The New York-based musician and pop junkie has just released the video for his single “Body Connection” (featuring Out Rapper Loco Ninja). The video is being described as a cross between the controversial novel “50 Shades of Grey”, Madonna’s “Justify My Love” and those racy Tom Ford Ads.
And, we’re revisiting our interview with him, for those who missed it the first time around…..
Celebzter: I love the song Body Connection…where did your inspiration for it come from?
SIRPAUL™:I was really missing those provocative songs that were banned from MTV in the 80′s (like George Michael “I Want Your Sex”). I think pop music today is a bit too literal for my taste and there’s no “soul behind the computer ” so to speak. It lacks the sexiness and suggestive nature that major artists like Madonna & Prince so fluidly worked into their music. “Body Connection” is all about sex…really HOT sex. I find sex very inspiring.
Celebzter: How would you describe the sound?
SIRPAUL™:“Body Connection” is like a futuristic disco/hip-hop hybrid. Let’s just call it Electropop.
Celebzter: And the album The Horse, how would you describe that?
SIRPAUL™:The Horse is the album I always wanted to make. It’s a very personal piece to me because I found myself revealing so much of my subconscious in the poetry of the lyrics. At the same time, melodically speaking, it’s a bit darker than my last albumMusic & Me. It’s very nostalgic and strangely familiar in a lot of ways upon first listen. I wanted to reference a little bit of all of the music I heard in my house growing up with my 4 siblings. We all loved different iconic artists: Van Halen, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Stevie Nicks…I think you can hear a touch of all of those artist’s influence on The Horse. I also like to push the envelope sound wise and always try to bring something fresh and new to my fans so there’s really something special there for everyone on this album.
Celebzter: You used to write club music, but you made the move to pop….is that something you much more prefer?
SIRPAUL™:Yeah, I’m a pop junkie. I think the term “club music” is so funny because EVERYTHING you hear on the radio today sounds EXACTLY like what we considered “tacky club music” in the 90′s!! I still love to make music you can dance to and I currently work in several different genres of music composition & production but there’s just something so much more satisfying about telling a story through a pop song. Pop music makes you feel good or commiserates with you when your sad. I want to make music you sing to in the shower.
Celebzter: Who and what inspires you?
SIRPAUL™: Innovative thinkers. People who are progressive in their creative process and push their own boundaries without thinking about whether or not they will end up with a commercially successful end result or product. I like to push buttons so I find myself inspired by people who aren’t afraid to cause a little controversy. I’m endlessly intrigued by characters like Tom Ford, Madonna, Johnny Depp, Tony Ward, Prince & David Bowie… People that appeal to both sexes. They trigger the primal aspect of the male and female sexual psyche. It makes you uncomfortable. I think I’m kind of like that and that can be very powerful.
Celebzter: is it harder or easier now for people to get their music heard?
SIRPAUL™:It’s easier to release your own music but that just makes it harder to find the diamonds as you sift through the sand. If you want to be heard you better be very tech savvy because if you blink you will miss your opportunity to make a virtual connection that could potentially change your career and get you noticed. Back in the real world things haven’t changed- If you want to be heard sometimes you just have to scream.
Celebzter: You’ve been in the club circuit for quite some time, you must have had some interesting experiences….care to share just one?
SIRPAUL™: Oh nightlife. Such a twisted little microcosm… I always see celebs at Gay clubs in NYC because they feel like they can hide out there and let loose, gay or straight. (See? Gay clubs really are just better, sorry!) I remember going to see my friend Larry Tee DJ at a party in Williamsburg and when I walked in I saw this stunning, really tall drag queen sitting against the wall relentlessly swaying back and forth to the music. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her for some reason…probably because it turned out she wasn’t a drag queen, it was Naomi Campbell.
Celebzter: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
SIRPAUL™:Confidant, Creative & Real.
Celebzter: What can we expect from you in coming months?
SIRPAUL™:I’m shooting the video for my new single “Body Connection” (featuring Out Rapper Loco Ninja) in mid March and my new album The Horse comes out on April 3rd on iTunes worldwide. Then I head to LA to attend the LOGO NewNowNextAwards.
Celebzter: What do you think about the current crop of pop talent? Who do you love, who do you hate and why?
SIRPAUL™:I’m a big fan of all things pop but I must say…it’s time to let the robot voice go! We’ve all been there and done that (myself included). Now it’s time to actually be able to identify who is singing the song. Honestly? Britney, Katy, Rihanna, they all sound indistinguishable at this point. The artists I love always fly just below the radar and I’m totally fine with that. I loveRobyn. She is hands down my #1 girl. Pure talent, innovative sounds and an all around amazing performer. I’m also feeling some new electropop male duos: The Sound of Arrows (whom I just finished a remix for that I’m very excited about!) &Garcon Garcon. They’re bringing a fresh alternative to the “fem-bots” that are currently in heavy rotation on the radio.
Celebzter: Lastly, you have trademarked the moniker SIRPAUL…. why did you choose that name? We take it you haven’t had any reaction from “his” people yet?
SIRPAUL™:I honestly didn’t choose the name it sort of chose me. My father used to call me “Sir Paul” because I was a very well spoken child and it just kind of stuck in my head. When I was growing up I was bullied a lot in school and as I got older, it taught me a lot about respect and treating people the way you want to be treated yourself. I realized that the name my father gave me commanded respect and I liked that. There are other singers who’ve recently adopted the prefix “Sir” in front of their name and people always ask if that bothers me. I personally could give a shit. I just think if you are such a creative person than maybe you should at least come up with your own name? I’m glad I knew enough to trademark my name SIRPAUL way back in 1998 because soon after doing so, Paul McCartney was knighted and people started to call him Sir Paul. You can call him whatever you want but he will alwaysbe Paul McCartney from the Beatles. There is only one real SIRPAUL™ and that’s me.