Paul Hanford

Lecturer, Music Business

Paul Hanford is an author, podcaster, writer and DJ from the UK, based in Berlin, with twenty-five years experience across the music industry.

His debut book, Coming To Berlin, available on Velocity Press, has received coverage on BBC 6Music, Mixmag, DJMag, The Wire, Deutschlandfunk and Electronic Sound. In his Arts Council of England awarded podcast, Lost and Sound, he interviews guests in the world of electronic and underground music - including Peaches, Chilly Gonzales, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Nightmares On Wax, Ghostpoet, Yann Tiersen and Ellen Allien.

Beginning as a music-maker, he was part of Brothers In Sound who released three EPs and an LP, Family Is For Sharing, on Parlophone between 1998-2001. He released several records as Sancho before studying Music Culture Theory at UEL.

Moving to London, he spent ten years working as a music consultant, and as Head of Music for immersive event company Secret Cinema, as well as curating with Tate Modern, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Somerset House. In addition, being a full-time DJ in bars and events across London as well as presenting radio and TV on Hoxton Radio and London Live

Moving to Berlin in 2018, he has also written about music and culture for publications including The Face, Wired, Huck, DJMag, Mixmag, Borschch, Beatportal, Boiler Room and Somesuch Stories and has hosted workshops on podcast production for Apple and Refuge Worldwide.

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