“The human soul of a man with a 5 octave range” is described by many who have heard Paul sing and often compared to Ron Isley of the Isley Brother fame. His Beautiful soul renditions are tear tearjerkers.
Originally from the UK. P Bailey had his first taste of musical inspiration while taking part in music class in grade school. Principal Miss Johnston was so impressed by his musical sense encouraged him to continue. Early Influences were Motown and Muscle Shoals. Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson were a big Influence on him as a Singer/Songwriter/Performer.
With no formal training Bailey developed his singing and writing style by listening to his favorite artists of the day like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van Dross, Michael Jackson, Prince and James Brown. P took part in many community talent shows and was a crowd pleaser singing and dancing to his favorite songs.
During a chance meeting at a popular night club in Montreal called Checkers, Paul met members of the Stone City Band and forwarded a demo. Super Star 'Rick James' later used a sample of his song 'Part Time Lover' on the sound track of the movie Colors. It was an exciting time and his first real break.
His next chance came while doing session work, P met DJ Robby Demlakian who Co-Produced his single, a 12-inch House Mix called “Get on Board” which charted #3 on the house Dance charts in the UK and won him the Professional Publishers & Songwriters award from Factor a grant foundation.
Recently Paul attended Midem's Global Sync & Rountable Summit where he was already connected with the world's top Music Supervisors for his catalog and recently signed a Licensing and distribution deal with Sound Republica for Korean territories. Currently PCB Publishing as secured licensing in the Indie movie "Call Me Brother". His song "Dance the Night away" will be featured in the movie An Incestuous Comedy.
With his new catalog of songs P Bailey is a man on a mission. Remember his name because you won't forget his soul.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
The Genre that best describes my music. That is difficult because it is eclectic of various genres that I grew up listening to.
From Pop to Pop/Rock R&B to Funk, Disco,Reggae,EDM but for the sake of making it easier for the readers/listeners Urban/R&B is a genre in a box that fits where I am going right now! My Sound description would be Funky yet smooth and soulful vibes.
I often work with remixers so the EDM/Dance Vibe is also all over my remixes. The Reggae influence tracks are closest to me in turns of my roots the ones that keep me grounded.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My Name comes from shortening my full name Paul Bailey given to me by Collaborators that I worked with.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My Musical Inspirations is everyday Life experiences that is what Inspires me.It maybe a movie I watched or News of the day coverage,
Personal life gets in the way stuff,conversations that I have or over hear stories that I can relate to have great influences on me.The Musical Greats in the Industry that I have studied and left a blueprint to follow are some of my Influences. Michael Jackson,Stevie Wonder,James Brown,George Clinton,The Beatles,60's 70's and 80's Pop,Rock and Soul.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Continuously recording new material to build up my catalog my long time collaborator Dante AKA Ken Jackson is not only collabing with me but helping me out on material that needs his input/Playing ability. Working all hats is sometimes difficult so help is sometimes necessary!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Ultimate Goal is to take over the world world dominance..lol Seriously though build my catalog of quality over quantity. Secure the bags as they say in major Licensing placements, writing for Major artists, a top ten hit on Billboard. Stay INDEPENDENT Own/Control My Publishing/Masters one stop shop. My Plan is to work on the New deal I have with Sound Republica to release material be it an Album,EP Lyric videos or Singles in Korea.Strategize a Marketing and Promotion campaign that fits my budget and is realistic.I want to do some Live Performances maybe start with online live Performance videos just to see if there is a demand for more like TV gigs etc. To do full blown shows you have to have hits otherwise your a full time cover act don't get me wrong I love covering my favorite tunes you need to start somewhere. But at some point you need to make that move if your catalog is big enough and your confident you have hits you've gotta launch out!. Continue to go to Music conferences like Midem for those INTERNATIONAL deals, work with those are willing to help me like the Music Specialist.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Since I haven't been doing a whole lot of that right now but i would say 'Desire' is a fan favorite so I would love to do that song Live. The video seems to have a new life and legs so that would be one song I would love to do live!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The Biggest challenges I would say is lack of support. It is difficult to find both financial resources and just a rooting section! Not everybody Believes or are convinced so finding backing is a task. At this point if you don't believe or not convinced you're either not listening/have not been listening or there are just deeper issues that I have no control over.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My Typical writing process is I grab a hook out of the air usually from a Title/Theme I have in my head. Then I will beatbox the entire production I hear in my head into my phone recorder. Then start to lay down the tracks one by one everything that is on the the phone looking for the sounds that fit the beatboxing. I usually hear the entire finished project in my head so laying that down may be bigger than I thought so I might need some help. This is typically how my mind works.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I am from the old school so social media is a revelation.Becoming social media savvy is a work in progress. like Youtube, Soundcloud, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. We didn't have this in the old days so if your savvy you can make it work for you. I welcome the challenge and is utilizing them to the best of my abilities!
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Some of the artists on my current playlist on Olds school Funk artists like James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins the Funk Playlist even Bruno Mars makes that Playlist. I also Like current Dance artists Like Dua Lipa love what she is doing.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Mainly Side Hustles the acting world still do some of that. Pharmaceutical studies, The so called real jobs 40 hrs a week the 40/ 40/ 40 scam
work 40 hrs for 40 yrs only to get 40% in retirement that don't work for me.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
My Advice would be believe in yourself, educate yourself and most of all invest in yourself the best investment you will ever make!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Big Question! If I was a music executive I would change the artist deals to make them fair to more of a partnership deal.
Once the artist has made back the initial investment then they should share in the profits evenly 50/50. That would mean if the artist does not make back the initial investment the contract should state a forgivable debt depending on the leverage of the artist otherwise the artist is an employe that doesn't own his or her own works spending far too long paying back the debt and not earning a profit. The artist should not be touring to see no money reconstruct the 360 deal so the label does not catch all for the life of the contract and beyond. The contracts should state the artist gets back the masters once investment is achieved and both parties can enjoy the profits for a specific time. Artists must come with leverage to get the best deals possible.With Publishing artists should not give up their publishing in perpetuity but for a specific time 7-10 yrs if they can keep full ownership of the Copyright would be best but that is a case by case basis.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I believe 100% in Originality only! That is the basis of what drives my originality no carbon copy the real deal!
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?