INTERVIEW: Paul Loren
Hi Paul, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Doing very well, thanks!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “(Gonna Take) A Little Time”?
It’s a fun rock ’n roll song about patience. We’re always so wrapped up in the destination or the end goal; why not enjoy the journey or the process to get us there? Obviously we live in a culture of immediacy and instant delivery, but this song is a gentle reminder that it’s OK to wait around for something good (as much a reminder to myself as to anyone!).
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Funny enough, I was actually stuck underground in the New York City subway; thought I’d make the most of the delay and so I started humming this melody. The anxiety and frustration from folks around me in the train car was so palpable—I wanted to cut right through it with a “hey! this isn’t THAT bad” type framing.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! The video will be released in the coming weeks, and was really a joy to produce. It was directed by the supremely-talented AJ Ingoglia, features the full band and was shot at the marvelous Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn, NY.
How was the recording and writing process?
While underground, I had hummed that little melody into the Voice Memo app on my phone—which truly is a great writing tool—and as soon as I got above-ground and to my piano, I started fleshing it out. Once the first line came—“it’s getting better every minute, every day”—the rest of the song came very quickly.
I’d been playing this song at live shows with the band before cutting it to tape, so the recording process was also super smooth and immediate.
What made you want to go with an old magnetic tape recorder for this song?
Tape is always a natural choice for me when recording. There are some magic harmonics and perhaps some fairy dust in the format which don’t exist digitally (yet)—it just sounds instantly like a finished record. So I usually hit the tape machine first: in this case the rhythm section records the basic backing track to tape; I pick the best take; then I dump all that audio into the digital realm.
What role does Brooklyn play in your music?
Well, all of New York City is really a muse to me. Aside from the great rock ’n roll, pop and soul records (of the 50’s and 60’s) that I love being made here, the pulse of this city tends to inform the energy of my music—whether consciously or not.
How do you go on blending and balancing your classic roots with your much modern influences?
The thing that really contemporizes my music are the themes—“(Gonna Take) A Little Time” is a song about modern life. But the actual process of music-making is more akin to the way records used to be made. And I prefer the feel of that process, not to mention the results, rather than creating it all in a computer or on a beat machine. It’s much more human to me.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I’m always writing new tunes, and am definitely plotting towards a full record.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Nothing material yet, but you’ll be among the first to know!
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ll be supporting this single with live shows for the rest of the year; stay tuned to my website—PaulLoren.com—for all dates. I may just be coming to a town near you!
What else is happening next in Paul Loren’s world?
More music, more great meals with loved ones… and more coffee!
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