Posted by: Cory | May 14, 2008

Paradigm Takes 5 for Louisville

Paradigm took a moment from making music to sit down and answer 5 questions on who they are, what they’re about, and what they’re doing to make it in the music industry.  You might recall that in March Paradigm went on tour of the North-East, but unfortunate weather and s broken down van inhibited those plans to some extent. However, they didn’t let that stop them.  They went on to and performed several of the shows (despite having to cancel some), and arranging others off the cuff.  Speaking about the tour, they said:

our last few shows of the tour did in fact go off without a hitch. Actually the shows that we were able to perform ended up being great in terms of turnout, audience reaction, and “fun-ness.” We’re looking forward to returning to the northeast a few months from now.

While I’m sure the guys learned a lot on this relatively short tour, I think any musicians reading this ought to use their misfortunes along the way to know how to plan and prepare for your own tours.

In the meantime though, Paradigm is sticking to Louisville, and you can catch them this Saturday at the Shelbyville Road BBC with Bloom Street.

1.What neighborhood did you grow up in?

Our sax player Myron is the only band member who was born and raised in Louisville. Dave, our bass player, was mostly raised in Kentucky (I don’t remember where, but I don’t think it was Louisville), but was born in New Jersey. Jonathan was born and raised in Tennessee, Evan grew up around Albany, NY, and I grew up in the Portland, ME area.

2.  When did you start playing together?  Did you have a different band name?

Originally, we all knew each other from the music department at U of L, and got together to play in the basement of the music building starting in 2003. We didn’t have a name then, and actually only Jonathan and myself have “survived” from the very beginning. We sort of played whatever we wanted, and didn’t set out with an idea of what exactly we would play. Some of the stuff I remember playing back then ran the gamut from jazz standards and funk tunes to Incubus and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Different musicians sort of came and went for a while. At one point, I think we had 9 or 10 people. In the beginning it was sort of a collective thing, basically a bunch of people getting together to jam. We got together regularly and had every intention of playing gigs, but it just happened that we didn’t get around to actually doing it until a year later. When we played our first gig as Paradigm in 2004, we were a seven-piece group (with two female singers) playing neo-soul stuff, like covers of Erykah Badu and Jill Scott tunes. A little while later, both singers and our drummer bailed around the same time, and Evan came in. We stayed in that formation for about a year, which was when we started to play a lot of gigs around town. Then our sax player left town, and in came Myron, who we had known from Peak Summit projects. Dave joined up with us back in December after our previous bass player, Will Roberts, left the group to pursue other interests.

3.  First show you played in Kentucky (plus any details you remember about it)?

As I said above, the first show we played as “Paradigm” was in 2004, and it went down on the U of L campus at the Red Barn. It was some sort of function for a fraternity, and we got the gig because our sax player at the time knew the guy who was in charge of entertainment for the event. I don’t remember a whole lot about the gig, but I know we played “Bag Lady” by Erykah Badu, “Crazy” by Jill Scott, and “Emotional Rollercoaster” by Vivian Green. Like I said, we had a neo-soul vibe going on. I think we also played “Freak Nasty,” which was the first original tune that we put together, and it’s a tune we still play to this day. It’s the only tune from that particular “era” of the band that we still perform.

4.  First show outside of Kentucky…how did you book it?

The first show we played outside Kentucky was at a place called Cicero’s in St. Louis, which I think was April or May 2006. Interestingly, our original sax player had just left the group, and Myron, who took his place, was the one who booked the gig. The Cicero’s show ended up being the first show we played with Myron. We played with a popular St. Louis band called Madahoochi, and Myron is good friends with those guys, so that’s how we got the gig.

5.  Favorite Kentucky band (other than yours)?

I think pretty much everyone in the band, including myself, would say Liberation Prophecy is their favorite Kentucky band. We also played a couple shows in the early days with local indie rock group The Hawk, and I know that myself and at least a couple other guys in the group thought they were a great band. It’s a shame they’re not around anymore.

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