When behind the decks, Ben Chiu’s aim is both fragmented and unified: engagement via the eclectic. A veteran of the Brisbane dance music underground, long time record collector and cofounder of A Love Supreme, bringing a diverse range of underground sounds to new ears is a longstanding passion. Though he specialises in jazz, boogie, soul, disco & house, he prides himself on his left-of-field and well-travelled approach to selecting. This approach, evident in warm up slots for the likes of Jamie Tiller, John Gomez and Frank Booker, has earned him a reputation as unbeholden to traditional constraints, and therefore reliably unpredictable.
The name may paint him as an everyman, but Thirsty Paul’s sets are anything but ordinary, running the gamut from Afro, funk, hip hop, soul, boogie, jazz, and disco, to the far corners in which genres melt towards the unclassifiable. Despite his sonic wanderings, the collective pursuit of partying remains an important passion, one that he brings to Brisbane venues on a regular basis as half of longstanding collective A Love Supreme. While most people use ‘hunger’ to describe musical ambition, Thirsty Paul is out to prove that a dry mouth can be just as motivating. Having recently played in Sydney and Tokyo, Paulie’s selections – as well as his thirst – are sure to grow.