Paul Crowther

aka Emlyn Crowther


Sound has been Paul Crowther’s obsession – and career – since he was a child. He first became known on the national music scene in the mid-1970s, as the Split Enz drummer at the time of the Mental Notes album and during their first forays to Australia and Britain. But his stint with the Enz lasted only two years.

Sound continued to dominate his life and work: he mixed countless bands, helped launch a prominent live sound company, and invented an effects pedal loved by guitarists worldwide: the Hotcake.

Paul Crowther from inside the gatefold of Split Enz's 1975 debut album Mental Notes.
Paul Crowther with the Crowther Hotcake.
Photo credit: Gareth Shute
Paul Crowther performing at the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club, 2021.
Paul Emlyn Crowther, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music, at his investiture ceremony held in Auckland, 23 April 2021.
Mental Notes publicity shot - L to R: Wally Wilkinson (back), Timothy Finn (front), Noel Crombie, Eddie Rayner (back), Jonathan Michael Chunn (front), Philip Judd, Emlyn Crowther (as they were called on the album)
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
Split Enz - Mental Notes
Paul Crowther performing at the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club, 2021.
Split Enz - Maybe (Telethon 1975, NZ On Screen)
1975 publicity shot in Auckland domain. L to R: Noel Crombie, Tim Finn, Phil Judd, Eddie Rayner, Mike Chunn, Paul Crowther, Wally Wilkinson.
The Hotcake pedal, designed by Paul Crowther.
The promo pack sent out by Split Enz's management for the 1975 release of the Mental Notes album
Paul Crowther performing at the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club, 2021.
Split Enz - Second Thoughts (1976)
Noel Crombie, Wally Wilkinson, Paul Crowther and Phil Judd, 1976
Split Enz in June 1975 with Barry Coburn (third from left) at the Albion Hotel, Auckland.
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Split Enz in a Chrysalis Records publicity photo.
Split Enz - Mental Notes
Paul Crowther's homemade synthesiser
Photo credit: Russell Brown
Paul Crowther, in his other happy place. 
Split Enz - Late Last Night (1976)
1976
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Paul Crowther with The Double Hotcake.
Split Ends late 1974: Mike Chunn, Wally Wilkinson, Noel Crombie, Paul Crowther, Tim Finn, Phil Judd and Eddie Rayner
Labels:

White Cloud


Chrysalis Records

Trivia:

In the 2020 New Year Honours, Paul Emlyn Crowther was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to music.

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