From an upbringing as the daughter of Seventh Day Adventist preachers in New Guinea to dragging the uninitiated to worship at the altar of melodic rock as singer in RTP, Paula Steel has trodden an unconventional path to rock enlightenment. The band's debut album Hope Is Not Enough, released in late 2008, was hailed in the press and heavily supported on radio and TV.
On 24 October the band released their follow-up album, Halfway To The Sun, on new UK Indie label Tip Top Recordings. Their new track All The Same is currently the title track to Channel 4's music show On Track.
How long have you been making music?
Since I was a kid, maybe 6 years old. Always making music. Its the same for all of us in the band, its a way of life. Like corn flakes or oyster cards.
What inspired your latest single/EP/album?
Well its just what we do - making music and telling stories about this life on this planet. The album is named after a book my grandpa wrote about his time as a young man in Papua New Guinea working as a medic, before he met my grandma. So the album is about life and all its adventures and sadness. You're only ever halfway from anywhere, anyone and anything.
What process do you go through to create your music?
That's sooooo like, I'm a student, and like, I wanna tell you ALL about my process, man. I like your question. The process is simple, i get in a funny mood, kind of mellow and a bit mental, and then it all feels accidental. Words and a song bubble at the front of my brain and then pop out. But that's just the draft version. The real thing happens when i take the song into rehearsal and RTP work their magic. I never fail to be super excited about what comes out.
How would you describe your sound?
Eclectic, more than meets the ear.
What would your dream collaboration be?
Laura Veirs and RTP and the YYYs and TV on the Radio.
Where can we catch you performing next?
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