Launched in Oct 2015 in the Lower East Side of NYC, Back to Life is the coming together of Khalil, Pauli and Move Forward Music. The plan was simply to bring a slice of London's nightlife to New York City. Playing the finest selection of club music that has influenced Khalil & Pauli from their upbringing in the London nightlife scene including Garage, Hip Hop, House, Grime, RnB, UK Funky, Afrobeats, Broken Beat, Dancehall and more.. Since the launch we have been joined by many incredible guests including Sampha, Just Blaze, NAO, Dj Moma, Kojey Radical, Richard Russel (XL records), Dj Spinna, Idris Elba, Kindness, Donae'o, Roska, Budgie, 808INK, Alewya, DJ EZ, Eli Escobar, Eliza Doolittle, Daz-I-Kue, Stretch Armstrong, Clara Amfo, Jubilee, Melo-XJasmine Solano amongst others. Back To Life have additionally put on shows at Output, Rough Trade, Le Bain, Miami Art Basel at Soho House, Soho House New York, The Drake Hotel in Toronto, and played sets at The Guggenheim Museum, Everyday People NYC, Soulection's 7th year anniversary afterparty, been booked to support the likes of Craig David, AJ Tracey, Novelist, Dave, Kenny Dope and played the odd Bday party for the likes of Adwoa Aboah, Stella Maxwell and Martha Hunt ;) We also host a monthly show on Balamii Radio live from their NYC studio.


Khalil is one quarter of and co-founder of London's Livin' Proof, which Noisey dubbed "London's best hip-hop party", and where the foggy city's debut performances of the likes of A$AP Rocky and others have gone down. The vibes at Livin' Proof, which Hudson Mohawke called "quite an amazing party...London's best", prompted Danny Brown to offer "performing on the Livin' Proof stage was one of the happiest moments of my life". He has played Boiler Room sets, held down regular shows on NTS and Balamii Radio, with guest sets on Rinse FM, Kiss FM & BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and mixes for iD magazine, Highsnobiety, Noisey, Redbull, Serato and Mixmag. He’s DJ’ed across the UK, Germany, France, ItalySwitzerland, Austria, Prague, Oslo, New YorkGlasgow, Budapest, Belarus, Hong Kong, Manila, and many festivals throughout the UK and Europe and shared the stage with global acts including Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Macklemore, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Hudson Mohawke, Kelis, J Rocc, Just Blaze, De La Soul, A Trak, Massive Attack, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Lil Kim, Pusha T and many more.


Having spent a decade diligently honing his chops as stickman for an assortment of transatlantic outfits - not least Damon Albarn's mighty Gorillaz Sound System, Pauli “The PSM” aka Pauli Lovejoy also assumed the role of MD (musical director) for Jamie xx and FKA twigs. In demand for countless high-profile gigs, and with well-received sideline modelling at both Tokyo & London fashion weeks, Pauli has opted to leave the MD world behind and focus on his solo career. Pauli’s debut body of work The Idea of Tomorrow, featuring Idris Elba, solidified the launch of his live shows with an opening slot for Sampha’s Mercury winning “Process” album tour. When he’s not on a world tour or in the studio - London born Pauli, calls Brooklyn home, where he is the co-founder and resident DJ at monthly party and record label Back to Life. In 2018 Pauli releases his second EP, “Secret Life of a Badman” whilst penning his freshmen LP, “The Power of your Subconscious Mind.”


Move Forward Music is a Brooklyn-based integrated marketing and event production agency specializing in live music and experiential events. We connect artists and brands with fans by creating unique experiences based around music, art and live performance. We approach every event as an opportunity to make a positive contribution to culture and to forge an emotional connection with people that will last forever.


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