LUCKY PAUL'S TOUR DIARIES

Hello, I'm Lucky Paul. I love making music that relies on chance, allowing it to be influenced by the place and the particular moment I am in. I also love to travel and explore the world. Check this page for videos and tales of my adventure...Keep up to date with everything else I do here - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lucky-Paul/169724299720738
Oct 27 '13

I’m back playing on the streets of Berlin! Did it for the first time in about 2 years today and it was just how I remember it, the perfect amount of pressure to create music on the spot…If you make music in a room by yourself it often doesn’t have enough of an edge or enough vitality to it, and if you are at a show in a room full of people who have paid money to see you play, it can be hard to let ideas flow, knowing they are there to see a show, it can be difficult to create something from nothing every night, but on the street, noone is expecting anything, you can make as many mistakes as you like, if someone doesn’t like what they are hearing they can just keep walking by…

I’m gonna be playing out in public as much as I can now, my setup allows me to multitrack record the results, quickly edit and mix the good jams onto little usb sticks to sell.  No doubt in enough time I will pick the best of the best jams and create my next record from them…

10 notes

Jul 23 '13

Ooo, it’s been a while…Funny my last post was from the wonderful land of Marfa also…It’s been a dream of mine, for a long time now, to create an instrument so that all of the Lucky Paul gigs I do are 100% improvised from scratch, and finally I’m there!  Here are some clips from a show I played in Marfa for the Stomach Club release party recently.  Stomach Club is a label created by my friend Brian, who also plays with Feist and a bunch of others, check it out…

But yes…Exciting times ahead…I finally have my dream machine working, so every time I play a Lucky Paul gig, I’ll be creating the music on the spot with no predetermined plan.  I’m an improviser at heart, I always have been.  For me, the best (and worst) moments while making music come with little or no plan, you are reacting to that very moment with no safety net, having to muster up ideas and creativity on the spot to keep the music afloat.  This pressure often pulls out fresh ideas and a special energy.  Because it all happens so fast, you don’t have time to process what is going on, so it can feel like an out of body experience in the best of times.  There are all sorts of great things that come along with spontaneous music and I’m really happy my live shows will be exclusively about that now.  The Feist touring is almost over so I will give this site and project a lot more focus and look forward to the endless challenge of trying to master my instrument, developing its potential and continuing on this strange adventure I have found myself on!  Check back often!

2 notes

Nov 11 '12
I lived in Brazil for 1 year when I was 17 (12 years ago).  I just got to spend another 3 weeks back there, the first time I had returned since.  I realized that most of what I know about rhythm, came from Brazil.  It was also a special trip in many other ways.  It was the last of the Feist Metals gigs :(  There will be more Feist gigs, but it was an end of a wonderful year with people who quickly became one big happy family, living, traveling and playing beautiful music together.  It was also where I got to finally try out my setup live.  It all worked out, and I’ll be doing plenty more gigs with this crazy live looping system I’ve created so look out.  I took this photo in the outer region of Sao Paulo.  A Sertanejo party, which is, I guess the commercial music of Brazil at the moment.  The lyrics are generally pretty empty, but coming here and seeing the rhythm these people have inside them, and how it brings them all together was really inspiring.  Plus, this truck with all the speakers on the back…It’s related to my next big project which I will be documenting here in the future so look out for that too!

I lived in Brazil for 1 year when I was 17 (12 years ago).  I just got to spend another 3 weeks back there, the first time I had returned since.  I realized that most of what I know about rhythm, came from Brazil.  It was also a special trip in many other ways.  It was the last of the Feist Metals gigs :(  There will be more Feist gigs, but it was an end of a wonderful year with people who quickly became one big happy family, living, traveling and playing beautiful music together.  It was also where I got to finally try out my setup live.  It all worked out, and I’ll be doing plenty more gigs with this crazy live looping system I’ve created so look out.  I took this photo in the outer region of Sao Paulo.  A Sertanejo party, which is, I guess the commercial music of Brazil at the moment.  The lyrics are generally pretty empty, but coming here and seeing the rhythm these people have inside them, and how it brings them all together was really inspiring.  Plus, this truck with all the speakers on the back…It’s related to my next big project which I will be documenting here in the future so look out for that too!

1 note

Nov 11 '12

I made this video a while back in Marfa, Texas.  Its an amazing place…A small, inspiring town out in the middle of the desert.  There have a been a bunch of artists living and working there since the 70’s so there is a lot of creativity in the air and good interesting people about.  It feels like you are on the edge of the world in some way.  

8 notes

Nov 11 '12

Here is a beat I made with the help of my Friend’s dog, Zipper, in Toronto.  I’ve been interested in the possibilities of making music with animals for years, this isn’t quite making music with a dog, more just recording him…but its a start, and the first of many attempts I’m sure…One day I hope to be jamming with a Dolphin somehow…Underwater speaker, waterproof midi controllers, scuba gear…

3 notes

Jun 24 '12

Played in Calgary.  At the Sled Island festival.  Was a great festival with a whole bunch of bands in little and big venues around the city.  A highlight for me was Shabazz Palaces….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djFrCb03-OI, had never heard of them before, they are awesome, they just do what they want to do and sound totally individual doing it, which isn’t an easy feat…The sound was pretty shocking in the small bar they played, but the vibe cut through as clear as daylight.  

Went up the Calgary Tower, got freaked out by the glass floor, made myself lie face down on it…Heights make me dizzy

2 notes

Jun 3 '12

We played at Red Rocks! Its an amazing outdoor theatre in Colorado.  Was built in the 40’s but had great acoustics naturally so the architecture was designed to leave as much of the natural make up of it alone.  Apparently about 10,000 people could hear 1 person talk just from the natural acoustics the rocks provide.  The sound definitely felt cozy but outdoorsy at the same time, not like your usual outdoor venue at all.  Was probably my favourite venue to play ever.  Dinosaurs used to hang out there too.  Felt ancient…

6 notes

May 29 '12
This was at Sasquatch! People!

This was at Sasquatch! People!

3 notes

May 29 '12
Seems this tour is gonna be crazy nice venues and sites!  Today we’re in Boise, Idaho, playing at some botanical gardens that used to be a state penitentiary…Mountain Man, the trio of backup singers that play with Feist are playing support, can’t wait, they sound amazing just singing acapella…Their 3 voices and personalities together create some super heavy vibes that spark goosebumps everytime…Check them out, so great they met each other and starting singing together.  I love hearing bands that were meant to be.

Seems this tour is gonna be crazy nice venues and sites!  Today we’re in Boise, Idaho, playing at some botanical gardens that used to be a state penitentiary…Mountain Man, the trio of backup singers that play with Feist are playing support, can’t wait, they sound amazing just singing acapella…Their 3 voices and personalities together create some super heavy vibes that spark goosebumps everytime…Check them out, so great they met each other and starting singing together.  I love hearing bands that were meant to be.

3 notes

May 29 '12
This was yesterday.  We just started another US tour leg.  It was a crazy surprise, I literally woke up walked off the bus and saw this sight.  Most the time when you get off the bus, you’re surrounded by a bunch of concrete buildings downtown somewhere, so this blew me away.  It was at Sasquatch festival in George, Washington.  I usually don’t know where I’m gonna be the next day, just take it as it comes, which I feel guilty for sometimes, but this time it was the best feeling not knowing…I might just continue to do so…

This was yesterday.  We just started another US tour leg.  It was a crazy surprise, I literally woke up walked off the bus and saw this sight.  Most the time when you get off the bus, you’re surrounded by a bunch of concrete buildings downtown somewhere, so this blew me away.  It was at Sasquatch festival in George, Washington.  I usually don’t know where I’m gonna be the next day, just take it as it comes, which I feel guilty for sometimes, but this time it was the best feeling not knowing…I might just continue to do so…

1 note