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.
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
SIRPAUL™ released his controversial new music video “Body Connection” (feat. Loco Ninja) on April 17th, 2012 via EQMusicBlog.com. About the Andreas Anastasis directed mini-movie, EQ says “it’s dirty, it’s sassy, it’s a little “Justify My Love“ by Madonna, controversial Tom Ford ads and the book “50 Shades of Grey“ all rolled into one 7 minutes of pure pop pleasure by SIRPAUL”
Are you curious?
(Click the image below to watch this video. SIRPAUL appears at 1:35)
SIRPAUL™ Speaks with World of Wonder‘s Damiana Garcia at the 2012 Logo NewNowNext Awards
(Click the image below to watch this video. SIRPAUL appears at 6:18)
Original Post can be found [HERE]
Album Review: “The Horse” by SIRPAUL
By Mandy Rogers / Photo By Michael Young
The Chinese may have declared this to be the Year Of The Dragon, but in terms of popular music there has been a likeminded physic wave of thought that has been coming to light over the past few weeks. We’re not horsing around! An equine theme has been emerging, most noticeably The Scissor Sisters announced a follow-up single to “Shady Love”, called “Only The Horses” but there are a few others bobbing about out there too.
There’s one artist that we care too write about a lot, as for us, his music continually hits our hot spot. When it comes to dance synth pop, he’s bang on trend of it, and it seems new album out, SIRPAUL has pulled in a fortuitous stroke with naming his new album “The Horse”, even though he obviously didn’t know so when he was working on it.
We have had the immense pleasure to listen through SIRPAUL’s forthcoming long player “The Horse” and in turn present to you our review of it.
The album seamlessly wends its way from beginning to its 15 track end, encountering and capturing a sonic spectrum of the 80’s sounds, fired from the off by a rolling nu-wave dance introduction of “Ride” into the Hi-NRG push of “Human Machine” and thirdly into a drop down of bass line bump and grinding on newly released single “Body Connection” featuring New York Rapper Loco Ninja, that tops off with a semi prominent spacey synth hook, which if my ears do not deceive me, SIRPAUL is masterfully pulling a cheeky play on Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”!
Well now, the answer to that I just cannot divulge – so best you just listen on the track!
Hot stepping it into the disco – “King Of The World”, first touches in on some Pet Shop Boy’s inspirational sound bytes that runs through on “Glow” and other tracks further down the line, but on “King Of The World” it’s very much a “Go West” vibe that emanates and shakes it’s disco tail.
As we hit “Lay It On Me” we’ve clicked in on the late 80’s American wave of mirror ball spinning synth charged melody, which kicks back in again later down the line on the album on “Dark Beat” – both are going to take a good number of it’s listeners back to their school disco days.
For all the album’s coherent disco and 80’s representation it’s track “Like A Horse” that I feel beats from a different drum, more of a progression into the 90’s, with a distinct indie pop bounce about it, rather like The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – quite different from anything else I’ve heard from SIRPAUL before, but it completely works and it’s a definite album highlight for me. An indie pop interlude and straight back onto the Studio 54 disco dance floor with us on “To The Beat Of My Heart” , which was put out as a taster a few weeks ago, which we jumped to review (see the review here)
Every album brings in a slowie or two, “The Horse” is no exception, it has two “Nude” and slinky ballad “In Your Eyes”, which of the two shows off SIRPAUL’s accomplished musicality to full perfection. To my mind “In Your Eyes” is SIRPAUL’s finest moment yet.
What can we say about “5th Pocket” well, there’s always room for a little bit of camp, in my book, especially when it’s so fun, flirty and not too serious of itself!
On my first listen through of this album, it was next up on the listing “Strict”, that boldly shone out, for one thing with it’s forthright lyrics and uberly sexilicious bass line pound, but moreover, that I felt this track would be an absolute fit for Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon’svoice, not that SIRPAUL doesn’t in anyway sell it, because he does, but to hear Simon Le Bon sing this, would be amazing I think!
As the album draws in, one more turn around the home of disco, studio 54 with us, with it’s cowbells at the ready – the complete disco recipe brews up on “Hardcore Crazy”.
To close on “Universal Love”, with what I would term as a return to SIRPAUL’s signature sound, stemming from previous album “Music and Me”, this is the most identifiable track to anything that has foregone before the release of “The Horse” album and aptly as an album closer, completes a circle.
If you are crazy mad on synth pop, or enjoy very good pop to bop too, “The Horse” whilst an accomplished music piece, is not pretentious of it’s polish, it’s fun with a capital F and although it is 15 tracks long it’s careful to shift it’s dynamics too keep the listener engaged, bolstering broad appeal to the wide music consumer market.
Last word on it – It’s quite something you should buy it!
“The Horse” by SIRPAUL will be released on April 3rd and will be available via iTunes.
Posted by EQ Trax at 5:13 PM in Album Recommendations
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
SIRPAUL “Body Connection” (feat. Loco Ninja)
The single version features super hot “out rapper” Loco Ninja, and adds un enexpected modern hip-hop twist to the song.
“Body Connection” is the lead single from SIRPAUL’s new album The Horse, the highly anticipated follow up album to 2010’s critically acclaimed Music & Me.
A sexually charged pop anthem that oozes sensuality, the single immediately brings to mind iconic, controversial pop stars like Madonna & George Michael.
From the moment you hear the pounding baseline and the retro-sexy strings you knowyou’re in for something very dirty.
The music video is set to be directed by long-time SIRPAUL collaborator Andreas Anastasis. Guaranteed to be a flesh soaked feast for the eyes with barely dressed models used as SIRPAUL & Loco’s accessories. Filming is set to start on March 18th in NYC and the video is expected to be released in early April of 2012.
For more information about SIRPAUL™ go to www.sirpaul.com
For more information about Loco Ninja go to: www.thelocoworld.com
SIRPAUL™ “The Horse” Part 1 Photographed by Michael Young
SIRPAUL™ “The Horse” Part 1
PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Young for www.michaelyoungphotograpy.com
STYLISTS: Hiraku Morilla for Patricia Field and Anthony Passarelli for Controversial Records
HAIR & MAKEUP: Paul Cucinello
DIGITAL: Paul Cucinello
Black Tank – TopMan http://www.topman.com
Bracelets: So Homo
Boy London Hat: www.leavetheboyalone.com
Black Vogue Thermal Shirt: Patricia Fields NYC | www.patriciafield.com
Passarelli Racing Customized T-Shirt: Anthony Passarelli
Navy and White Warm Up Pants: Patricia Fields NYC | www.patriciafield.com
High Top Sneakers: Adidas Seoul 1988 Vintage Shoes | www.adidas.com
Black Leather Suspenders: Patricia Fields NYC | www.patriciafield.com
Black Leather Gloves: Artists Own