‘Spread Love’ is the first piece of original material from Paul Sidoli – who many of you will already know from his execellent work as one-half of established outfit the Cosmonauts.
The single will be released on Sidoli’s own imprint Super Trooper and sees the London producer move away from his usual italo disco roots to explore some deeper flavours of house and disco.
The song is flanked by remixes from suave Italian disco merchants the Rambla Boys, who manage to find another level of deepness to explore, whilst DFA-newcomer Holmes Price adds his own piano-laden penthouse aesthetic to an already heady broth.
As part of our weekly Introducing series, we managed to grab 10 minutes with Paulie to talk about his decision to starting flying solo, what else he has planned for the rest of the year, and we also find out an interesting secret about him too.
HBF: You are, of course, one part of Cosmonauts, but now you’re flying solo for a bit – what was the main reasons behind this?
I fancied a change to be honest. We’d been working together as Cosmonauts since 2008 and we hit a point last year where we needed to have a break. We might work together again at some point but right now I’m focusing on my solo work.
HBF: Your new single is due to come out on your own label Super Trooper – do you think self releasing is the way forward for established producers?
I’d signed ‘Spread Love’ to another label but it was stuck on a long release schedule, so I decided to take it back and release it on my own label, Super Trooper. You get total control of your record, and I like that to be honest. Also, it meant I get to chose who I’d like on remix duty. I love what the Rambla Boys & Holmes Price have delivered, there’s two very contrasting contemporary remixes. It’s also really good to be able back up-and-coming producers who I feel have a lot to offer.
HBF: You’ve Dj’d all over the world, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in a club?
I’ve seen all sorts to be honest – but people that are insanely off their head always amuse me. A few years ago Luke May (Medicine8) and me (and our then girlfriends, now wives) were out on a mad one in Miami and we kind of got kidnapped for twenty-four hours by these crazed American dudes who turned out be fans, they then enticed us back to their motel room. They wanted some kind of ‘lets get leathered’ face-off and wouldn’t let us go until they had broken us. It was kinda like a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It was a bit touch and go at one point. Anyway they won, just about. We escaped with our tails between our legs and weird tastes in our mouths. Luke & Gill had to go straight to the airport to catch a flight to New York.
HBF: What do you have planned for the rest of 2013?
More of the same really, make more tracks and keep the mixes coming. Spread Love is out on Super Trooper on May 6. The follow up, ‘Want You’ is penned in for mid-June. I’ve already had Clancy’s remix back and it’s fantastic. Monday Club, a new London outfit, will also doing a remix, too, which is pretty exciting. I’m also going to be doing more of my Hot Mixes and aim to make them monthly simply because there is so much great music out there and I like to let people know where my head is musically.
HBF: If you weren’t making music, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
My Dad used to own an Italian restaurant in Chester, which is where I was brought up. I used to make the home made ice cream in the school holidays and weekends. It was a right laugh. I’ve always fancied doing something similar but without the hassle of running a restaurant, so I guess opening my own gelataria would be quite fun. We could have dj’s playing too, like those cool Paninoteca’s in Italy in the 80’s, but for ice cream instead of sandwiches.
HBF: How do you qualify success in the music industry in the digital era? Do sales matter anymore?
Sales do matter for sure, mainly because some promoters quite often only book you if you’ve had tracks in the Beatport top ten and such. Although as soon as your track is released its readily available on the net for free so it’s catch twenty-two. You’re quite often making music, not to make a living but as a calling card for promoters and bookers to gauge your popularity and current sound nowadays, it’s all a bit bogus really.
HBF: You’ve probably seen many styles and genres come and go – what are you thoughts on the current EDM trend?
It doesn’t really bother me to be honest. There’s always been a genre that is heinously shit or embarrassing in some way or another, they come and go and then there’s another one for purists to bang on about. I actually quite liked that Sia & Guetta song, kind of.
HBF: If your studio was on fire and you could go in and save one thing, what would it be and why?
I’m not going to answer that because I’m pretty superstitious and would consider answering that a jinx.
HBF: Tell us a secret about yourself that no one knows.
I’m really into dogging! No seriously, I guess not a lot of people know that I’ve got a titanium hip.