AFTER A BIT OF A BREAK OF RELEASING MUSIC
YOU DEBUTED AS A SOLO ACT WITH THE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM ‘STILL LOVE’ IN 2020. ‘STILL LOVE’ ACTED AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO PUT ALL OF YOUR MUSICAL ABILITIES ON A PODIUM AND REALLY SHOW WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF. SHARE THE COMPARISON FROM CREATING ‘STILL LOVE’ TO ‘THE MIRACLE OF BEING’.
PAUL KUZBIK: With ‘Still Love’, I was honestly a bit lost at the time. I had left my previous band, The Pistolwhips, was a new Dad, and wasn’t really sure where to pick up. I actually made about 3 records during the ‘Still Love’ period, an acoustic album, a rock album, and then ‘Still Love’. The thing I am the most proud of though, is that I didn’t stop. I went to work every day and established a great team who I can now make records with easily and efficiently here in Saskatoon.
At the time of releasing “Pray For Me”, the first single from ‘Still Love’, my wife Lisa and I went through a really hard spell personally. Lisa lost her father Jim to Parkinson’s, and soon after, we had a still birth when we were expecting our second child.
A week after I released ‘Still Love’ I ended up having a massive panic attack due to all of this, and was hospitalized. This was during full on lockdown, so no one could visit me, and I thought it was a heart attack. Not knowing if there will be a tomorrow was a big wake up call for me. When I look back on it, that’s when ‘The Miracle of Being’, the new album, was born. I decided to take responsibility for my mental health, started putting in the work, and processing the grief. In doing so, I became tighter with my family than I ever could have imagined and started writing these new folk tunes that were the soundtrack to me coming back online with life and getting happy again.
I was reminded to be true to myself, celebrate the joy in life and take happiness as it comes. Keep it real & authentic and listen to my heart. I’m actually in the process of doing an all acoustic version of ‘Still Love’, which will be released later this year too.