If You Love Austin Mahone, Just Wait ’til You Hear This Cutie
We would like to formally introduce you to your new favorite obsession, Paul Rey. You may not know this singer slash songwriter just yet, but if you love Austin Mahone we can pretty much guarantee that Paul will be right up there on your A-list, too. In addition to being able to pass as siblings — come on, you have to see the resemblance! — they both can also strum a mean harmony and write a hit song.
Whether you consider yourself one of the many bonafide Mahonies or not, get to know his doppelganger, Paul Rey, because it’s kinda hard not to fall for this cutie.
Congratulations on Good As Hell — We’re obsessed! Can you tell us a little bit more about what went into the making of this EP?
“It’s supposed to be, like a positive anthem. When we did “Good As Hell,” the first thing that came on my mind was the chorus. I instantly wanted to make a genuine happy song, which to me, creatively, is a little tough to do to make genuine. A slow ballad is easy to make genuine when you’re heartbroken or something like that, but when you’re genuinely happy… I just wanted to challenge myself to make something like that. What I tried to do in the verses is bring up what you overcome and reasons to why you’re feeling “Good As Hell” in this moment. It was a creative challenge to make some positive music, and for the rest of the EP I wanted to have some uplifting themes and songs. That’s pretty much where this album came from.”
Was there ever a really random or weird place where a song lyrics just came to you?
“For me, I was going from making music independently without any types of contracts before and just doing, creatively, whatever I felt like doing, and now I’m getting tracks from different managements and different labels. To me, that was the first time ever for me to be dealing with that. It was tough to turn music into some kind of business. That was what I was going through right at that moment. I was dealing with some anxiety, like, ‘What does this mean?’ and ‘Will that happen?’ I’m used to having a lot of freedom when it came to that stuff, so I didn’t know what was going to happen. That was personally what I was dealing with; as time goes by, I’ve been just as happy as ever going through all the different changes. It’s supposed to be relatable for anyone with any types of issues or ups and downs that you’re going through in life. It could be minor stuff; it doesn’t have to be depression, anxiety or a breakup, like that — it could just be having a bad Monday.”
Your first single, “Good As Hell” talks about certain obstacles that were holding you back. Was there anything in particular?
“Honestly, music does a lot to me. It has a big effect. I’ll instantly listen to music when I’m in a bad mood. It gets me going even when I’m super tired in the morning. Funny YouTube videos help, too.”
What advice do you have for teens who may be in their own rut?
“The thing is, you just got to keep going. That’s the way with everything in life. With me, chasing music was an almost obscene dream and wanting to be an artist worldwide, from Sweden that doesn’t happen a lot. Even though people said that it was crazy and unrealistic, I just had to keep going. That’s the same thing with whatever is going on. If you failed a test in school, you just have to keep going. When you really believe in something, you never know what’s going to happen.”
The video for it is pretty cool. Whose idea was that?
“The director, Mark Staubach, did a really good job with that. He did a good job of writing the script and we all really connected with his story that he wanted to tell through the video. We had all different kinds of people: ballerina dancers, street dancers, street artists, skateboarders. Everyone goes through different stories in the video and that’s how I felt — everyday people doing whatever it is that they’re going through. They have to realize that they have to do what makes them happy and not do it for anyone else. The ballerina in the beginning does the classical ballet dance for a jury of people that don’t really appreciate her dancing, so of course she gets upset. She doesn’t get the part she is going for, but when she does whatever she wants in the middle of the street, that’s when she’s happy. When you just do what makes you happy, that’s what life is about. We all vibed with that concept and idea that the director had. It was a lot of fun shooting it in Brooklyn. We all just ran around.”
Were there any major bloopers or fails when you were shooting the video?
“It was a long day. We shot form nine am to maybe midnight. You can’t really tell, though. The subway scenes are really short, but we went in those at around midnight, or something like that. It was fun because for these videos, the camera is a big camera. A lot of people were looking at us weird when we were walking around the subway with a big camera. There was also no music because I didn’t lip sing or sing anything for the video, we just walked around filming. People were like, ‘What’s going on?’ There wasn’t any bloopers, people were really on point that day. The fun part was at midnight running around with a huge camera on a subway.”
How do your US fans compare to your fans from home?
“The US fans are very proud to listen to my music, which is really cool. They send a lot of videos of themselves lip singing and pictures of them listening to my music on Spotify. They’re really proud to be listening to it and mouth every word, which is really cool. In Sweden it’s more messages from people telling me that they love it, but in the states it’s people showing me how much they like it. They’re very cool and it’s the first time for me to experience it after this release. To me, people lip singing and singing my songs is the best response. When you see people connect with the music you wrote, it’s a beautiful process.”
Do you think you’ll be touring in the US anytime soon?
“Right now it’s just radio promo, so not performances yet, but whenever that happens, I’ll give you a shout.”
What about releasing another single off your EP?
“I hope so. It would be cool to do. I hope so.”
What other big news can you share with us?
“Right now I’m still in the studio and we’re working on the release. I have a lot of material to share with you guys.”