Music was Pete Paphides' first love. And at this rate, it will be his last.
Pete Paphides is a music writer, broadcaster and record collector. Since 1992, his work has appeared in The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Q, Mojo, Uncut, The Word, Melody Maker and Time Out. Over the years, he has interviewed musicians such as The Bee Gees, David Bowie, Abba, Radiohead, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Cher, Sting, Coldplay, Jon Bon Jovi and Prince. Outside of music, the rollcall of interviewees features names as disparate as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicolas Cage, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Downey Jr, Bruce Forsyth, Rio Ferdinand, Prince Nasseem.
Pete has written and presented several programmes for BBC Radio 4, including two series of Lost Albums, one series of Follow-Up Albums and stand-alone documentaries such as GreeK Blues, Late Nights At The Blue Boar, The Songs of Molly Drake and How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love My Albatross. In 2011 and 2012, he also presented two series of Vinyl Revival for BBC 6 Music, in which he interviewed musicians and vinyl fans such as Tom Jones, Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Florence Welch and Laura Marling about their record collections. He has also written liner notes for a dozens of records over the years, for records by many of his favourite artists – among them, Nick Drake, Pentangle, Crowded House, Saint Etienne and Stephen Duffy. Occasionally, you might also Pete pop up on BBC Four music documentaries such as Pop Charts Britannia and The Joy Of Abba.
Currently, Pete is working with producer Paul Noble on Long Player Radio (www.longplayerradio.com) – an online radio show which sees him conducting a series of in-depth interviews with some of the most feted musicians of their generation. Those featured in the series so far include Jimmy Webb, Neil Finn, Paddy McAloon, Allen Toussaint, David Arnold and Clint Mansell.
He has just finished work on a documentary for Radio 4 about the Langley Schools Music Project and continues to write for Q and Mojo – as well as The Guardian, for whom he also hosts a monthly audio feature based on the music papers of yesteryear.
Pete lives in North London with his wife and two daughters, who have grown up thinking it's normal to have a record player in every room.