Paulie Rhyme [paulierhyme]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I work primarily as a solo artists but I do work with other people as far as musicians, producers, and collaborators.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
2008 Hip Hop Song of the Year nomination - Just Plain Folks
Please list discography in which you have participated.
Less Than Zero Vol. 1 (2011)
Jose Mateo EP (2010)
Midheaven CD (2009)
Public Radio CD (2007)
P.D.A. CD (2006)
Dusk Till Dawn B / W Next Of Kin Vinyl LP (2009)
Where Do We Go/The Key CD (2009)
Wreckcreation CD (2008)
Browntown E.P. CD (2003)
Odds & Ends (2009)
Loop Regions CD (2007)
From the Outside In (2009)
International Rap Foreplay (2009)
Thatsthat Music Sampler (2011)
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
My mom bought my first 12". Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh. Music was always in me. My uncle suggested I make a demo while in college and the rest is history.
What was your musical education?
Life mostly. I sang in choir throughout school but that was it.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
It was just a natural progression of expression. I was writing poetry always and it just evolved from there. Like I said before though, it was always in me.
What is your creative process?
I would say I write to the music and wherever it moves me. I read a lot as well and sometimes that will inspire me to get creative. Experiences are important too.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Night definitely more.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
I actually wrote a whole song based on a dream called, "Merry Go Round". Its a cool song but it kinda freaks me out, cause it was a dream...lol
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
Depends. Somethings get worked out in the studio. Other things are just spot on. I have worked on some songs for minutes and others for years.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
I would say I am my best when I can reflect on current events or past experiences. When I can channel those, then you see a lot of what makes Paulie Rhyme.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
Telling people I am not feeling what they are doing when they are in to the music that I make.
How often do you practice?
Not a lot. When I had a band I practiced twice a week. When I have shows I usually practice a few times before the gig. I do listen to my music a lot to prepare.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
I want to smash it!
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Roy Ayers, The Roots, Wu Tang, Portishead, Kanye.
List three songs that are key to your life.
Sunshine, Roy Ayers
She's Everywhere, Moto
Full of Smoke, Christion
What should be done to stop piracy?
Nothing. I think it actually helps the indie artist. Music is free, people just choose to buy it or support you. And they will if you give them something to support.
What type of music do you detest?
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
I just be honest and have integrity. I would say they my experience is great because I do a lot of those jobs for myself. When I do license things or work with overseas labels or my domestic distributor, it has been awesome. I would like to do more work, so get at me!
What other things have you done to make a living?
I am a teacher right now. I have worked in colleges, I have done retail, I have done sales. Most jobs that musicians have had I guess.
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
I have played on the street, but not all day. I did a few clubs for tips, and rake in like $200 one night. That was pretty cool.
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
The Roots. Dj Premier or Pete Rock. Probably anybody that I have ever rocked with, cause most of my shows have been fun and with cool people. I am grateful for any opportunity to rock a stage.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Just be you, leave the ego at home, and plan on spending more than a few months or a few bucks making it big. Also, be nice to people who support you.
San Mateo, USA