Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Eddie Paul

Eddie Paul
We caught up with Montreal-based musician Eddie Paul to learn more about his modern take on bluesy, folk-rock, the inspiration behind his newest video, the Montreal music scene, and more!

AMBY: Your music crosses the boundaries of many genres; for all those prospective listeners out there, how would you describe your sound?

Eddie Paul: I would describe the sound as being primarily blues, folk, rock inspired with some modern ornamentations. I worked with my friend and producer Seb Black on the record and I recall us spending hours in the studio just fucking around with synthetic sounds, cool layers and paddy/undertone things. It sort of breathed some freshness into the record for me at least, and became more than just the drums, bass and guitar dealio.

AMBY: How has growing up in Canada influenced your music?

Eddie Paul: A lot of ways I’m sure. One off the top of my head would be that Canada has allot of good music education programs and opportunities for kids and people who want to learn. I remember I had guitar and other music classes in school growing up which undoubtedly influenced me.

AMBY: How, in a few words, would you describe the Montreal music scene?

Eddie Paul: It’s great man. Everybody knows everybody it seems. There’s lots of places to play, really cool festivals and amazing support from the arts and music communities. I got into a lot of francophone and regional music from Quebec like rigodon and some other traditional folky stuff that I wouldn’t have otherwise having not lived here.

AMBY: Who were the last three artists/bands you listened to?

Eddie Paul: Warpaint, the Brains, and some Portishead.

AMBY: Your debut album is due in Spring 2015.  What are some of the highlights and challenges encountered while putting it together?

Eddie Paul: There were a lot I suppose. I did learn a lot about the technical aspects of the recording process, mixing and so forth, had many phases of inspiration and discouragement. I actually moved into Emery Street Studios where I recorded the album, so the making of it was like an everyday kinda thing, you know, Seb and I in the studio writing, taping, checking little parts out going over lyrics or vocal flows or other arrangements. Definitely a highlight but, equally challenging.

AMBY: The video for your second single, Hands in My Pockets, was self-made and conceptualized.  What was some of the inspiration behind the video?

Eddie Paul: Ya the video was directed by myself and Karolane Doré (percussions) and we got inspired by a John Waters film called “Pink Flamingo’s”, Which is a completely absurd type of filthy flick. So we tried to think up some of our own characters with their own weird themes and film them happening in a kinda silver, Warhol Factory-esque backdrop. We tied it all in with the idea of using a pair of those vintage Viewmaster goggles just kind of switching from scene to scene.

AMBY: If you had to pick one track off your forthcoming album that you were most proud of, what would it be?

Eddie Paul: It’s a track called “God is Digital”. That’s my pick.

AMBY: When you’re not writing or recording, what do you enjoy doing on your downtime?

Eddie Paul: It gets quite mixed up together really living at the studio and all. It seems even in the downtime its all about music. I seems like I don’t do much else sometimes.

AMBY: What can we expect in the near future from Eddie Paul?

Eddie Paul: More Eddie Paul!

AMBY: Tell AMBY something you’ve never told anyone before.

Eddie Paul: Gee I dunno, we haven’t even met yet…

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Thank you Eddie Paul, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Nadia Kaakati | @NadiaKaakati

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