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article imagePaul Weller talks new album 'A Kind Revolution,' music career Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 27, 2017 in Music
Iconic singer-songwriter Paul Weller chatted with Digital Journal about his new studio album, "A Kind Revolution," which will be released on Warner Bros./Parlophone Records on May 12.
Regarding the song selection for his new album, A Kind Revolution, Weller said, "I approached it the same I approached all the songs in the last 40 years. We went out to make a record, and we saw what happens. We didn't plan beyond that really."
He listed "Satellite Kid" as his personal favorite song on the upcoming album. "It was the last track that we recorded for the album. We got towards the end, and I felt that it needed something else, so we decided to jam and improvise on that. We had some vocal ideas, so we just jammed it out as a band with the bass player, lead guitar player and a drummer, and we just cut it live. I thought it worked out well," he said.
Most recently, his soundtrack album for Jawbone, garnered a favorable review from Digital Journal. "That was great. It was a different experience for me since it was the first full-soundtrack album that I've ever done. Before, I did individual songs for films, but this was the first time I did an entire musical project for a film," he said. "I think the film is amazing as well. It is an independent, London-based film."
Regarding his plans for the future, he said, "Make some more music and keep doing what I do. Beyond that, I don't really have any ambitions."
When asked what motivates him each day, Weller responded, "I try to be optimistic these days. I try and look for the good things that are happening in my life. I try to appreciate more these days. My motivation is in my children, my wife, my loved ones, and my music. My motivation is really that."
On the key to longevity in the music industry, Weller said, "You have to stay true to your art and your music and whatever it is you are doing." "I so firmly believe that if you stick to what you believe in, then eventually it comes around and people see it and people recognize quality," he added.
Weller listed Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes and UK artist Lucy Rose as his dream female collaboration choices in life. "She's got quite the voice," he said, referring to the former songstress. "I hope to do something with Lucy Rose at some point in time."
For aspiring singer-songwriters, the veteran musician offered the following advice: "Don't give up. Don't defer to too many people. Stick to your guns and stick to what you believe in."
He defined the word success as "Having some control over your life, and you dictate where your life and music are going. Also, as a person as well. I've had some downs, but generally speaking, I've never really been told what to do too much or forced into things that I don't want to do. So, that's a form of success for me."
A Kind Revolution is available for pre-order on iTunes.
To learn more about singer-songwriter Paul Weller and his new music, check out his official website.
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