THIS WEEK:PAUL LITTLEWOOD
Paul Littlewood is a music artist from South Yorkshire.
Paul makes atmospheric music from the soul via the heart.It has a raw rootsy quality to it,full of wide open spaces & emotional leanings that pull you in like a venus fly trap-linger too long and swoosh-you are his!
Paul has released 3 E.P’s and I’ve been really enjoying listening to them after discovering him recently via his record label – Three Sixty Records who are putting out a fine range of vibrant & interesting releases themselves.
Paul’s latest e.p (Second Hand) has just been released and is made up of very interesting covers of songs by artists such as Mazzy Star,Sparklehorse,Low,Neil Young & Nico (2 of which are included below)-and it is currently available as a FREE download so jump on it quick good people.These songs give a good indication of the good you will find in his work & if they bring some tickle to your boulevard then delve a little deeper into his other work.
This is music that deserves to be mulled over & allowed to breathe,its isn’t in a rush & doesn’t need to be – as Paul himself says of his music “its giving listeners freedom to find in the compositions what they wish”. As it is with all vocal artists,if the unique timbre of Paul’s voice draw’s you in then you are likely in it for the long haul-enjoy & share :)
1.What are you up to at the moment?
Trying to return to the reality of doing the pots after watching Ben Wheatley’s ‘A field in England’. I’d planned to do some writing later so expect a mushroom fuelled, psych explosion record about the English civil war, either that or a folk song about the difficulties of getting a wok clean.
2. Favourite childhood memory?
When I was around 8 or 9 my Dad took me to see the Blues musician Louisiana Red at the Leadmill in Sheffield. At that time there used to be a matinee show before the evening’s performance and I can remember being excited to be somewhere big like the city (I come from a small town near Sheffield called Swinton). I was mesmerised by the performance and also the other people in the audience. I wore my shades to school for a week after that.
Without straying away from music I don’t really have a villain. That said I truly believe Chris Martin must be due a good record.
5. What/who makes you laugh?
Woody Allen films are a fave. Larry David’s ‘Curb your enthusiasm’ is the funniest show I’ve ever seen but it had the adverse effect of turning me into a grumpy, straight talking, 50 something Jewish man. You can’t watch too much of it all at once.
6. Describe what you do?
I’ve always enjoyed listening to records where the song is put before production and I guess that’s my main inspiration. I write my songs on an acoustic guitar then generally let the lyric determine which way the recordings going to go. I use a Zoom MRS-1266, 8 track recorder, which is an amazing tool for a song writer. Although I’ll agonise over the writing of a song, I like to record fast and move on. I think the recording stage can be just the birth of a song, then you get to know it and see if you’re going to be friends, or not.
7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day? Probably this guys.
8. Best musical experience to date?
I’ve really enjoyed releasing the solo EP’s. I’ve found that setting myself release dates is really motivating and I’m also enjoying working on the concept of writing 5 tracks in a certain atmosphere and then changing that for the next EP. My favourite gig that I’ve played was a night in Hamburg on a solo tour of Germany. The venue was run by a great guy called Nils and I met so many lovely people there, it’s an incredible City.
9. What artist inspires you?
I find Low a really inspirational band. I can remember listening to ‘I could live in hope’ for the first time and thinking ‘nothing’s happening on this record, these guys are so brave! The more I listened the deeper I got lost in the songs and I think they really out in today’s culture which seems to be lived so much in the instant.
10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
After being asked to do this interview I firmly believe Fresh on the Net is right on the cutting edge of new music. On a serious point, I think the advice and support that can be found on the Fresh on the net is invaluable for musicians. I found it very difficult as a young musician to understand what my next step was and it took me a while to find the good advice that I needed. I think sites like F.O.T.N can inform and empower musicians to make their own decisions, which is very positive for the creation of new music.