Q&A Scene: Simon Paparo

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

 My new single is called “Gold At Midnight”. It’s a tale of young love and the emotions that must be controlled because of this.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Actually it is “Gold at Midnight”.  I’m really happy with how this tune turned out. It was quite painful at times to get this song to where it now stands.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

 I guess it would be Italian food…like a pizza or pasta….it’s definitely comfort food/music haha 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

There was a time when I was having a drink while recording and somehow the ice rattling in the glass made it onto the recording….it sounded perfectly placed as some kind of random sample that worked with the song….that song is not my style anymore but was cool to have the ‘ice rattle sample’ going off in that track!

What, or who, inspires you?

I’m inspired by all sorts of things in this world, ie my fiancé, nature, people…. more so people talking to people, news…..you name it and there can be inspiration found inside of it…one only needs to look for it.   

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I wish I wrote ‘No Quarter’ by Led Zeppelin…..now that is a classy track!

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on my next single and hoping to release this around July….after that I’ll look to release an EP or LP around October 2018.

What’s your scene?

My scene is more often than not, the four walls of my studio…..my other scene is Melbourne in general……this is a beautiful city full or arts and live music. I love seeing live music around the traps….It’s inspiring and nurturing all at once.

Folkster Simon Paparo has announced his glistening new single Gold At Midnight, a respectful ode to the tender first months of fresh love, out April 27.  He has also dropped a spectacularly beautiful video to accompany the track, featuring a young couple basking in the golden hour, directed by Claire Nica (Fountaineer, 360, Thundamentals).  Simon will be celebrating the release with a launch show at The Workers Club in Melbourne on May 

Gold At Midnight is certainly subtle, but that vocal hook will settle inside the mind for hours after the music ends.  The gentle acoustic feel harkens to early Bon Iver, or even Australian folk auteurs Boy & Bear and Dustin Tebbut, but there is something very unique about this thoughtful, humble track.  Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Simon says, Gold at Midnight is inspired by my fiancé. She is a truly beautiful soul. It is about us, a couple on their journey in the younger stages of courtship. It dives into my emotions early on in the relationship when I couldn’t talk about the feelings I felt for her, as it was too early and may have caused conflict.”

The clip for Gold At Midnight is the perfect accompaniment to such a soothing track.  Director Claire Nica has somehow captured on film the feeling of new love; every detail is flawless, from the sunlight filtered through the trees, to the way the characters follow each other through the Australian landscape.  Every moment within this clip is deeply considered, as Simon explains, “Claire was brilliant to work with and made the whole shoot very easy for everyone involved.  She has the ability to capture the beauty of landscape, human expression and was able to get the best from the actors.” 

Simon is set to launch Gold At Midnight at an intimate gig at Melbourne’s Workers Club on May 13.  Excited to bring the track to life for fans, Simon enthuses, “Fans can expect a full and rich sound – I’ve been working closely with Charlie Heart who is a great songwriter, pianist and vocalist and have guitarist Paul Mason, bass guitarist David Kean and drummer Jon Ritchie ready to keep the fans ears alight.  I’m really looking forward to hitting the stage with these amazing musicians.  All of these guys are accomplished vocalists too, so I can’t wait to unleash these new tunes to everyone.

Gold At Midnight is set for release on 27th April 

Single launch – Sun  13 MAY | THE WORKERS CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 |


Buy Gold At Midnight https://amzn.to/2ERDPo6


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