SIRPAUL™ Performing “Glow”, “Music & Me” & “Do U” LIVE at Town Danceboutique Washington, DC 11/16/12.
The Brand New SIRPAUL™ “Glow” EP is available NOW on iTunes! The EP Features INCREDIBLE Remixes by Prince Persona, Orly Productions, Worsfold, and Keven Maroda! About the single SIRPAUL says “The song ‘Glow’ is about taking a chance on love and trusting your intuition. It’s about finding the kind of love you dream about and being willing to risk it all to hold on to it.” The single made its debut at the Poptronik Festival in Sitges, Spain.
SIRPAUL™ Performed a whopping 4 TIMES at the first ever Poptronik Festival in Sitges, Spain September 1st & 2nd 2012. Created by the joining of the forces behind EQMusicblog.com & Aztec Records, Poptronik is the beginning of something SIRPAUL describes as “quite magical.” The electropop artist performed a tight set of his most popular singles as well as his soon to be released new single “Glow”. Poptronik featured some of the most exciting new artists in the international electropop scene – Garcon Garcon, Nina, Woman E, Adam Tyler, Electrovamp, Andy Bell of Erasure, Monarchy, Mickey Cupid, Prince Persona, Johnny Lazer, Parralox, Phil Marriot, Sudha from Faithless, Barb@zul, Disco Damage, Lady Gaga’s DJ Fernando Garibay, Yall, Markus Riva, Scissor Sisters DJ Sammy Jo with Adam Joseph and Cazwell.
Check out these EXCLUSIVE video clips of SIRPAUL™ *LIVE* at the Poptronik Festival in Sitges 2012:
SIRPAUL “Glow” Official EP Cover Art
Photo: Michael Young
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SIRPAUL™ “Provocateur” (Spoken Word) Video Directed by Stavros Agapiou
Written By SIRPAUL © 2012
If a feeling comes out that’s provocative, I indulge it.
I express it. I caress it. I arouse it.
I give in to temptation…Does that make me a sinner?
What is the meaning of Sin?
Which of your thoughts do you you choose to repress?
Do I challenge your morals?
Is morality a costume you’ve designed for yourself…like a harness or a mask?
Where does your shame come from?
How do you disguise it?
I can see it. I see you. The real you….and that makes you uncomfortable.
Do you feel vulnerable when someone else is watching?
There you are.
Naked and scared.
Alone and easily aroused.
Should I lower my voice?
I want to push you past your limit.
I want to challenge your beliefs.
I want you to ask me anything.
And I will lie down next to you… naked… and sin.
I had the pleasure to interview SIRPAUL™! I’ve introduced you to this great artist last week and now you have the chance to get to know him a bit better! Check out Part 1 of my interview!
1. Who came up with the concept for Body Connection music video? What was the inspiration behind it?
Director Andreas Anastasis came up with the concept and it was inspired by Madonna’s “Justify My Love”, all of those controversial Tom Ford ads where he’s all suited up with beautiful naked bodies around him and the controversial novel “50 Shades of Grey” by E. L. James.
2. The collaboration with Loco Ninja was a perfect combination of electro music with hip-hop. What made you pursue this collaboration?
I always loved the idea of having a rapper featured on one of my tracks but I never really found a lyricist who had the right sound for what I had envisioned. I had never met Loco until after we recorded his part of the song! I heard his music through friends on Twitter and I could tell he was really talented. He said that he was interested in collaborating and I thought “Body Connection” would be the perfect fit for him to be featured on. I’m really happy with the result.
3. With whom would you love to work with and why?
I want to work with Madonna. I feel like she has lost touch with some of the elements of what her fans loved the most about her music. As a producer, I would love to get her back to being focused on the quality of the song as a whole and force her to work harder if she wants to be the person writing the lyrics. Enough with the nursery rhymes…let’s get back to creating the iconic, innovative songs we love to hear from her. I also want to do duets with Shirley Manson from Garbage and Terri Nunn from Berlin. Their voices would work well with mine.
4. Your sonority is quite sexy and very much into the dance scene. Who are your musical inspirations?
I am influenced by the great pop icons of the 80s like Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, George Michael & Prince. I’m also very obviously influenced by New Wave and synthpop bands like Depeche Mode, Erasure and New Order. I love Deee-Lite and came up in the NYC 90’s club scene so you can hear all of those musical influences on my new album “The Horse”.
5. When will we be graced with a brand new single off The Horse?
Soon! I really want to give “Body Connection” enough time to get inside your subconscious and stay there for a while. The next single is going to be announced soon and I’m hoping to start working on that video ASAP!! I’ll keep you all posted 😀
6. Are you excited about performing at the Poptronik Festival in Sitges?
Oh my GOD…YES!!! These are all the bands that I listen to and I feel so blessed and honored to be sharing the stage with them. I’ve never been to Spain before so this is going to be such an exciting magical experience for me.
7. Where would you most like to perform?
At Madison Square Garden in NYC. It would just completely blow my mind.
8. If you were given the opportunity to choose between touring with Britney Spears or Lady Gaga who would you pick and why?
I would loooove to tour with Gaga but she’s got such a diehard fan base that I think it might make it difficult for any opening act to really shine. Soooo….I’d choose Britney. She’s so checked out of her own career right now and it’s my turn to do my thing.
9. Do you believe now that being an artist and being openly gay is easier than it, let’s say… 10 years ago? What has changed?
It’s such a hard question to answer because the fact that I’m gay is such an insignificant part of my music. I write universal songs that people can relate to, listen to and hopefully make their own. I hate the idea of having to hide your sexual orientation for anyone and that’s why I hesitated to ever meet with A&R people from record labels and instead I started my own label, Controversial Records, through which I release all of my music exactly the way I want it to sound. I need to be authentic and stay true to myself and my art. That’s what resonates with people in the long run.
10. Looking at The Horse booklet we can absolutely agree you have a great body. What do you do to get those abs? And how many times do you go to the gym to keep it up?
Thank you 😀 I never had this body until I came up with this crazy idea to be photographed NAKED on a HORSE! So to get in shape for that shoot, I cut out wheat, dairy, soy and red meat from my diet and started to work out 6 days a week for two and a half hours a day. It sounds completely insane, but it’s become a lifestyle change that I have made permanent. I feel too good inside and out to sacrifice that for anything.
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And time for Part 2 of my interview with the one and only SIRPAUL! 🙂 These are “easier” questions comparing to the ones on the first part. We find out his thoughts on illegal downloads, which celebrities he would love to have sex with (hehe, hope he doesn’t have a problem with this).
1. What are your thoughts on illegal downloads? Have you ever downloaded a song illegally?
I think it’s the reason why I’m doing this interview with you right now! People don’t like change and the music industry is 100% different today than it was 10 years ago. I always download my music on iTunes and pay for it (you should too!) BUT… In the event that I can’t find a song there or anywhere that I can pay to download it and I find it for free? I’ll download it. I’m an audiophile and I like my music to be the highest quality audio there is so MP3’s really don’t cut it for me in the long run and I wind up replacing every illegal download with a legal one. It all really just viral marketing and promotion so as far as my music is concerned, I just want you to have it any way you can get it. It’s kind of like a first date, you should always offer to pay.
Now a bit of easier questions, hehe.
2. What artist are you listening to on your iPod?
All boys for once, actually! The Sound of Arrows, Baby Alpaca, Garçon Garçon, Bright Light Bright Light, Patrick Wolf, Christopher Dallman & SIRPAUL. Really loving the This Beat is Poptronik – Volume 1 compilation too!! Soo well-curated.
3. If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
I have a really great 2nd career in the beauty industry but I secretly want to start a mens fashion line and eventually create a SIRPAUL™ signature fragrance.
4. What are the five things you can’t live without?
My husband Paul, my family, Black Eyeliner, Glycolic Acid & good hair products.
5. Which 3 celebrities would you most like to have sex with?
Ooooh!! You’re gonna get me in trouble with this one!!! LOL! I’ll say Johnny Depp, Joe Mangianello and Megan Fox….all at the same time :O
6. Would you rather have super strength or super intelligence?
Italy with my entire family.
8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what is the ONE thing you would miss the most?
My husband Paul Salvatore Petersen.
9. Team Jacob or Team Edward? Why?
Is that a Twilight thing? I have no idea who these people are. LOL
10. Is acting on your future plans? What genre of film or TV show you would like to star in?
You know, it would be a huge challenge for me but I’m totally open to it if the right opportunity comes along. I’d like to do something serious and meaningful before I ever step foot near anything comedic. I do have a really twisted sense of humor but I still think I’m too self-conscious to let go enough to do comedy…yet.
11. Ten years from now you will be….
A household name. All caps, one word: SIRPAUL ™
Who is SIRPAUL™? At first glance, he is a fashionista mixed with a touch of sex symbol but trust me, it gets much deeper than that. A touch of Madonna with a little Lady Gaga thrown in, but absolutely an original in his own right. Listen to his music and you imagine a fun-loving guy who would be great fun to hang out with. Then read about him and see that he has a head on his shoulders, a LOVE for what he does, and he really knows what’s what in the music business. He’s an artist, a lyricist, a producer, dancer, and a fan of great music. He is very social media savvy, which connects him directly to what his fans are looking for or, more importantly, need.
I thoroughly enjoyed his answers to my questions, I learned so much about him and I hope you do to:
Q: You are pretty much a veteran of the music business. How has the industry changed in the time you have been recording/writing/performing?
A: Wow. It’s 100% different than when I started out. Now it’s all about the artist connecting with their fans and I think that’s a good thing.
Q: Tell us a little about your new solo album, ‘The Horse’ and about working with superstar international DJ/Producer Alex Lauterstein?
A: “The Horse” is the album I always wanted to make… it’s a really personal project that I feel deeply connected to. It’s about facing my fears, owning my sexuality, learning to love and becoming my authentic self. The influences on the album are all sounds that I grew up listening to so there’s a sense of 80s nostalgia in there juxtaposed with modern electropop.
I wanted to create a complete listening experience from start to finish over the course of the 15 tracks on the album. You can listen to every track from my new album “The Horse” on my Soundcloud page before you download on iTunes. I really can’t tell you how excited I am to share it with all of you!!
Alex Lauterstein is one of my best friends and he’s an amazing human being. Working with Alex is always an amazing growing experience for me. I’m a total control freak so it forces me to be open to new ideas. Our side project Simulover is very experimental and we both use it as a way to get out of our comfort zone and express ourselves without any of the constraints we place upon ourselves as solo artists.Simulover will be performing on the main stage at Washington DC Capital Pride on June 9th & 10th. Can’t wait!!
Q: You were making club music for over 10 years in NYC and then changed over to pop. Was this a natural progression for you? What are the similarities? Differences?
A: You know… it’s a very strange thing how somehow I got looped into making dance music first, switched over to pop and now I’ve somehow fused the two genres. It was a very natural progression for me and I just went with the flow. When I was feeling like making songs with electric guitars in them, I just did it. When it’s time to dance I certainly don’t hold back either and I just tap into that part of myself that basically grew up on the dance floors of NYC.
Q: Your bio is very impressive, heavy rotation on the Logo television network and a profile on MTVmusic.com. It seems like you are very good at achieving your goals, what’s up next for you?
A: Thank you. I have honestly worked very VERY hard on my career for a long time. I am proud to say that I have achieved many of the goals that I’ve set for myself thus far. What’s up next? Well I’m starting to tour and I’ll be playing at the Poptronik FestivalSeptember 1st & 2nd in Sitges, Spain alongside some of my favorite electropop artists like Garcon Garcon, Bright Light Bright Light, Kazaky, Adam Tyler, Carlos Nobrega, Markus Riva, Martika, Woman E, Queen of Hearts and many more. In October I’lll be visiting Huntsville Alabama to perform at an Anti-Bullying rally for GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. and I’m really excited about being there. I am currently promoting my new single & video for “Body Connection” (feat. out rapper Loco Ninja) directed byAndreas Anastasis and I will be shooting the video for the next single soon. Life is insanely busy these days but all very good and exciting things are happening so I’m feeling very blessed.
Q: Today’s artists need to have a Social Media presence as well as the proper knowledge and a good Social Media plan. In your opinion, how has Social Media changed the industry? Any downside to it?
A: Social media has made it possible for emerging artists to get out there and create visibility for themselves. I was into it very early and I think it’s helped me stay ahead of the curve and let go of a lot of the resentment that some artists have against digital media. I think the only downside is that some people don’t want to pay for the music that we, as artists, work so hard to create. Social Media is amazing but it is an extremely time-consuming, full-time job that you are required to master if you want to have a genuine connection with your fans.
Q: Speaking of Social Media, where can we find you online?
A: Everywhere! You can start here:
Q: Who are some of your dream artists to work with? Producers? Singers? Songwriters? Musicians?
A: Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Prince, George Michael, Terry Nunn (from Berlin) and Shirley Manson. I would also like to work with William Orbit & Mirwais.
Q: Reality TV has become synonymous with music. What do you think of shows like American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent? Are they helpful to the industry?
A: I don’t really watch them but I’m sure that they have their place in helping people get discovered. I think they are, in their own way, actually helping the industry.
Q: Longevity is something that isn’t easy to come by. What do you think are the most important aspects/tools for an artist to secure they will be around for a while?
A: Stay true to yourself and your brand. Figure out what sets you apart from other artists. Don’t jump on the bandwagon of the “new sound” or trend…it’s cheesy. Learn how to use Twitter…it’s the best thing in the world for networking that exists I’m #obsessed.
Q: Do you think some artists put out too much music in a short period of time?
A: Yes. We don’t need every single demo you ever made released as a single. Take a break, live your life a little bit and then come back with something very strong for your listeners. We need to missss you!
Q: What’s up next for SIRPAUL™?
A: I’m working on the next video, producing music for some very cool new artists and remixing a lot. I love to remix artists that are from a different genre than my own, like the remixes I just did for Christopher Dallman & Baby Alpaca.
Q: Anything you want to leave your fans with?
A: I want to thank you for letting me connect with all of you through my art. I set out to make 2012 the best year of my life and so far it has been truly magical. Command respect, live the life you set out to live, never betray yourself and always remember that you are royalty. Hit me up on Facebook or Twitter and say hello! Lots of love and light xxx @SIRPAUL
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