After over 30 years absence from the music industry, the former keyboard and guitarist from the popular 70's Canadian touring progressive rock band "Theatre of Life", Paul Golian returns with a unique style of warm genre and
era blending of folk, country, alternative and rock.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I think I cover a range of genres, a blending of folk, indie, soft rock, brit pop.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Nope, just my name. Paul Golian
What Are or Have been Your Musical Influences?
The Beatles, Peter Gabriel. Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) Genesis, (early and later)
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Actually, life has hit me pretty hard lateley and I have not been in the studio for over 6 months. But I am getting ready to return. Prior to my pause, I started working on a Rock Opera I wrote back in the days of my band "Theatre of Life" a Progressive Rock band in Canada in the 70's. The band played a couple of my songs from the rock opera, but we never did the entire story. I will be working on that likely for the 3 months or so. I'm really exited about finally putting it all to "tape".
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
As my Bio indicated I have been absent from the industry for over 30 years. When I returned in 2015 upon my retirement from the practice of Law, it was a hard road back. I was no where near the talent I was way back then but I worked at it daily to be respectable again...then BAMM! I went down again for a period of time. But I am playing again. Right now I am fund raising for the Downie Wenjack Fund (Gord Downie (Tragically Hip - deceased) and Chanie Wejack (deceased) concerning reconciliation with the indigenous peoples of Canada. I have established a campaign under musicforacause.us where I am offering my entire recorded catalogue for a donation and all proceeds going to the fund.
I am a realist, I am 60 years old, I have been in the industry for over 30 years, there are literally tens of millions of indie artists in the world today doing the exact same thing I am.....writing and recording music in my home studio. I do not sound like or look like any of the main stream "successful" musicians of this day and accordingly will not share in their success. Really I just want to be heard, that's all. There is no greater accomplishment, in my mind, than for an artist to be listened to and shared. So, my plan of action is to reach out to every opportunity I can just to be heard.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Feels Like. Although it was the simpelest of my songs to write and record, it was also the most fun. Its a toe tapper, arms in the air while spinning kind of song. I get a lot of positive feedback when I play it. (and line dancing)
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Just getting heard. Again the indie environment is saturated with millions of incredible musicians just trying to be heard. Just want someone, anyone to listen to our music.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I write a basic song on my guitar, chords and the guitar hook that I'm known for in most of my songs and let it purculate for a while. I'll continually hum it to myself for a few days and in most case dream about it, then I have a bigger picture of what I want it to be. That's when I take it into the studio. The song is completed in the studio. I'll write most of the music while I'm recording. Then I write the lyrics. rarely do I start with the lyrics. To me, the music is the most important part of my music, the melody.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Not a lot, yet. I haven't devoted the effort, yet, that I need to.Once I get back on the saddle, I plan on going full blitz. There is a wonderful resource Jaqueline Jax (AVA Live Radio)who devotes her entire internet career to assisting indie artists. Before I went down these past 6 months I was starting to work with her, and intend on doing so when I return.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I actually have a number of indie artists on my track such as the National Parks, Adam Gordon as well as my fav's Gabriel, Simon Garfunkel, Tragically Hip
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Well it was actually what did I do after I started making music. I started playing at 4 years old on the accordion, then to the piano and then to the guitar. I was in a band from 15 to 20. My last band was a very popular touring Progressive Rock band in Canada Theatre of Life, which were in the process of signing a record deal, but, Steve got married and moved to Csalifornia, Tim joined the army etc etc. Steve wanted me to go with him and his bride to California to continue our music career, but I was hesitant going that far from home, so I stayed and went to school - under grad, masters, Juris Doctor and eventually became a lawyer. Music disappeared until 2015 when after retiring due to health the radio in my head turned back on.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Believe in yourself. Turn off the negativity - set your goal and never, never deviate from it.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would provide better access to opportunities for the indie artist. There is so much incredible music in the indie family, unfortunately it doesn't fit the Swift, Beiber, Adele mold of today’s mainstream successful artists.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Absolutely. Todays mainstream music is one continuous song song by several different artists. They all sound the same with minor differences. We need more diversity in music, and more attention to the music.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
The following link is to my press kit in Reverbnation http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/paulgolian
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