Producer Profile | United Kingdom | March 14, 2010 | Posted by Basilisk
Paul Baguley and Sonya Bailey have been producing music as ManMadeMan since 1994, operating in both the commercial and underground dance scenes. They came from completely different musical backgrounds–Paul was working with bands and Sonya was a wayward young girl with a keen ear. Coming together they partied hard at some of the most legendary events back in the early days: Cripps Barn, Dragon Fly, The Fridge, The Rocket, and Space Hopper, the club that launched them. It was these experiences that inspired them to create music within a scene that was totally different from anything they had been involved in before.
And so MMM was born: one EPS 16+ and away they went until they had a live set. Whilst playing in the clubs where they had partied in earlier days, DJ Tsuyoshi Suzuki heard them and soon after they released their first single on London-based Matsuri Productions. Later they released their first album, Love Technology (2000) on Flying Rhino Records and followed this up by gigging around the world. This led to meeting loads of new people who were starting labels and soon ManMadeMan were releasing music globally with many record companies around the world. Several albums followed: Cell Division (2002), Creation Myth (2004), The Legend Remixes (2005). In 2007, ManMadeMan entered uncharted waters with the independent release of Free To Listen, the first major release by a psytrance artist to be completely legal to freely download. The response from the album has been phenomenal and ManMadeMan are planning a follow-up in late 2008/early 2009.
Today the studio consists of a Mac G5 and numerous analogue synths as well as a plethora of virtual tools. Logic Pro is used for sequencing–a far cry from their old Atari. Having two children during the last four years has brought many new things to MMM. It has been a learning experience and one that has cut both ways: making music through the night and then doing the school run isn’t always conducive to making trance, yet they have never given up and continue to show an unerring dedication to the scene. ManMadeMan remain hard to pigeonhole–they can turn their hand to many types of music–but trance is where their hearts lie.