Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Michael at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, yourstory.
Michael Paul: I arrived in the town of Century, Florida, but most of my adolescence was spent about an hour south west of New Orleans, Louisiana. My interest in music And it’s ability to change a persons mood and feelings, were noticed early on. It has an uncanny ability to communicate feelings and stir emotions to a listener like no other form of communication known, and that’s what intrigued me the most. Even though my love and passion for music was birth from youth, I did not discover my musical abilities until my mid twenties. From there I began to mesh my English and writing background with chord progression and melodies.
I am Currently residing in the state of Texas, (For now) and Within the last four months quite a few changes. I gave up my sales and marketing career, sold the majority of my material possessions I began to follow my passion and my dream, which is to convey a message of hope peace and love, to the majority of humanity that walk this planet. I Recently signed with a record company who is starting the promotion process here in Dallas. So, at the present I am really at the genesis of my music career, even though I’ve been writing and performing music for about a decade. My art reflects my reality…. The struggles I dealt with from the age of five to the present. I try to Paint a picture of my life, some of the struggles, some of the victories, but always about what’s real.
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Shardul Pandey: What makes your endeavors unique ?
Michael Paul: To be honest, I write or observe from a different vantage point or paradigm. I believe that our ‘developmental’ years, and what we were surrounded by during those years, mold and shape the majority of our personality or character. There are those who have faced much trauma or feelings of rejection during that critical time. Many times it is the angle from which I write from. So… I’m not sure about uniqueness or originality…
But I hope what I am ‘given’, can be a form of hope and ‘inner healing’ to many that are searching for that very thing.
Shardul Pandey: On what musical projects you are currently working one? What can we expect from you in the next few years ? Any long term goals?
Michael Paul: Currently, i’m writing the material for a new EP that should be out before the end of 2013. With the completion of that release, I am hoping to have the opportunity to share my music On a much larger scale, travel & breath in The air of new cities and continents and look forward to meeting many new and interesting people along the way.
Shardul Pandey: Would you like to share the experience of your first performance ?
Michael Paul: Small low lit coffeehouse with a handful of people. And I’m asking myself what the heck am I doing here? Then found my courage hiding…closed my eyes, opened my mouth and here we are.
Shardul Pandey: What is your foremost experience as an artist ? Any favorite moment you would like to share?
Michael Paul: Usually it’s the moments when the ones you least expect it, come up after a show to say, ‘thank you’….
Those moments are inked in my memory.
Shardul Pandey: Any other creative mediums you work in?
Michael Paul: I enjoy photography, and sketching…. Painting, but it’s been a few years. ( something to pick up again soon )
Shardul Pandey: How do you best describe what music is to you?
Michael Paul: Music is time slow down. Like heavens hand written notes with just the right amount of spaces in between. (that happen to be ‘art forms’ in there own stunning and peculiar way) It’s An individual form of communication that can be interpreted by the universe. It’s how many of us are able to breath.
Shardul Pandey: Who were your biggest musical influences ?
Michael Paul: I would have to say the biggest influence musically would be Pearl Jam. I can remember that unfamiliar tone coming from my grandmother’s television set when music television played “music”. Then discovered that Vedder happened to be one of the most intelligent minds in music today. Especially when using his thoughts for lyrics. Many bands from era, but also the ones before as well. Hendrix, The Who, Tom Petty; and I can’t leave Bob Marley off the list.
Shardul Pandey: What songs get you moving?
Michael Paul: My blood seems to circulate a little more freely when I am tuning into Rage Against The Machine, POD, or some funk delivered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Especially useful for Those much-needed gym hours.
Shardul Pandey: Any plans for an international tour on your skyline?
Michael Paul: I definitely have it as is one of my goals set. Just how far on the skyline is still yet to be determined.
Shardul Pandey: What you feel is your strength as a musician and how would you like to be remembered ?
Michael Paul: I would hope to think that my biggest strength would be my awareness that we are not guaranteed our next breath much less tomorrow. Some of where my motivation comes from. And when I’m gone….. I hope that ‘humility’, is the common word chosen when being remembered.
Shardul Pandey: What advice would you give to newbie musicians?
Michael Paul: Stay positive! Don’t be afraid of the word ‘No’.
Shardul Pandey: What is your web address, do you own a domain ?
Michael Paul: My site is under currently under construction, but my artist page on Facebook is located here:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelpaul4321
- Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/Michaelpaul4
- iTunes link for my debut “The Drifting EP” – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-drifting-ep/id686258292
- Indiegogo Campaign: http://igg.me/at/MichaelPaulProject
Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?
Michael Paul: To Choose a positive mindset & to choose to help one another. We ALL need help in some fashion or form.