Life And Soul: Chris Paradox
Life and Soul caught up with Chris Paradox, who recently featured as a on-air guest of Mi-Soul Radio. If you missed the inspiring interview, catch it again via our Mixcloud.
1. Give Us Three Words That Best Describe You.
Inspiring. Irrepressible. Incorrigible
2. What are your biggest passions and what do you like to do in your spare time?
My biggest passion is inspiring and being inspired. I love inspiring people to live richer more authentic, adventurous and meaningful lives, because I believe the best way to make the world a better place is to help people live better lives. I get my energy and motivation by living on a diet of inspirational art of all forms, but particularly music (of course) film, quality drama on TV, science fiction/fantasy books and tons of non fiction. I’m also a YouTube addict and subscribe to about 20 channels which I watch regularly. (My current favorite is The School of Life…I honestly believe watching it would give our kids children an infinitely better education that the one they get now.)
But of course none of this would mean anything without people to share it with, so spending time with my close friends having fits of giggles and putting the world to rights is the cherry-on-top of my personal passion cake.
3. What Piece Of Advice Would You Give Your Young Self Now?
I’d tell my younger self he has no right to be such an arrogant twat, because he’s really not all that. I’d tell him he should deeply appreciate and care for any woman who’s crazy enough to love him, because he’ll eventually learn that the love of a good woman is rare and precious thing, that get’s rarer and more precious the older he gets.
4. When And How Did Your Love For Soulful Music Begin?
The first record I ever bought was “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson in 1979 when I was 12. I bought it with my first ever wage as a paper boy! But I think my love for soul began a years earlier listening to my mum’s music – Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore and Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips were probably the first songs I remember really loving.
5. Which Mi-Soul Show Do You Enjoy The Most And Why?
I’d have to say Mastermind. Mastermind Roadshow were the first Shubeen style house parties I ever went to back in the early eighties and the rare groove-hip hop mixes they used to drop blew my mind and have influenced my musical tastes to this day. So listening to Mastermind on Mi-Soul is like travelling in a time machine that’s directly hooked-up to my heart. Guaranteed ecstatic nostalgia and reminiscence every time!
6. Name Three Of Your Favourite Tracks In The World!
This Place Hotel by The Jacksons
Midnight Train To Georgia Gladys Knight and The Pips
Flashback by Fat Freddy's Drop
7. What Musical Artist Inspires You And Why?
Stevie Wonder. Why?
Unparalleled multi-instrumentalist musical and songwriting genius. Youngest ever artist to top the charts. Got Martin Luther King birthday made a national holiday. Named United Nations Messenger of Peace. Replaced the funeral march dirge of the traditional Happy Birthday song, with a genuinely happy, birthday song. Born blind and seems to love life more than anyone.
What’s not to be inspired by?
8. What Was The Last Gig You Went To?
Fat Freddy’s Drop at Ally Pally
9. What Artist Would You Like To See Live?
Fela Kuti. Why? Because it would mean he was still alive! And by all accounts his shows were life changing experiences on every level.
10. What Tune Can You Not Get Enough Of Right Now?
Bad Blood by NAO – Irresistible