Meet Paul Ivory: “Writing has always been like a kind of therapy for me.”
Paul Ivory, 23 years old, is a promising songwriter, composer and performer. On June 14th, the young singer was able to release the video clip of his single Monster, we were able to meet him on this occasion.
How did you get into music?
I started music at a very young age, when I was eight years old I joined the gospel choir of the American church in Paris, I quickly distinguished myself because I was already the youngest, and then I had the highest voice, later I bought a second-hand acoustic piano and learned the basics, and then I started writing.
What are your main influences and inspirations?
It’s mainly English pop, artists like Adèle, Sam Smith, Yebba and Jacob Banks have inspired me a lot, but also Jessie Reyez, JP Cooper and Sampha, who are American artists. Lewis Capaldi is very close to my style in his simple, acoustic, piano-vocal, raspy idea.Russ, an artist from Atlanta who made himself from A to Z, he worked hard but never stopped, he always worked with a small group of people and made about ten mixtapes before being recognized, his mind inspires me, as well as his reflections during his conferences.Otherwise, humanly speaking, I’ve always admired my grandfather, a very wise man who never talks without thinking, in Kirikou’s grandfather style. My mother too, who is a hard worker, with her head on her shoulders. (Finally, humanly speaking, I’m mostly inspired by people I really know, that I could see every day, not only in their good days).
What themes inspire you the most?
Jessie Reyez said a sentence that I find myself in 100%: “I write what I don’t talk about”. Writing has always been like a kind of therapy for me, I mostly talk about loneliness, heartbreak, disappointment in love. I’m pretty defeatist about that.
How would you define your universe?
I want it to smell real, simple but at the same time complex in terms of the voice and the lyrics. I have to make progress in my writing, find the right balance to give myself away, but at the same time people also find themselves in my story. My aim is to tell my grief without impressing anyone with vibes, everything has to be felt in my voice, which rises as a result of the pain I feel.
The video clip for your single Monster is clean, is it a deliberate choice?
I wanted something very simple (piano-voice), I wanted it to be honest, so that when you look at the video, you don’t feel like I’m this guy trying to hide behind a shell, I wanted it to be honest.The sound is about that spark, that you can’t force yourself to have, at the end of a story, when you keep those memories of happiness, of nostalgia. That’s the last aspect I wanted to keep. It’s an internal conversation in which I tell myself the facts.I based this clip on the bridge “Watch you disappear in the night and now I start to realise I’m also losing a friend”. Everything is simple, I had my jeans on and my conversations following me every day. I didn’t want to lie to people, I wanted them to see Paul, how he feels inside when he smiles outside.Everything was done in less than 48 hours, in collaboration with Mohamed Bouhiya, I contacted the extra on Wednesday, Thursday night we wrote the script, Friday we rented everything and Saturday we shot.the first idea of a video clip was abandoned with the confinement, so this one was thought up on a whim.