We had the good fortune of connecting with Greg Paul and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Greg, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Whether we’re aware or not, we take risk multiple times a day! But more important than the risk itself is the perspective of the risk. A lot of times we consider a risk with this “backdrop” of fear and self doubt, and we tend to make the fear of the risk bigger than the risk itself. But the reality is, every time you do something as simple as getting in a car and traveling you’re taking a huge risk with your life and I can almost guarantee that the career risk most people are thinking of isn’t life threatening.
We cant avoid fear as its an inevitable part of life, but we can become familiar with it and get comfortable with exploring the unknown.
For me, moving from Buffalo, NY to L.A a city where I had no family or prior connections was a huge risk. But I had my mind made up that this was gonna work for me and here I am 10 years later still working in the music industry living in Los Angeles.
I urge everyone thats considering a taking a huge career risk to first analyze “What prompted this decision?” “Have I done the necessary research on what i’m embarking on?” “What is required of me to execute this change?” “Am I willing to put the work in to see this through?” Once you’ve determined within YOURSELF that this is the right move, Pursue it relentlessly! Even if you’re afraid and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, as you work, your vision will begin to really shape and you’ll either see the results you hoped for or you’ll see unexpected results that are different but work even better for your goals!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Q: Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
These days my primary focus is the KATALYST, a band I started back in 2014 consisting of 9 of the finest musicians, producers, arrangers, composers and over-all men I’ve been blessed to met here in L.A. Our music is created from a authentic space of collective inspiration and by definition our music would be considered jazz but we’re certainly not confined to any genre. We are all definitively influenced by the wide spectrum of music so the music we write together reflects that.
I’m probably most proud of the fact that we’ve been able to weather several storms and stick together this long. We’ve been a band since Oct. 2014 and we didn’t put out an album until Sept. 2020. Most people would shift priorities if shit not movin’ by the 1st..maybe the 2nd year. But we’ve manage to all stay together and ruff it out 7 years later. Now, we’re far from perfect but I feel like we’re in a good space to shed some light in the music industry and set an example of true unity!
Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
Lol, Absolutely Not! Consistency is what keeps us goin, but before we could exercise consistency, We had to get to a place were we all lock in and believe the vision. Once we understood and recognized that what were creating was something that was bigger than the the individuals that made it up, we were able to will ourselves out of any conflict or obstacle.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
If you’re working in a large group like KATALYST, it’s important that everyone understands or at least sees the vision.
If you’re the leader, you often times will have to put your pride aside to ensure things get done and not to prove to people you’re right!
Always be accountable for your mistakes!..You WILL make them, own up to them and make the necessary improvements.
Write it down!! Visually seeing my goals always helps me see them through..especially my daily goals!
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I want the world to experience our sound, we want our audience to feel what we feel when inspiration hits us!..Basically love, we want our audience to feel LOVE when they hear our music!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Q: In your view what are some of the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places or things to check out?
Awwman, I’m such a homebody lol, I take all my guest to my gigs/shows when they come to town lol.
Bloom is one of my favorite food spots in LA, So I would take them there a lot, We would also be at the speakeasy on a Saturday night where the KATALYST plays bi-weekly. Other than that we’ll go grab some good gas and enjoy some fresh California sunshine lol.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow!! There’s literally a village of people that I can credit my “success” too…Honestly, I would have to say my parents (Greg Sr. and Kim Webster) at an early age they instilled in me a strong belief in GOD and a strong belief in myself. These basic tools really set me up to take full advantage of the experiences I encountered in life, both good and bad!
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