Paul Cusick ( aka Q ), British multi-instrumentalist, started his solo music career in 2009 with the release of his début album Focal Point. Previously Paul had spent years as the lead guitarist in several bands (Gabriel, Ripped & Riversea), but in 2008 his new year's resolution was to step out from behind his guitar and concentrate on his own song writing and production skills.
Within four months Paul had received record offers from two separate progressive rock labels based on a couple of early demos posted on his myspace. This interest gave Paul the confidence to continue writing and recording his début album, whilst still maintaining his career as a Chartered Civil Engineer.
Paul's guitar style has been compared Steve Hackett, David Gilmour, Steve Rothery and Steven Wilson. His songs draw upon the sounds and audio landscapes created by bands such as Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Porcupine Tree, Chroma Key and Nine Inch Nails. However, the long instrumental pieces that are sometimes associated with the progressive rock genre have been replaced by catchy vocal melody lines akin to those evoked by more mainstream rock artists such as Coldplay and U2.
Paul sang and played all the instruments on Focal Point himself, but was joined in the studio by friend Alex "The Groove Monster" Cromarty on drums. Andy Edwards (Frost*, IQ) also made an appearance as guest drummer on the track "Touch".
Paul has also chosen to remain independent allowing him the freedom to release what he wants whenever he wants at a quality he decides. His independently released MP3s are of a significantly higher bitrate than those found on the likes of Amazon / iTunes / Napster (although they can be found there) and his CD contains a 12 page booklet with artwork that stands on it's own merits. His record label is aptly called Q Rock Records.
Paul's musical future looks bright. Over 5000 fans signed up on his facebook page within its first 3 months, and almost 300 CD's were pre-ordered on the basis of his early demos. Focal Point was released on the 6th June 2009 but Paul is currently writing songs for his next album with a view to forming a band and touring.