The Rhythm and Booze Project features Felipe and Paul, a duo fusing live music and whisky through gigs, tasting events, and multimedia experiences.

The project was born during a 2012 pilgrimage to the whisky capital of Islay, when Felipe and Paul played in bars and hotels in exchange for a meal, a bed, and healthy drams of whisky.

Regular collaborations since then, including tours in the UK, United States, and South America, led to the creation of The Rhythm and Booze Project, which combines Felipe’s and Paul’s extensive background as professional touring musicians, event producers, and passionate fans of whisky in all forms.

As a musical outfit, the band incorporates roots, folk, and blues music in a uniquely gritty mix of its own, blending hypnotic grooves with raucous energy and irresistible showmanship.

For their whisky tasting events, Felipe and Paul merge performance, live music, and multi-sensory experiences. Past projects encompass blues and whisky tasting events for Islay’s Caol Ila distillery, a tasting event series in Edinburgh that saw live music from local musicians actually alter the taste of whisky itself, and intimate masterclasses with Lagavulin’s distillery manager.

With five professional degrees between them, Felipe and Paul have an academic background to match. Felipe wrote his Master’s degree thesis on sustainable distillation on Islay (conducting field interviews after Islay’s Feis Ile whisky festival), while Paul has just completed his PhD in the history of jazz drumming and the drum kit in New Orleans.

Felipe is also a leading writer about all aspects of whisky for top industry publications including the websites distiller.com and scotchwhisky.com, and also writes about whisky for Forbes.com.

  • The Rhythm & Booze Project
    These guys combine toe-tapping, hip shaking blues with their superb whisky knowledge and passion.

    Colin Gordon

    Distillery Manager, Lagavulin
  • The Rhythm & Booze Project
    I can wholeheartedly recommend Felipe and Paul, they make up the perfect odd couple as companions on a rather interesting journey of intoxication of the mind and spirit.


    Julie Weir

    Label Head, Music for Nations
  • The Rhythm & Booze Project
    Like a great whisky, the Rhythm and Booze Project hit the top notes as well the subtle base notes, the perfect blend to pull your strings.

    Colin Dunn

    Brand Ambassador, Diageo
  • The Rhythm & Booze Project
    Felipe and Paul selected a really interesting range of whiskies for our tasting, and their commentary combined entertainment with in-depth knowledge. The feedback from our conference delegates was excellent.

    Olaf Furniss

    Wide Days Conference Organizer