interview with paul lerocq
Where are you from?
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born on March 11 th, 1978. In Quilmes. A small city south from the Capital.
How long have you been making music?
I´ve been composing since I was 24. Before that, I started writing poetry and some short stories when I was around 12.
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
Songs: 18. And albums only one, actually. The second one is on its way.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
My latest release is called “ See the light “. It"s kind of like rock Christian song which empowers people to always go further, even if they fell tired and want to give up. Same thing happened to me when I first started with my music. But the good thing about creativity is that even if you want to leave it for good, you don ´t get to decide that. And maybe you can ´t, speaking from my own personal life experience.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I guess the best way is constantly making contacts. I can ´t tell that I got there thanks to one person, but a bunch of them among record labels, radio stations, publishing and licensing companies and in the past, some promotional services I hired.
What do you think of the music industry in 2018?
I believe it´s gonna be from now on in constant change, since it´s deeply linked with technology and this one is radidly evolving towards new ways of communication. And in part, of listening to music.
Who do you think is the most influential artist?
I would have to go back in time to the 60´s and 70´s. People like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis P, Sex Pistols were the first ones who got a basic sound in their own genres which later was used by many other music groups.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
Actually, only once recording some background vocals to a close friend of mine. Another musician.
How do you think you differ from other artists?
I try to merge rock, pop and punk all together. And I haven ´t seen many artists in the past or now doing that.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
I would have to choose dedicated and serious musicians like Bon Jovi, Marc Cohn, Simple Plan and any other band committed to their craft. That ´s the way I like to work.
What was the first album you bought?
It was in the tape era. We called them “ cassettes “ in my hometown. I guess it must have been “ Air Supply “ when I was around six or seven years young.
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Saturday – by Simple Plan. It´s so funny, up tempo & makes you wanna dance every inch of your skin, including the nails.
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your drawer?
Bon Jovi – Scorpions – Motley Crue – Kiss – Warrant – Poison and Billy Joel. He still rocks and rolls sometimes.
What is your favourite saying?
Do what you love in your life and nothing will stop you. Even all the rejections you might find along the way. Because those are there to get you to the right place while keep evolving.
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Screenplay writing – in English and Spanish. / Running / A bit of gym to keep in shape / Soccer – only watching it now – not playing it so much.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Hell, no! Maybe if I end up in jail. But only a couple of them.
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
My constant project in music is always keep composing new stuff, recording and getting some exposure around the globe thanks to the radio stations. A job I´ve been doing for quite some time now.
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
Getting a Green Card in the US and moving to LA if possible. Been saving big time during many years towards that goal.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
Thanks to you! Rock on & roll away!