Imagine you’re sitting in the car thinking about all the things you have to do, stressing over all of the bad luck you’ve run into, or the troublesome relationships you’ve had. Then you hear the uplifting beat and the words that so perfectly bring you up out of your rut, and you decide that the bad things in the world don’t matter, and you should focus on the things that do. That is how you will feel after listening to “Good as Hell”.
Swedish artist Paul Rey recently released his EP and single-of-the-same-name, Good as Hell and it’s our new favorite pick-me-up. The song is the indie version of “Shake it Off” with uplifting lyrics and pops melodies; it is the anthem for anyone who is tired of negativity that surrounds them and have decided to focus on the positive things instead.
His unique style consists of a mix of pop and rock with a little bit of rap. The EP showcases Paul’s vocals while also showing off his effortless rap skills. Songs like “Good as Hell” and “Open Your Eyes” each have a positive message about chasing your dreams and focusing on the positive things in life, while songs like “Blue Sky” and “Sunrise” are about love. The entire EP encompasses the worthy things in life, and the things we should focus on. The music is mostly upbeat and happy, and it’s all incredibly catchy.
Paul landed a record deal with Epic Records and ended up with Quincy Jones (producer of many of Michael Jackson’s albums) as a mentor. He has been working hard on writing and perfecting his EP this year and it’s finally out! This past week we landed an interview with Paul Rey and here’s what he had to say:
The Lala: So I’ve read that you fell in love with music at a young age and play many instruments. What do you think it is about music that brings people together?
Paul Rey: It has no language barrier. Even if you don’t speak the language that the artist is singing, you can still hear the melodies, listen to the rhythms and get a feeling from the music. It’s a worldwide language!
Your lead single “Good as Hell” has a very positive message. What inspired the lyrics?
Paul Rey: I wanted to capture the feeling I had when I was in the studio that particular day while creating the song. I had gone through some stressful times before writing the song, but I had just overcome those bad times, and I was feeling a lot better. Creating a genuinely happy song is not the easiest to do, so I wanted to challenge myself also. But what I wanted to say with “Good as Hell” is that everyone can overcome their obstacles. No matter what you’re fighting with, we’ve all been there, and it’s all going to work out. Just keep going.
Your “Good As Hell” video came out last month. How involved were you with the concept behind the video?
Paul Rey: The director Mark Staubach did an amazing job with the script. I’m a creative person, and I want to be a part of the process as much as possible. Both when it comes to the video, the cover art, the production of each song and more.
Your music is very catchy and very relatable. What do you want listeners to take away from your EP?
Paul Rey: I wanted the EP to be about everyday situations, from unconditional love, believing in your wildest dreams, to straight up happiness. I want people to relate each song to their own life, and let the songs have an impact. A positive impact.
Which song off of your EP is your favorite and why?
Paul Rey: At the moment, my favorite song is “Blue Sky Acoustic”. It’s naked, honest and different.
Check out the rest of Paul’s debut EP Good as Hell, here.