"Creativity is an instinct I always say, and I have more reason than ever to believe it’s true. Being a musician has never really been a choice for me. I’ve had hiatuses, long travels without instruments and just complete disillusionment with the occupation in the past, but no matter how hard I try the songs invade my mind in dreams or musings be it day or night. I’ve come to accept that as far as my music goes, if I’m alive it will be too. The ‘Doctor Payne’ project was initially started to establish a harmonious accord with it, negotiating terms that give it its rightful place, without it having to force its way out of me. And with that place now designated, I am happy to extend an invitation to you. If you choose to listen, I hope it takes you somewhere profound, or at least to the point of enjoyment. I do my best to execute it with elegance because, despite my seemingly involuntary obsession with it, I’m lucky enough to love it too."
Created by musician and producer Marlon Payne, The Doctor Payne Project develops musical pieces expressing the relationship between the inner and outer worlds. Crafting compelling and dynamic songs, decorated ferociously with compositional experiments, the result is a deeply varied set of tracks with unmistakable character.
Feeding his musical obsession early, Payne took on several projects in his teen-years, notably as the guitarist of UK punk band A-M-I. After disbandment in 2016, Payne looked to replace a now missing passion with a more developed and enriched songwriting style. Taking a multi-instrumental approach, he recorded his first demo with Elastika and Ash producer Marc Waterman. Developing an admiration for the process, Payne started a small project studio in Brighton, England, honing the art of production and refining his style to a true sonic personality.
Needing to pursue his love for live music, Payne reunited with ex-bandmates to take the stage and studio, fusing a long-established chemistry with a fresh set of ideas.
Now, with more complete and powerful tunes, and a unique new sound coming to life, Doctor Payne continues to extend an ever-growing and exciting body of work.