Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Seven questions with ... Paul from Poco Drom
Serendipity is a wonderful thing. Yesterday I made the acquaintance of Paul from Poco Drom through an exchange of tweets with my dear friend Ellis aka '@littlewarrior' on Twitter.
I spotted that Paul was a musician and went almost automatically to his Bandcamp page. I loved what I heard.
His album - "A Wild and Wonderful Musical World ... Alternative Children's Animal Songs" - is simply wonderful.
Now I'm not his target audience ... and unfortunately both my daughters aren't either. These are delightfully unique and energetic children's songs that most under 5s will absolutely adore. I'll happily admit to falling head-over-heals for 'Elephant Poo'.
I would highly recommend these ingenious acoustic numbers that entertain and educate in equal measure.
Anyway ... after listening to Paul's music I simply had to ask him my wee blog interview ... this is what he had to say:
1) Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Paul from Poco Drom. I write children’s songs, poems and stories about animals and nature and then I sing them to the world.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just finished our first full length album ‘A wild and wonderful musical world’ and am busy promoting it through workshops and performances, oh and starting to plan what will hopefully be a summer packed full of festivals and time in our campervan!
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
I’m a child of the 90s and I love the alternative music of that era. Even though I write music for kids I have the same influence I had back then so maybe Frank Black from the Pixies. I think that’s why a lot of parents like our music too.
- Name place that has inspired you.
I love Caldey Island in Pembrokeshire. It is such a spiritual relaxing place with beautiful woods and beaches. I could get lost there for a lifetime.
- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Well I guess it has to be nature. I think there is nothing more inspiring than being in the open, in the woods or by the coast. I find so much wonder in all things wild. I’m lucky enough to live by the sea in Devon so we try to make the most of it.
4) What drives you to do what you do?
A love of music and showing people that music is for everyone including them and getting people outdoors, away from the TV and being creative.
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
Positivity, love and respect for others and the world around us and the importance of laughing…all the time…at squirrels.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
In my workshops I’m constantly building little communities. Group music is all about people coming together and sharing. I try to break down the performer/audience barrier whether people want to get involved or not…but they all want to by the end.
7) What is next for what you do?
Lots of performances and workshops trying to get people to engage with nature through creativity and I do have this crazy idea of forming some sort of electro avant-garde alternative punk band singing songs about badgers with Evan Dando from the Lemonheads but he doesn’t know about this yet.
Anyway ... check out http://pocodrom.com to keep up to date.
Seriously ... everyone with young kids or young nieces and nephews should get Paul's album ... it is an utter joy. Have a wee listen below: