Big shout out to Street Wave Media who interviewed DJ Paula Frost exclusively ahead of her debut EP ‘ORBIT’. Read the interview below or head over to their site for the full interview.
1. What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?
As a musician you have to wise up to the business side of things. I play drums, rhythm guitar and compose music as well as DJ so it was important for me to study business and the music industry. Its kind of the wild west where people lend you money and demand it back in sales so I started my own record label Seizure Records to keep more money in my pocket and give myself more freedom.
2. What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
I come from a punk background so I have a different style of mixing and a massive amount of musical knowledge from everything that came before dance music. As a drummer I have a unique sense of rhythm. Also only 12% of DJs are women!
3. If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?
Tippa Irie, Congo Natty, General Levy and Jungle Cakes, Deekline and Ed Solo! I just want to collaborate with all the junglists and play mad sets at Boomtown!
4. What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?
Well that’s obvious! Advantage is I get to keep all the money! The downside is you don’t have a big label backing you up and promoting you so there’s more work to do.
5. Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?
I’ve thought about this a lot and studied some of the bigger artists and I think that the best balance is to sign to a major for one or two albums and use all their exposure and then establish your own label and self release after that. It depends how many good albums you have in you.
6. Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?
Jungle War because its the latest track I’ve written and its getting closer to the sound I want for my career. The first few songs I wrote were me finding my feet in the dance world and this track is on another level. It has an interesting concept behind it because its an anti-war track about the use of LSD on soldiers in Vietnam.
7. Do you miss the era of CD sales OR do you prefer the new wave of music streaming? Explain…
No they take up too much space! I have a house filled with hundreds of CDs! As a music lover I watch a lot of documentaries and read books about all different kinds of music and genres so streaming is mind-blowing for me because I can get stuck into practically anything from history. I love going back to the sixties, seventies and eighties and finding the original samples like the Amen Break which drum n bass is based on.
8. Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
Playing live because you get such a massive rush of adrenaline. You’ve connected with people, danced all night and earned a decent wage. What could be better? I enjoy writing music but its a different buzz of achievement. You spend hours playing around with the music and you’re totally in the zone and its not until its finished and you can play it to a few people that you get that excitement about it.
9. During your entire journey through the music business, what would you consider your Worst experience?
I got stitched up for money in Cambodia. That was a struggle but I got through it.
10. What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
Playing a sold out show at Camden Roundhouse was a bucket list achievement! There’s shots of that performance in the video for my debut single Oxygen Tank. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fFKJLkUAtE
11. If any, what discourages you the Most about music industry these days?
Sometimes its a lot of hard work and an uphill struggle but I believe it’ll get to a point when its easier after I’ve established myself with a few banging tunes.
12. If you weren’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?
Humanitarian work. I would like to go help animals or orphans. I will do that at some point in life. I definitely want to adopt.
13. In your own opinion, What is the current music scene like in your local area?
London is one of the biggest and best music scenes in the world. Everyone passes through and not a week goes by without an iconic performance. I love it but sometimes its overwhelming because I hate to miss stuff but you can’t be everywhere at once. We are blessed here. I’ve been to so many countries with little or no music scene and I think it makes people too serious.
15. What is your latest release and where fans can find it?
djpaulafrost.com I have a new EP ‘ORBIT’ out 31st May available on all platforms so download on iTunes and listen on Spotify!
16. What is on your agenda or what can fans expect to see from you in 2020
A lot of my gigs have been cancelled but I am just using the time to finish writing my book DIY DJ and write new music. Go to wayoutradio.com/product/book and djpaulafrost.com to check it all out! Thanks for your time, sending love and peace to all.
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