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Paul Napash

Performing Arts:
Location: Waskaganish
Website: http://www.meikinrecords.com/paulstar

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Short description of your art.

Paul Napash, his stage name PaulStar, a Cree member of Chisasibi, Quebec is a multi-instrument composer, singer-songwriter, nominated for "Producer of the Year" at The International Indigenous Hip Hop Music Award Show 2021 and again this year 2022. Napash has been in the music scene since he was 12 years old, his very first public performance was during the Aboriginal Peoples Day in 1998. "They had an outdoor live entertainment, it was really fun and the food was delicious" Napash recalls. Napash has worked with many Cree musicians, also he had his own bands as frontman and guitarist/keyboardist. After the bands went their separate ways, Napash never gave up on music and he was still active even after he left for college in 2006. He bought himself a portable studio where he could write and record his own songs, he self-published his own album in 2008, but they didn't stay online very long. His next album "Lost" by Paul Napash was co-produced by Greg Werthman and mastered by David Cain. His new EP "Find Myself" by PaulStar is released on October 2, 2020. You can go check both albums out and enjoy! He is currently working on his new album "Bringing It All Together" which is coming out sometime this year.

Where did you learn your art?

First of all, I learned from my father Gilles Napash, he's always had instruments at home growing up, such as guitar, violin, and sometimes bass. As I got to know the guitar a bit, I was 11 years old when I visited my other Waskaganish, my late grandfather Luke Diamond had an instructional guitar videotape which showed me the basics of everything like how to change strings, tune, exercise, easy chords, etc. After going home, I was just looking through the books on the shelve one time, I found this particular guitar book that taught me everything about history, how guitars are made. Even though my English wasn't that good at that time. They didn't have a music school, I would hear about it when I was still in Elementary but only in high school, they stopped teaching music. However, I went to a talent show in Chisasibi, there were a few bands that played there. I didn't know who they were at that time, I only knew my cousin Rene Louttit and his band. I remember having a great time listening to music that evening. Then Robert Bobbish played, I was very impressed and I wanted to learn to play guitar like the way he did, and I reached out to him for guitar lessons which lasted about a year and a half. I learned so much from him. Fast forward to today, I'm proud to say I graduated from Music Industry Arts in 2017. I learned everything from Recording engineering to Music business. This program really changed my life, and I was taken more seriously after that. My initial idea was to start a production company, and now I'm operating my own indie record label called PaulStar Entertainment here in Gatineau/Ottawa.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Inspirations always come naturally, when I hear a hit song whenever I listen to Spotify or YouTube. I listen to all kinds of music with different vibes, I have no limits.

Have you received any formal training?

I received my training from Music Industry Arts at Algonquin College in 2016-2017. It was the toughest and most rewarding program I've ever taken in college. I'm happy to say it was the right thing to do.

What other art forms do you practice?

I try to create my own album covers, I just know the basics. I often use tutorials on YouTube to reference something.

Have you ever received any awards or special recognition?

Nominated for 'Producer of the Year' at The International Indigenous Hip Hop Award Show 2021 and 2022.

Do you sell your work? If so, how?

I sell my work through a music distributor like Outside/Believe Digital, they distribute my music to streaming/downloading sites iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Napster, Pandora, and amongst others.

Has your art work ever been mentioned in any media?

https://tinnitist.com/2020/09/08/paulstar-voices-his-grief-in-moving-new-single-one-last-time/ https://www.rootsmusic.ca/2020/09/10/international-indigenous-hip-hop-award-nominatedproducer-paulstar-makes-his-debut-as-a-performer/ https://canadianbeats.ca/2020/09/11/five-questions-with-paulstar/ https://cashboxcanada.ca/reviews-album/indigenous-alt-pop-contemporary-rocker-awardnominated-producer-paulstar-pauses-one http://recordworldmagazine.com/blog/indigenous-alt-pop-contemporary-rocker-award-nominatedproducer-paulstar-pauses-one-last-time/ https://www.cfnrfm.ca/2020/09/18/ottawa-based-cree-musician-dj-record-producer-paulstar/ https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2040466

Please provide any information on your buyers.

Go to my website at www.meikinrecords.com/paulstar for more info.

Please provide any other information you would like to mention.

Check out my artists' music on our website www.meikinrecords.com