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INTERVIEW: Family Friendly Acoustic Rap Songwriter SaulPaul

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Life has been good since the release of my new album We Dream In 3D.

Just found out my song Rise (REMIX) was the 13th most played song in the country last week.

I’m excited to see how high on the charts we can climb and how long we can stay there.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Texas Two Step”?

Aye! Can you walk it forward, can you walk it back! That’s a crowd favorite. It’s a very cool song to perform live. It’s a line dance like the Electric Slide or Cupid Shuffle. It’s easy to learn and everybody gets to participate.

The Texas Two Step is a dance I created so I could rep my state when I’m out and about on tour.

I performed at few dates at Summerfest in Milwaukee and quickly learned that they thought I wore cowboy boots and rode horses because I was from Texas. Less than 24 hours later I wrote the song Texas Two Step. As soon as I finished, I asked my tour manager Nikki B, who is also a choreographer, to help me create a dance for the song so I could expose folks to a side of Texas they obviously didn’t know about. Since then, the song has taken on a life of it’s own and I have performed it for crowds across the country! It’s pretty awesome when you see hundreds of people dancing to your song in unison while you are performing!!!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES! The song has been begging for a visual. We actually just finished shooting it and the editor is currently doing what he does. Once it’s completed in the next few weeks, we will cue it up for release.

The single comes off your new album We Dream In 3D – what’s the story behind the title?

When I say Dream in 3D, that is my creative way of saying make your dreams a reality.

When I say We Dream in 3D it’s because it’s about We not Me.

My motto is Team Work Makes The Dream Work.

I thought it was fitting for this album to be called, We Dream in 3D, with an emphasis on the We, because I wanted others to experience what I do. Everyday I wake up excited about life. I wake up so I can live my dream.

What made you want to write a children’s album?

This album was a long time coming but a natural progression for me. I’ve been sharing my music with young people my entire career. I entertain, inspire an empower over 100,000 youth every year!

I decided to release a children’s album so my young audience could have a SaulPaul album that they could call their own.

How was the recording and writing process?

For this album, I took some of my most popular songs and remixed them featuring some of the young people I have entertained, inspired and empowered over the years! Each song featured on the album was re-imagined, remixed or re-recorded. New Beats, New Verses, New Music!

As a touring artist, I’ve learned that it’s best to engage audiences quickly and to write songs that are memorable. When I’m on stage it’s an experience. When I get in the studio it is about creating an experience as well. And recording it so I can share it with others.

What role does Austin play in your music?

Austin is a creative city that is open minded to new things. Having started my music career in Austin heavily influenced me to be more creative. For me, that was rapping and playing the guitar. And using a loop pedal so that I could beatbox and create impromptu songs on the spot.

Because I was in Austin, nobody looked at me weird. The motto around town is Keep Austin Weird! Also, with Austin being the Live Music Capital of the World, there are plenty of talented musicians. I wanted to stand out, so being in Austin made me better. It made me better because I put in the work to sharpen my guitar playing skills and stand out. Standing out led to me being creative.  And being creative has allowed me to be blaze trails and be successful.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Life. It’s that simple. I am fully engaged in life. I have also toured fairly consistently so I am constantly performing. I see what moves people in the crowd and what part of my life resonates with them the most.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m excited to head out on tour in December. I’ll be promoting my song Be The Change and heading to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philly and New York City. I’ll conclude the tour back in Texas at the Microsoft Store in San Antonio. I’m excited to share some big news on the last day of the tour.

What else is happening next in SaulPaul’s world?

Festival Season.

I’ve been accepted into some pretty prominent music festivals that I’m excited to showcase at in the Spring.

I’ll be at the Folk Alliance International Festival in Kansas City in February.

I’ll be at SXSW in Austin in March.

And then I’ll be at KindieComm in Philadelphia in April.

And to close out the Spring, I’ll be on tour with my SaulPaul’s Dream in 3D Music and Arts Festival in May.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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