Paul Klason : "I spend a lot of time composing until I’m fully convinced that the song is what it needs to be"

Published on August 23 2013

Paul Klason : "I spend a lot of time composing until I’m fully convinced that the song is what it needs to be"

Paul Klason accepted to talk to us all about him and his new track "I want your body" now available on Jamendo for free download.

 

1. Could you tell us a little about you? When did you start singing ?

 

I’m a singer, composer and designer from Barcelona, Spain. Ever since I was a kid I showed a great interest in classical music and blues, listening to artists like Son Seals, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Eric Clapton and to the legendary compilation “Alligators Records”. When I was 10, I created my first blues cover band and started performing in public. 2012 was the year of my first solo project (after funk, soul, jazz, rock, pop and disco experiences) which had as main objective to create my own personal touch (bringing together everything I had collected over time). I am also a guitarist and a pianist.

 

 

2. If you had to listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?

 

Justin Timberlake, because I admire his ability to research new sounds and constantly innovate without losing his personal touch and maintaining the essence and elegance of soul music which I think is amazing. However I have other influences : Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi as well as emerging bands (usually from Youtube) like Tori Kelly, Dirty Loops or Travis Garland. I’ve paid a lot of attention to musicians like Maceo Parker, John Mayer, Brian Culbertson and especially Marcus Miller, whom I consider one of the most complete musicians in music history.

 

When I was 10, I created my first blues cover band and started performing in public.

Paul Klason

 

 

3. You just released you new track “I want your body” on Jamendo, along with another album “Back in the day” (2012). How did you come up with this song?

 

"I Want Your Body" has been my biggest challenge musically. I spent four months composing it. It was also my first off-site recording experience, and I was lucky to be working with a renowned rapper, YoungMarkk, from LA. Each story told in the album departs from the idea of the woman and everything that surrounds her. And this track it's not an exception. "Back In The Day" and "I Want Your Body" are the first two singles from the record that we are preparing for early 2014. You can help us fund it from September here : http://www.verkami.com/locale/en/projects/6458

 

Paul Klason : "I spend a lot of time composing until I’m fully convinced that the song is what it needs to be"

4. Do you compose your own songs? Where do you get your inspiration from?

 

I compose my own songs and always start composing the music before I write the lyrics because music is a language in itself. Sometimes creativity is at its maximum level and sometimes it’s good to rest a little when it reaches saturation. A song can come to my mind anytime : While playing guitar or listening to music for example.


5. Within these three albums, is there a particular song that never fails to move you emotionally ?

Even though all the songs are special to me, my first single “Back In The Day” is the most special one to me. I spend a lot of time composing until I’m fully convinced that the song is what it needs to be.

6. Do you perform in public or take part in any competition?

Yes, ever since I was 10, I never stopped playing gigs. I reduced their number ever since I started preparing my first album. Going on stage is what any artist wants, and in my case, the more people the better. About five years ago, I took part in a contest but had to call it off before the finals because they asked us to sell tickets in order to access the next step. I don’t believe musicians should be doing that kind of things. It’s always hard for a musician to make the right choices and I wish those band competitions and showcases could be more of a springboard for emerging artists, give access to a network and training that will help an artist grow. It was nevertheless a good experience since we got to play on important stages.

 

3. You just released you new track “I want your body” on Jamendo, along with two other albums “Soul Project” (2011) and “Back in the day” (2012). How did you come up with this song?

 

"I Want Your Body" has been my biggest challenge musically. I spent four months composing it. It was also my first off-site recording experience, and I was lucky to be working with a renowned rapper, YoungMarkk, from LA. Each story told in the album departs from the idea of the woman and everything that surrounds her. And this track it's not an exception. "Back In The Day" and "I Want Your Body" are the first two singles from the record that we are preparing for early 2014. You can help us fund it from September here : http://www.verkami.com/projects/6458-paul-klason-primer-disco

I don't live in the music world, but in the world I created around her.

Paul Klason


 

7. What does music mean to you? Do you think musicians play a particular role in the society nowadays?

Music means everything to me : great memories and moments and above all, great people around me. It is not about living in the music world, but the world I created around her. It has a big influence on society, everybody listens to music. Its magic resides in its diversity. We often make the mistake to neglect a song because it’s too much of a classic so it’s too “old” or because it’s “commercial”. I think it’s good to be more open minded about music in general. I like to know about people’s musical tastes.


8. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?

I think it’s important to make music more accessible to my fans and the public. My musicians and I realized that for this first album, we need to reach an audience that we still have to win and the experience could not be better. After all, an artist/composer wants to be heard.


9. If we switched places and I was the artist and you were asking the questions, what is one question you would ask me? What would you reply to this same question?

The question would be “Can you get where you are alone?” and the answer is “No”. Behind every song, there are many people working. My musicians (Armando Erenas, Pepo Jimenez, Tito Torres, Núria Martorell, Tony Martin and Carlos Mañez) and our advisory team (Jordi Serra, Kiku Roure and Enric Jofre) are the reason why this project came to life. For me it is very important to mention and recognize this work, because music wouldn’t exist without teamwork. I don’t think it’s possible to become someone in the music industry if we are alone.



 

10. And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo : Is there a fun fact about you that your fans don’t know and would be surprised to hear about?

People often tease me because I am not a drinker or smoker and that the history of music helps to think that without these factors, I will get nowhere in the music industry. The meetings between musicians and advisors are never without beers and a coke, the coke being mine. I’m also a big shower dancer. I would like to take dance lessons someday, but for now it remains a project that stays in the shower.

 


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http://www.twitter.com/paulklason
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Written by The Jamendo Team

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