7" Survey: Lee Paradise

Every edition of this season’s Long Winter, we’re releasing a free split seven-inch, each side featuring a song from one of the night’s featured artists. To compliment the releases, we’ve issued a seven-part questionnaire to each of the artists involved, giving the subjects an inch (about 85 words) of space to answer each of our questions.

The first instalment of this year’s Split 7” Series features a track each from Lee Paradise and VCR. In this edition of the 7” Survey: Lee Paradise on the three Fs: farting, friends, and fake keys.

Long Winter: Who are you and how did this project come together?

Daniel Lee: It came together with a really bad stomach.  A lot of farting – physically and emotionally.  Also happened with a drum set, some fake keys, and a bass!

LW: How about “Farisian” – what inspired that?

DL: Not really sure...I was just trying to get it down as fast as possible. 

LW: For lots of listeners, this will be their first point of access to your music. Where does this song fit into the rest of your catalog?

DL: It's a good one.

LW: Once they’re turned on to this, what releases (songs, EPs, albums, or otherwise) should people pursue as logical next steps to getting to know your music?

DL: I'm doing some more electronic stuff now, DJing fast music, and also check out Phedre, Hooded Fang, Hut, and Tonkapuma – other projects I am affiliated with.  Also, Daps Records and everyone who's put out music on that, all friends.  Also, other local Toronto labels because those are the bands that influence a lot. 

LW: When you think of winter, what’s a memory that stands out for you?

DL: Trying to escape it this year.  Whenever the weather turns it always brings back a flood of feelings and memories.  The temperature, the smell in the air, the different feel of the wind.  Winter also reminds me of either sludging in the snow or hibernating.  Both of which I am trying to avoid this year. 

LW: How do you survive winters in Toronto?

DL: Question above.  Though the winter also can lead to intense creativity.  The absurdity of it can inspire one to search hard for relief. 

LW: What are you most looking forward to for the November 14 edition of Long Winter?

DL: Checking out the bands, seeing some friends and playing the show.  Really into Antoine93 and VCR.

Hear some of Lee's music at https://soundcloud.com/leeparadise

Interview by Tom Beedham