Paul Stanley states faulty reasoning to think music you play is reflection of what you listen to
KISS frontman Paul Stanley was recently interviewed by Forbes with respect to Soul Station, the 13-piece band that he leads and that pays homage to the great soul songs of the past.
In terms of what are Soul Station‘s plans, Stanley stated to Forbes: “The idea really is at this point to either do a DVD/album or do a live special. So it’s really something that has to be seen to digest and understand because, quite honestly, some people’s first reaction when they hear I am doing Motown or Philly soul is incredulous. Before I ever heard Led Zeppelin or the Who I was lucky enough to go see Otis Redding, I saw John Lee Hooker. So that’s as much where I come from as anything. It’s kind of faulty reasoning to think that the music you play is a reflection of what you listen to and the fact is music is always more vibrant when the influences are more diverse.”
Forbes asked Stanley to talk about the musicians in Soul Station. Stanley replied: “Everybody in Soul Station has either played with Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, the Temps, Pink, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, the list goes on and on. To have a bunch of people who get along as well as we do and socialize and have this common dedication to this music, it started out as a gift for me and it’s become a gift for a lot of other people.”
With respect to how to expand Soul Station’s reach, Stanley stated to Forbes: “I’d love to start doing performing arts centers, theaters because, the reality is, a 13-piece band is not a cheap undertaking and as much as we’re all committed to it and dedicated to it, the best way to make it work is to have the most people come to see it. So there’s a TV special in the works and we’ll see how that goes. Ultimately, I’d love to get some of my friends who are already on board to write some new tunes in those genres and in those styles and record them. I remember that whole thing about bringing sexy back. Sexy never went away, it’s just that it’s been overtaken and eclipsed by something other than great music. The great music I grew up loving and people still turn back to was the music of passion. It didn’t have a computer screen in the studio, it was about capturing emotion and that’s what Soul Station is about.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Stanley at Forbes.
Soul Station featuring Paul Stanley performing The Spinners’ “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” at their debut performance at the Roxy Theatre on September 11, 2015:
Here’s Paul Stanley’s SOUL STATION performing The Spinners – “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” at their debut performance September 11, 2015.