October 4, 2022
Paris King is primarily a guitarist. He began music at the tender age of three with the ukulele. Piano lessons at six and later flute lessons continued throughout elementary school. At fourteen, Paris began guitar and bass lessons and sang with the Oakland Youth Chorus. As a young adult, Paris performed jazz and hip-hop on the upright bass and guitar. He played Haitian and West African traditional percussion for dance classes and spent five years studying Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music. Paris honed his skills by freestyling and beat-making with DJs and Emcees and began recording and producing original music with local bands, poets, rappers, and vocalists. This led to a six-year national tour as the guitarist and musical director for Word Becomes Flesh, the one-person play by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. In 2004 Paris graduated from SAE College as a sound engineer, and worked for about ten years as a live mixer. Since then, he has performed with the Fyah Squad, performed in churches, dived into modular synthesis, and backed up reggae artists including Junior Toots, son of Toots from The Maytals, who originally coined the word “reggae”. Most recently, Paris produced, performed on, and co-wrote the LP “Tell Me” by Julian Brooks and Paris King. The album was written, recorded, and edited at Paris’ own hybrid analog / digital recording studio, before being mixed to 1/2″ tape at Tiny Telephone. The album has spawned three music videos, most recently for “Snakebite” (Julian Brooks – SNAKEBITE (Official Music Video)). Last year during the Covid-19 shutdown, Paris worked for MGM as a dialog conformist and editor. Paris hopes to continue performing and producing songs while moving his skill sets toward film and television cues and soundtracks. Although Paris plays a range of synths, lap steels, a tiple, a tres Cubano, and a tenor guitar, he favors his mahogany Martin soprano ukulele, his trusty Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar and his P-90 equipped Gibson Les Paul Jr. plugged into a 5W class A tube amplifier with alnico speakers.
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