We recently caught up with Paul from 1812 music. Paul is a producer, musician and more, with music in his bones! Read all about him and how his love for music started at a very young age:
First of all, I’m a little older than the average (although at 44 I’m still a lot younger than David Guetta, so I’ll take that!). I mention that so that you have context for some of my references and influences!
I have been making music and playing instruments since I was a kid. In my teens, I got into electronic music with an Amiga 500 and a Yamaha synth I saved up for. I spent years as a hobbyist musician – just picking up a guitar for fun. I’m also a roadie/sound guy for local bands whilst working full time at a ‘real job’.
Life can get in the way of things, so it wasn’t until last year that I was able to find the time to get back into making music. Like I used to ‘back in the day’. I’ve been spending a LOT of time over the last 18 months learning modern software, polishing skills…basically re-learning things I used to be good at! Part of that has been releasing some of my music under the artist name 1812. (I don’t love the name, but am stuck with it now!)
I’m not sure I have a role as such. However, I grew up in a very musical household and that never leaves you. Although I do have a naturally ’technical’ head, which has lent itself well to trying to figure out how modern music is not just made but also distributed.
I have a number of tracks on all the popular platforms. These I deliberately distributed using a bunch of different sites. Such as Distro Kid, United Masters, Level, Spinnup, Amuse and more. Again, this is all about learning what and WHO works and what doesn’t.
I love making music – I make it for myself more than anything. But at the same time, I also try to understand as much as I can about the landscape in 2019. It’s not been the cheapest thing I’ve ever done, but every day I try and learn something new. I like to see what works and what does not when it comes to self-promotion and self-publication.
It’s one of the reasons why I have not taken down some of my earlier ‘experiments’ now I can hear the flaws. I may still tidy up my back catalogue, but for now, each track represents a step in my own learning…and I’m still learning from the data I get from each service over time so will leave it for now.
I’m named after Paul McCartney. My Dad was a roadie for bands back in the days when he would hang out with Geordie (Brian Johnson – AC/DC), Status Quo and others. When I was a baby, I used to be taken to rock gigs where I’d fall asleep in my pushchair next to the PA… Music and music production is in my bones. :o)
I started making original music with some school and Uni pals where I’d play guitar and bass in a band. (Who didn’t when they were that age?!) Whilst at the same time falling in love with what music was doing at the end of the ’80s with the new wave of Acid House, Big Beats and underground raves in fields in the middle of nowhere.
I write music that I enjoy. However, one underlying ’theme’ in everything I produce is that I imagine how it would play in a ‘live’ environment. Which bit is going to make the field bounce, which bit will create an atmosphere, which bit makes people put their hands in the air… I never feel restricted by the formula for any particular genre, which is why you will hear metal guitars in my tracks alongside atmospheric vocal pads and orchestral strings over breaks. Why not?!
I actually have three new tracks going through final tweaks and mixing at the minute, so I will be starting to think about how I want to release those in the next few days.
I first registered with Music Gateway in September 2018. I wanted to initially try and be more involved in new distribution methods for my music – at the same time I was doing some research into producing some stuff that would sit a bit better with music libraries (initially thinking that what makes a good single release, does not necessarily equate to what makes good library music), so it made sense to jump on to Music Gateway.
I liked the more proactive route MG took with regards to things like the daily ‘opportunities’ emails. I also liked the way I could pitch my music instead of just uploading it to a massive library and hoping that someone would stumble across it.
I’ve even had some fun with collaborations that came about from Music Gateway. Specifically, the way Music Gateway allows people who don’t have massive budgets to actually put themselves out there and work with talent from anywhere.
As it stands, I still have a collection of what I would class as Library Music ready to be uploaded to libraries or pitched at places like Music Gateway. But this collection has taken a bit of a back seat so I can finish some other tracks.
I am incredibly self-critical, so I am very aware of my shortcomings when it comes to making music. Because of this, I feel like every release is not as good as I would have liked… but each leads on to the next one is better. That being said, if I could make enough money to pay my bills by making music or working in the industry, that would be the dream. Not going to turn down making a pile of cash one day, but it’s certainly not the end-all for me.
Paul has actually just released some new music! You can check it out here.
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