The Recording Artist
Paul Dobbe's songwriting reflects an understanding of what his true love is. Through his entire varied and successful music career, his first love is the art of songwriting, particularly the structural features of music that stimulate strong emotions by both the composers and their listeners alike. Emotions from love to sadness, sorrow to joy - or simply understanding. Now, after decades of appreciating other artists' composing and songwriters skills, he has lovingly created his very own debut eight track album, "Starter Kit".
Paul is an award-winning sound mixer and music producer, with current affiliations to SMPTE, CAS, IATSE, NABET and a life-time member of the Editors Guild. In 2018 he served as a board member for the Rhode Island Songwriters Association and was the head of education / workshops.
Paul's career began in Holland where, as a very young man, he learned the craft of vinyl record mastering while recording the local young Dutch talent for an Indy Record label (DURECO).
He then moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was instrumental in building the most cutting edge recording studio complex (SATBEL) in Africa, and where he began recording many African artists, some of whom became international stars, as well.
Then Los Angeles called, and his career in some of the US's finest studios began. For many years Paul worked with some of America's top musicians, including recording and mixing for artists such as Firefall, Toto, Dolly Parton, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Debbie Boone, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Fear, Delaney & Bonnie, Wet Picnic and Frank Sinatra ...... way too many more to list here. From there he moved to mixing and editing
music for motion pictures and television, including Hill Street Blues, Solid Gold, The Wayans Brothers and movies like Nine to Five, The Gambler, Airplane II, The Bad News Bears and Yanks.
After years of recording music Paul moved on to sound mixing for post production television and video. He has a solid reputation in the music and post-production world. His passion has always been music, and now he is loving writing music and lyrics himself - his first passion and his love.
Songwriter,Producer and Recording Artist.
A newcomer to the craft of songwriting, Paul Dobbe finds himself on the inside looking out as his transformation from sound engineer to singer/songwriter opens up a new expanse. The album "Starter Kit" is a deliberate and definitive message to the universe that music derives from one’s heart and channels purpose and meaning into the mind, soul and spirit. An expression of faith in one’s ability to overcome obstacles and question events that at times tend to blur the lines between hope and faith. I am taken with this album because it breathes energy back into the soul of a life reborn. What U Mean 2 Me is arguably my favorite track on the album. Soulful and melodic, it wastes no time in getting straight to the point with the opening lyrics “Girl you're the one / I’m no fun / When you're not with me” Paul’s syncopated drumming and Devin’s eclectic electric lead me down a path of light hearted and carefree love with a unique “conversation” between two people; ...who we are and who it is we long to be like for the sake of love and admiration.
Robert R Gonzalez