Paul Stark was a co-founder of Twin/Tone Records. The influential label based in Minneapolis discovered and launched careers of such artists as Soul Asylum, The Replacements, The Suburbs, The Jayhawks, and Ween. For over 25 years he was its President, working with more than 125 bands and overseeing the release of more than 350 projects.
He started his career in the 70's as a sound engineer/ producer and spent time on the road with touring acts. He has been the owner of several recording studios and has designed and manufactured sound and lighting controls.
Paul has been a strong advocate of the digital music revolution. He became an Internet service provider in 1995. In 1997, he was one of the first customers to use Liquid Audio's server software, format and DRM to distribute the Twin/Tone catalog online. In 1999 Paul went to work with the San Francisco start-up, Liquid Audio, becoming its Vice President of Music Services. In this position he was responsible for overseeing Liquid Audio's digital music distribution services, including delivering and reporting on all digital streams and download activity for more than 1,500 record labels. He left Liquid Audio during the summer of 2001. (Liquid Audio pioneered the legal downloading of music and it's work led to the market dominated by iTunes today. Liquid Audio was sold to a Wal-Mart related company in 2003 and provided the solution for music downloads on the Wal-Mart website until 2009.)
Today, mainly retired, Paul splits his time between Minneapolis and his home outside Phoenix. He is the owner and chief bottle washer of Twin/Tone Digital (which, among other things, preserves and digitalizes relicts of the bygone analog world and sells custom burned CDs of the Twin/Tone Catalog.) He also continues to act as consultant to the entertainment industry. He is a strong advocate of the great future that the internet holds for independent artists.
In his spare time, Paul takes many photos while hiking and traveling. He grew up as a photographer and now, in recent years, is getting back to the art form. Paul has posted some video slideshows on YouTube at these links:
Paul holds a B.A. in psychology and communications from the University of Minnesota.
photo slide show of hikes
photo slide shows of recent trips
videos made from time lapse photos