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Multi-instrumentalist Paul Stafford discusses funky new "Chill'd" single
(Published: March 02, 2015)

Q: What ignited your passion towards music.

A: Music is something that has been a part of my soul for as long as I can remember. When you're passionate and or have a love for something, you're willing to put time in. I've always been amazed and curious by the different tones of instruments. If one instrument can create music with endless possibilities, just imagine the creativity of a trio or quartet. My passion lies within those possibilities.

Q: Your latest track, "Chill'd," reveals traces of not only smooth jazz but '70s funk as well. What are the qualities of those genres that appeal to you.

A: My music is a reflection of what I'm feeling in my soul. Growing up during the '70s, I was exposed to many different genres with funk being one of the main ingredients in the mix. Funk is a groove that is like no other. While being a student of jazz, I was also a fan of funk. I performed and entertained with several bands throughout the '70s, one of them being mine. We were called "The Facts of Funk." We were young and energetic and in search of that groove. We found it in funk. Although my passion is fusion I refuse to limit myself to one genre.

Q: Are you planning on recording a full-length album and, if so, what can listeners expect from it.

A: The album that includes the track "Chill'd" is on schedule for early summer of 2015. With a growing portfolio of music within the walls of my studio the process of elimination will play an important roll for this release. This album will be colorful with passion and soul, that will tell the story of my journey. The instrumentation will reflect my thoughts with rich tonality and creative character. Although smooth you can expect an urban groove that is full of life.

Q: What was it like sharing the stage with Peabo Bryson.

A: Anytime you can share the stage with a man like Peabo Bryson you should soak it up like a sponge. We recently connected on Twitter, laughing over a tbt (Throwback Thursday) pic. While I was a fan of his stage presence, my curiosity was notated to his staff, band, and mode of management operation. Although we are artists, we must also realize that this is a business. So I would say that sharing the stage with Peabo was a positive business experience that has had a lasting effect on my business decisions.

Q: How long have you been recording music, and did you release anything in the past.

A: It's funny how time flies when you're doing something you love. My first experience of a recording studio was in 1982. I was in Europe and was amazed by the use of MIDI and immediately became aware of the possibilities. I've release several albums/CDs over the years. My Fall in Love Again album was produced in Germany featuring four singers under the name "Commitment." I later released The Brown Recluse CD as well as the Sunrise CD. Time was well spent in between producing and promoting other artist.

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