Pauli Lovejoy

Pauli, live at Timber Street London Showcase
Pauli, live at Timber Street London Showcase
Background information
Birth namePaul Stanley McKenzie
Also known asPauli Lovejoy, The PSM
Born (1988-11-08) 8 November 1988 (age 33)
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop, hip hop, R&B, alternative rock, electronica
OccupationsDrummer, recording artist, music director, model
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vocals, OP-1 synth
Years active2005 (2005)–present
Musical artist

PAULi (born 8 November 1988) is a UK born drummer, recording artist, music director and model.

Early stages

In 2005, Pauli won the Young Drummer of The Year award and performed on the BBC's Blue Peter.[1][2]

In 2008, Pauli was appointed the role as music director for MOBO award-winning artist Jahaziel and platinum selling artist Eliza Doolittle. They have also appeared in acclaimed music videos for Duffy, Jordin Sparks, Shingai Shinowa (Noisettes), Raghav and Mutya Buena (Sugababes/MKS).

In 2009, age 20, Pauli started working with Gorillaz,[3] which features the Grammy Award-winning cartoon band's music remixed to visual effects and toured with the outfit, playing corporate club shows and headlining festivals around the world. Playing with Gorillaz Sound System introduced Stanley-McKenzie to Africa Express, which led to his contribution in the collective's international shows and the Cultural Olympiad UK train tour, playing alongside Paul McCartney and John Paul Jones, and amongst a host of African musicians including Tony Allen, Baaba Maal and Amadou and Miriam.

In January 2014, it was announced that Stanley-McKenzie would play drums for Damon Albarn on tour in support of his debut solo album Everyday Robots, alongside Seye, Jeff Wootton and Mike Smith.[4]

Personal life

Pauli is non-binary, [5] and uses he/they pronouns. [6]

Pauli, live in Paris with Gorillaz Sound System 2012


In December 2014, Pauli wrote "Give Me A Sign" which premiered on The Fader[7] and championed by Stereogum[8] as a “Protest Song” was dedicated to Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu, this was a collaboration with Brooklyn-based oil painter Amar Stewart and marked the first solo recording under the guise “Pauli Lovejoy”. The music for "Give Me a Sign" was co-produced with Brooklyn-based music producer and artist "Heavy Mellow".

In 2015, Pauli served as a music director for FKA twigs’ headline ‘Congregata’ shows in London (Roundhouse / Alexander McQueen), New York (Red Bull Music Academy), Glastonbury (West Holts Headline), LA (FYF Fest Headline) and at the MOBO Awards.[9] Subsequently, this led to working with FKA twigs' label-mate, Jamie xx as music director for the live promo of his debut record ‘In Colour,’ which saw Pauli directing live performances on Le Grand Journal (Canal+) (Paris) and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Still recognized as a prominent music influencer, Pauli was called upon as the primary talent for the Tanqueray "Greatness Starts at Ten" campaign.[10]

On 24 September 2015, "i Don't Care" had its radio debut on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music.[11] The accompanying video premiered on Noisey.[12]

On 27 October 2016, "Waiting (Getting On This Train)" the first single from his forthcoming EP, THE IDEA OF TOMORROW premiered on Zane Lowe's Apple Music Beats 1 radio show. That same week, The Fader included "Waiting" on their playlist of "11 Songs You Need in Your Life This Week.".[13] In addition, "Waiting" was featured on Wonderland Magazine's Tracks of the Week Playlist.[14]

"Believe in Me" the second single from THE IDEA OF TOMORROW, premiered on Complex.[15] and had its first radio play on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show. Apple Music included the single on their Best of The Week Playlist.[16] "Believe in Me" as garnered attention from Dazed[17] and Nylon.[18]

On 9 December 2016 Pauli released his debut EP, THE IDEA OF TOMORROW, with long-time collaborator and fellow London-producer Kwes on Kobalt.

In partnership with social media app, Vero, Pauli premiered his Visual EP, THE IDEA OF TOMORROW,[19] an afrofuturist fairytale set on Kepler-452b, directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat. Pauli states “there is a vital synergy between my music and the visuals (as will be demonstrated with my forthcoming releases).”

In 2017 Pauli debuted his first live show as a solo artist during Paris Fashion Week at Les Bains Paris.

Their EP Secret Life of a Badman was released December 20, 2018.

Throughout the spring of 2021, Pauli released singles that culminated in the EP Secret Life of a Badman (Vol.2) which was released May 21, 2021. Later that year, they joined Harry Styles' band as a percussionist and MD for Love on Tour.[20]



  • Secret Life of a Badman (2018)
  • Secret Life of a Badman (Vol. 2) (2021)
  • OFFAIR: The Power of your Subconscious Mind Vol 1: SPACE (2022)


  • "Give Me A Sign" (2014)[7]
  • "I DON'T CARE" (2015)[21]
  • "Love TKO" (2016)[22]
  • "Big Belly Flow" (2019)
  • "Buss Case" (2019)
  • "Don't Hold Your Breath (feat. Tawiah) [Kindness Edit]" (2020)
  • "I Got the Beat" (2021)
  • "Cowgirl (Creeping)" (2021)

Studio recording credits


  1. ^ "Mike Dolbear DRUMS | Interview with Paul Stanley-McKenzie – Gorillaz Sound System". Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Mike Dolbear DRUMS | Interview with Paul Stanley-McKenzie – Gorillaz Sound System". Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "Damon Albarn to release first solo LP on Parlophone | News | Music Week". Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  5. ^ SoSally (May 24, 2021). "NEWS: Pauli The PSM Drops 'Secret Life of a Badman Vol. 2'". SOSALLYPLAYS. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  6. ^ "Pauli the PSM (@paulithepsm) • Instagram photos and videos".
  7. ^ a b McDermott, Patrick D. "British Songwriter Pauli LoveJoy Premieres "Give Me A Sign"".
  8. ^ "Pauli LoveJoy – "Give Me A Sign"". December 22, 2014.
  9. ^ "FKA twigs : 'Figure 8' & 'In Time' live at MOBO Awards 2015 : MOBO". YouTube. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tanqueray No. Ten – Greatness Starts at Ten".
  11. ^ "Zane Lowe — Apple Music". iTunes. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  12. ^ "PREMIERE: PAULi - "i Don't CARE" - Noisey". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "11 Songs You Need In Your Life This Week". Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "Wonderlist: Tracks of the Week - Wonderland Magazine - Wonderland Magazine". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  15. ^ "Premiere: Listen To PAULi.'s New Track "Believe In Me"". Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  16. ^ "New Music Daily". Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  17. ^ "The only tracks you need to hear this week". November 18, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  18. ^ "Soundcheck: The 35 Best Music Releases Of The Week". Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  19. ^ "PAULi. On Vero — Vero - True Social". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  20. ^ "Who Are Harry Styles' Backing Band? Meet The New Members As Love On Tour Begins". Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  21. ^ "Pauli The PSM - i DON'T CARE". YouTube. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  22. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Mary Anne Hobbs, Being a Session Musician, Pauli 'THE PSM': Life as a Session Musician". Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
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