Interview With The Talented Multi-Genre Artist ‘Paul Noir’

How did you get started in the music business in the first place? 

I began my career in rock bands, did some touring, and flirted with record labels for years. I had some small successes and performed on big stages. Looking back, I don’t know that the music we were doing was as honest and true to my heart as this new material. Musicians find their path and purpose at all different stages in life. I guess I needed to experience failure and disappointment to find my true meaning, and to appreciate the process.

How would you describe your latest single? 

‘Anodyne’ is one of the first songs I wrote in this dark cabaret style. It’s a sexy haunting little lullaby that touches on the desires within us. It’s centered on embracing those feelings, and allowing them to lead us to a place that’s exciting and out of our comfort zone. It features a moody trumpet, something that’s been a theme in many of my first releases.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

My songwriting most often begins on acoustic guitar. I come up with the chord progression and verse or chorus vocal melody. Then I either complete the entire song melody, or I begin the lyric on something that comes to me from singing along. The rest of the lyric, I sit down and write like a poem. When the song structure is complete, I take it to my writing partner Nathan Elliott. Together, we sculpt the details and instrumentation. That’s the magic that really brings it to life.

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one? 

I haven’t yet announced the title of my album that will arrive later this year. The title track will be the first single after its release though. I wouldn’t really call it a “concept” album per se. But it definitely is a collection of songs that will define this new sound I’ve created. I think the early singles will have even more meaning when the rest of the album is released.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

I’d love to work with the DeLeo brothers, Robert and Dean from Stone Temple Pilots. They create such dreamy intense colors. I love how they mix different elements of other styles of music like jazz and bossa nova with rock. I’m really looking forward to both of their separate solo albums this year.

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

It’s easy to become disillusioned with the music industry. Many find it difficult to make money off streaming platforms, and it’s hard to make a living playing original music. It’s definitely forced musicians to get creative and find other outlets for their creations. Sadly, I think a lot of great music and artists get lost in the shuffle. I’m just grateful to be able to still make music. I really hope I my songs continue to find their way to an audience who is moved by them.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

My music is definitely not the norm. Maybe it relates to the strange and misunderstood parts of us. I’d like to think it could relate to everyone in different ways. That was the magic of The Beatles and Bowie. Their music followed no rules, no formula. It touched everyone differently. There’s a certain freedom in allowing the dark and mysterious parts of ourselves into our art. People can feel that honesty and vulnerability.

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

I’m a huge fan of a producer named Arnold Lanni. He’s most known for his albums with the band Our Lady Peace, who loved growing up. There’s something about those albums that was raw and inventive in a way I hadn’t heard before. I think he’d be a great match for my sound, and might challenge me to try things different vocally.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ll be putting together a fun quirky band to perform live. I’m really looking forward to having people experience this music in person. My background is entertaining on stage, and I’ll be pouring my heart out at shows. After the release of the full album later this year, I’ll start organising a whole new group of songs I’ve been working on for a follow-up EP or second album.

Where can the fans check out for your music?

My first five singles are available on all major music platforms. Each one has a distinct conceptual video that you can view on YouTube. I’ll share my links below. Thanks so much for these thought provoking questions.

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