Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Paul Federici

Paul Federici
Photo by Justin Godelie | @jurego

Fresh off of his Western Canada Tour, Grimby’s Paul Federici returned home for local main-stay SCENEfest. Paul slotted some time in between Timmie’s runs and swooning sets to talk with A Music Blog, Yea? about the tour, coming home, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

AMBY: I’m here with Paul Federici, thanks for carving out some time for me man!

Paul Federici: It’s my pleasure, always, you guys are the best. I’ve always got time for you, Shannon.

AMBY: It must be nice being back home after an extensive tour of Western Canada.

Paul Federici: Yea, it’s very nice to be home. I drove about 11,000 km over about 28 days, and it’s good to be home- it is, yes, very much so.

AMBY: That’s a lot of driving.

Paul Federici: That is a lot of driving, especially on my own. I did the whole thing by myself. It was interesting. They shut part of the Trans-Canada Highway down on me, which made do back to back 11 hour days of driving to get to Thunder Bay, only, which was totally worth it, but yea it is awesome to be back.

AMBY: Any notable highlights of the tour?

Paul Federici: Every artist I met was fantastic, I had some great shows in Regina with Roxie Lenton, who was just phenomenal, and the girls I played with in Vancouver were incredible as well. Every place I visited was amazing because I had never been to any of these places before, but the whole tour from start to finish was great.

AMBY: You’ve played SCENE a number of years now, what keeps you coming back?

Paul Federici: Uh, the wristbands keep getting cooler, like this one, this year is a yellow-ish colour… no I mean it’s a great festival. It’s my hometown, I love to be a part of it and now it’s a big huge two-day thing and I was hoping I could get on the lineup just so I could be part of a historic event.

AMBY: Do you have anyone that you need to see, or anyone you would recommend?

Paul Federici: There’s a great local band, Kaptur, Riley Jensen is the one-man army behind that and he’s phenomenal. I want to see Trouble & Daughter, Lights is really hot so I’d like to see her, but there’s so many great acts here.

AMBY: If you could curate your own fest, where would it be and who’d headline?

Paul Federici: I’m just trying to figure out exactly what curate means- is that, like, pickling something? [laughs] Where would it be? I would have it in Grimsby damn it! That’s where I live right now and Grimsby is hurtin’. We have a market every Thursday and if I could tie the two in together and become a curator at the same time, there’d be some epic results.

AMBY: And who’d be headlining?

Paul Federici: I would. I would be the headliner. It would just be me and I would get a lot of shitty, shitty acts to play before me so I’d look way better.

AMBY: So just you and the market crowds…

Paul Federici: Yea, exactly.

AMBY: So after closing out a tour, are you anxious to get back on the road or are you ready to stay home for a while?

Paul Federici: I was gone for 28 days, played almost 20 shows and I enjoyed it, but it was a little bit lonely at times. I would love to do the east coast. It went really well and I’d like to do it again next year, I think, but right now I’m just going to enjoy a bit of home life and enjoy the summer. I have a new house, so I’m trying to pretend like I’m grown up or something.

AMBY: Lastly, can you tell me something about Paul Federici that most people don’t know yet?

Paul Federici: People find it weird that I do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’ve been doing that for almost 10 years and I like to grapple and do mixed martial arts. I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of really cool folks- it’s actually helped me a lot. I wrote an article for Jits Magazine about a year or so ago and it talked about how it’s helped me on and off the mats. Oh, and I drink a ridiculous amount of coffee. I’m sweating like a fat kid in church, is that the saying? Fat kids in church? But I’m still drinking the coffee and it’s like 40C out here and I’m just pounding back a hot coffee. That’s it though, there’s nothing else interesting about me.

AMBY: Get to know more about Paul Federici, head to his website PaulFederici.ca.

Paul Federici: I also own PaulFederici.com should you make a mistake.

AMBY: You’ve made it real easy!

Paul Federici: Yea, well thanks for interviewing me, it was good to see you.

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Thank you Paul, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Shannon Bryan | @xoradioxo

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