Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul Water.
Paul, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started in Oakland. I grew up in a mixed community, playing AAU basketball and generally making trouble where I could. My mom raised me to never play by the rules; so, I didn’t. I’ve always had a thing for music, since I was young and I’ll never forget the day my mom showed me a Rolling Stone article about Scott Storch. It was 2006 and I was about to enter high school. She knew I had a way with music and wanted me to find a more direct path to channel that passion, so she suggested I become a producer like him. At first, I worked with up and coming Bay Area artists, which eventually gained me a little local buzz and sent me to Los Angeles. Today, I’m still working with artists, as well as, composing music for reality TV shows. I’d like to think it’s a good blend of work and play. I consider myself blessed as most people rarely get to pursue their dreams.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. However, I would say that the best things are worth fighting for. In terms of struggles, it’s always a hustle to try and get a placement for my music, whether it’s on TV or with an Artist. As a musician, you have to work tirelessly, often times sacrificing sleep and quality of life. When you work with artists, you are at their behest and if you really want to invest and mold an Artist, you must throw yourself entirely into the work. I often find it takes me days to make something that really resonates with me and sometimes the music I think is least perfect, is what an Artist gravitates toward. Undoubtedly, there’s always a physical demand with the job, in terms of hours but also an emotional one because often you have to set aside your own ego for the sake of the creative process.
We’d love to hear more about the company.
Infinite Paradise is my music company and I specialize in hip hop and R n’ B. However, I’m most known for some cue placements I’ve had on Keeping up with the Kardashians. I’m proud of bringing modern and quality type music to reality/scripted TV shows. I think what sets me apart from others is my dogged pursuit of excellence, not just in music but in every aspect of my life.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was the rambunctious type who didn’t believe in fitting in. More than anything, I was ambitious and entrepreneurial. My mom is an immigrant and I’m a first gen kid, so I know what real hustle looks like and what dedication takes because my mom came to America with nothing and toiled to even provide food for us. So, I’ve always been encouraged to persevere. Growing up, I was intensely invested in tennis, in part because my mom wanted to train me to go pro… but right around that time I found music and the rest — as they say — is history.
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- Instagram: @itswaters
Photographer – Rachel Wakefield. IG@rachelwakefield