Debut Single ‘Carousel’ Unveiled: An Interview with Paul Clare

Guys, have you checked out Paul Clare’s new song “Carousel”? It’s his first single and it’s pretty wild. This London guy has managed to mix old-school songwriting with a modern twist, and it really works.

The track is like a rollercoaster – it’s got these killer riffs and huge choruses that’ll stick in your head. Clare’s voice is unique too, kind of intense but in a good way. It fits perfectly with the song’s vibe.

True to its name, “Carousel” keeps spinning through different styles. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, it changes again. That chorus though – it hits hard and feels so satisfying.

They’ve put out a music video too, which is just as crazy as the song. It’s all quick cuts and flashy visuals that match the energy of the track.

If this is what Paul Clare’s bringing to the table right out of the gate, I’m definitely curious to see what he does next. “Carousel” is a solid start for sure.

We had an interview with the artiste behind this masterpiece and he revealed a lot about himself and whats next for him, join us as we delve deeper into his life.

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Where do you find inspiration?
It sounds unoriginal, but it sort of finds me. Music and words have flooded into my mind from somewhere since I was 7 years old. I’ve never consciously sat down to write anything. Melodies spring out at completely random moments. I can be out shopping, and suddenly need to find a quiet aisle to sing something into my phone recorder.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?

My family didn’t listen to music at all, and I had very limited, passive exposure to it. Soundtracks on films, or advert jingles. I didn’t know released music even existed until I started secondary school.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Not at all, though other branches of the family were. My great aunt was a classical pianist and tutor, and older cousins were packed off for lessons with her – utterly hating it. I saw a piano for the first time when I was 9, and immediately started picking out tunes on the keys, before being told to get off in case I broke it!

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I’m still learning, and hopefully always will. When I was 18 I bought my first keyboard – an old Korg monosynth. Guitar came later. Nowadays there’s a million youtube tutorials, but back then the only way to learn was from someone who already knew how to, which I didn’t have. So it was very intuitive, just picking out what sounded right.

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I grew up in a small town where no band would ever play. When I was 17 I went to Blackpool (nearest large town) to see a band called The Icicle Works, who’d had a few hits in the 80s. The energy and connection to the music was transformational! A complete awakening.

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I grew up in a small town where no band would ever play. When I was 17 I went to Blackpool (nearest large town) to see a band called The Icicle Works, who’d had a few hits in the 80s

How could you describe your music?
Dense. It’s a wall of sound not by being loud, but from many intertwining musical phrases played on different instruments. I can’t stop adding more layers and harmonies. The production phase has a lot of thinning out to create dynamics. I’m trying to work on some quieter things too.

What musician do you admire most and why?
It’s hard to single out one person, but I’ll say Kate Bush. While commercially successful, she always stuck to her creative vision, and incorporated more and more experimentalism into her work as she grew. The Ninth Wave, from the Hounds of Love, is one of the most wonderful and inspiring pieces of music ever.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I think the music I’m making now is what I’ve always aspired to. Learning DAW software, with infinite channels, has just finally made it possible. If I was in a band, playing each part individually, it would need 20 members!

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Unfortunately, a career in music has always been the dream of many and attained by very few. There’s thousands of songwriters and musicians out there who put their music second purely because it’s next to impossible to make a living out of. I work in IT as a ‘day job’.

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Time!! I have children, and they rightly get my attention first. That and not being a trained or technically great musician. Not reading music, my composition notes would be indecipherable to anyone else.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I think it’s changing in very good ways now. The ability for artists to self-release directly to potential fans has exploded compared to a few years go. Streaming payments are pitiful (and always have been), but they’re great exposure for building a fan base which could support the artist with vinyl releases, etc.

Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
“Carousel” describes the process of going through different relationships in life – romantic or friendships. At the start especially they can be dizzying, like whirling around on a funfair ride, and it’s difficult to see clearly. The more we emotionally invest in a relationship, the bigger the disappointment they can be if we’re not aware of the projections we naturally overlay onto others.

What are your plans for the coming months?
There isn’t a firm plan, but I have a second single recorded to release in the Autumn. Hopefully that will see whether there’s enough interest to record an album. I have 14 songs completed & ready to go – if anyone wants to hear them..?

What message would you like to give to your fans?
This is probably the best time ever to be a fan of music. Love it, live it, let it consume you. Seek out and embrace new sounds and music will reward you. It is out there, so never settle for what’s unimaginative or been done a million times before

Mister Styx
Mister Styx
My name is Mister Styx and I'm a music blogger and an HVAC Engineer. I'm passionate about all kinds of music, from rock to hip-hop, Jazz, and Reggae as a matter of fact I am always eager to hear new sounds as music has no barrier, and I'm always looking for new sounds to explore. Hop on lets go fetch for some new sounds!

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