Lucky us at Xyza, our Junior Reporter Chloe got to interview Oscar, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy winner, Paul Epworth. You may have seen Paul on stage with Adele accepting Album of the Year at this year’s Grammys. Paul is a music producer and songwriter and we think he’s pretty awesome. Paul has worked with some of the biggest stars from Adele to Bruno Mars to Bono — but you know what we love the most? While he is a musical genius, he is also a super cool guy, loving dad and about as sweet as can be. Below is a part of the interview.
AS A CHILD, WHAT ROLE DID MUSIC PLAY IN YOUR LIFE?
My parents loved music and encouraged me to have guitar lessons, but it was classical guitar (and they didn’t really listen to much at home), so I didn’t really begin playing properly until I bought an electric guitar at 14 and some cassettes to learn from. The music my parents listened to taught me a lot about melody and harmony and the magic of synthesizers, but when I began to discover the music of my generation, that was when I realised it was what I wanted to do.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A CHILD INTERESTED IN MUSIC?
Practice! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to make silly sounds and if you hear music that makes you feel something, if it makes you happy, sad, afraid or angry try to work out why because that’s the real magic!
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Most people would think it was hanging out with superstars, but the real joy is in playing with instruments and making fun sounds and being creative. Having an idea and then trying to make it real is still the most ful lling thing about my work!
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSIC PRODUCER AND SONGWRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I was younger, but I’m colour blind so it meant I can’t fly planes. 🙁 I guess it worked out ok though, I was meant to do other things! 🙂