl record collection from the 70’s he has been an avid collector ever since, as well as catching US touring artiste when in the UK . He has seen Freddie Jackson, Luther Vandross, Lonnie Liston, The Blackbyrds, Roy Ayers, Al Green, Maceo Parker, Manu Dibango, Herbie Hancock, George Benson , Cameo , Leroy Hutson and Maze as well as many of the original Tamla Motown acts. One of his favourite all time records is William Devaughan’s crem’ de la crème.
In January 2017 Paul was instrumental in setting up Soultrain Radio DAB with Ricky Reid Bristol’s newest and only independent DAB Radio Station playing soul music 24 hours a day 7 days a week .
Paul’s last event was headlining Craig Charles Funk & Soul NYE Event which attracted 2,000 funksters to Celebrate The New Year at The Colston Hall.