Pauli LoveJoy http://paulilovejoy.com, previously known as Pauli The PSM http://paulithepsm.com, an internationally acclaimed musician (Damon Albarn, Kindness, Bobby Womack) steps out from behind the drums as a solo recording artist.
Pauli commissioned fellow Londoner living in New York, oil painter Amar Stewart http://amarstewart.com to recreate Johnny Nguyen’s iconographic photo of 12-year-old Devonte Hart, who was wearing a sign with the words "free hugs" during a Ferguson protest. -Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum motioned Devonte over to him and they began to talk about the demonstration, school and life. At the end of the conversation the police officer pointed to Devonte's sign and asked "Do I get one of those?” They embraced.
“In a time where it's felt like the chasm between people deepened to the point it can never be repaired, this beautiful picture is a symbol of hope.” Pauli remarks, “The cop is colourless in the Stewart’s painting to show that this issue is deeper than race."
Give Me a Sign, inspired by Nguyen’s photo led Pauli to call upon HEAVYxMELLOW http://soundcloud.com/heavyxmellow to produce the track. This is the first single from the Brooklyn based Brit, collaborating with the Texas born producer.
Dedicated to Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu, an animated collage by SOTA.london will be uploaded later today on http://paulilovejoy.com
Pauli’s debut currently untitled EP is due to be released in 2015.