Jermaine Paul Phone Interview (Sep. 18 2009)
Interview from: ForTHeLatestOnline.com with singer/songwriter Jermaine Paul about his debut album and of course his single “Airplane”.
Here you got a summery of the interview, to listen the whole interview check below.
How it worked all out with Alicia, becoming her background singer and the “Diary” record.
That’s kinda crazy. I was rollin’ with a band called FOCUS in New York and we played at the time at the BB Kings. They had a RnB night every Wednesday or Friday, I forgot. Well one night Alicia came out and she saw us performing and I guess she liked what she heard. After some time we had an other RnB night and she was hosting and asked me on the stage to do a little performance. “I’m really thankful for that. That was really cool!”
For “Diary” I had to fill in on the recording and well I did that and.. well everything else is history. I did it and I just rolled in doing backgrounds with her. When the record was about to come out, I think we were in Amsterdam on a promotional tour and after a rehersal she said: “I think we have to go into the recording studio”. Well I went and I was excited as heaven to be honost!
Which artist inspired you when you grow up?
Ow man, that are so many. There are artists that inspired me vocaly, I have to say the greats like: Marvin Gaye, Ottis Redding and Stevie Wonder. To just name a few. Then musically, from James Taylor to the motown side, to the 80′s vibe and I really was a fan of the late 80′s early 90′s vibe.
Let me ask you about “Airplane”? I mean you killed it vocally! I was like WOW!
I try to bring something that nobody else is doing, at least no male vocalist is doing. It’s the kinda thing that I like. For the song I really wanted to do anything. I didn’t only wanted to make it sound like it, it had to be… I wrote it together with my brother Charles.
What about the debut album, what is it gonna sound like?
Ow men, it is crazy. I’m so excited. I don’t wanna give to much! “Airplane” is just the beginning. Me and my management are always joking around that airplane is the takeoff record, but once we are in the air. OW MY GOD, we got some music we just fly trough. But we got some turbulence as well…
It’s gonna be a real album, we write about love, lost, we write about life. Wrap that all up in an album. Real music, real lyrics.
Which lesson you have learned so far in the industry?
The toughest of them all. SELF-BELIEVE, you gotta believe and keep moving. Sometimes you got to give a little to get a little and sometimes you will be surprised what you get. In the music the sky is the limit.