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

Doing great! I am staying busy and managing to have some fun.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “She Told Me”?

“She Told Me” was one of those songs that pretty much wrote itself. I sat down with my guitar, found the melody and then words just flowed.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was just reflecting on a relationship I had, what she said and what she did were quite different.

Any plans to release a short video for the track?

There is a video of “She Told Me”, produced by Chris Murphy. I am not sure when it will be available. I would guess it will be released June 26th, with the album.

The single comes off your new album Long Long Time – what’s the story behind the title?

The story is that it has taken me a long, long, time to get around to doing an album. The song “Long, Long Time”, co-written with Chris Murphy, reflects on how good things can happen even if it takes a long time!

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process took place at Josh Cutsinger’s Hayloft Studios in West La. I asked Chris Murphy to produce and Josh engineered and mastered everything. Chris assembled the musicians, Nate Lapointe, Andreas Geck, and Michael Jerome. I couldn’t have asked for a better group. Everyone involved made it a very smooth and easy process. It was quite enjoyable. We were also lucky enough to have Herb Pedersen join on this record. The writing was mostly done before I arrived however Chris and I collaborated to fill out the album. Chris Is a phenomenal songwriter in his own right.

What role does California play in your music?

California had little to do with inspiring my music. It’s the people of California who encourage and inspire me.

How has Buddy Holly and Hank Williams influenced your writing?

Buddy and Hank are great songwriters to be studied. I can’t imagine what it’s like being at that level, but I like what they did. I will keep working on the craft.

What aspect of redemption and salvation did you get to explore on this record?

Redemption never entered my mind. I was just looking for stories. As far as salvation, I am always looking for it.

Will you call this your most personal record?

This is my first record so I would call it my most personal.

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

I have been here on earth for some time now and have had enough life experiences to keep me in material for a long, long, time… but mostly I find inspiration from the women in my life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Only time will tell.

What else is happening next in Paul Haas’ world?

Right now I am just waiting for the record release and in the meantime, I will keep writing and pursuing life, liberty and happiness.


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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