Ellis Paul is an old friend. And like my favorite old friends, he’s the kind of tireless artist that other artists can, and should, look up to.
The guy leads by example. Ellis has been with Nimbit since our dinosaur days of 2002, and to date offers around 20 releases on our platform. While the talented guitarist/vocalist’s diverse output is heavily colored by roots and folk, the true common thread throughout his discography is clear upon listening: The song’s the thing.
Me: Tell us about your music – when you got started and why, and how long you’ve been at it.
Ellis Paul: I was in third grade when my father came home with a trumpet. He looked like he had discovered magnesium or something. Smirking. Holding it out in his hands at me. See, in his imagination, inside his grown-man head, he heard Dizzy Gillespie. In reality, my dizzy-styled bleats in the basement made the whole family nauseous. But it got me started on the path, and I bushwhacked my way through chorus, stage band, marching band and effectively geeked my way through tween and teens and twenties, and then on and on to now, where I am writing this flying on a plane to play a run of shows in Texas. This songwriter thing was just a sidebar to my lips and my trumpet skills.
After high school, I got a loaner guitar from a real-life established professional musician (she played at the Ground Round in Bangor, Maine on Thursday nights and saw the potential of my genius) and I started alighting my heartfelt verse chops with a plucked guitar and a croaky tenor. People avoided me with my guitar like they did with me and my trumpet. But, eventually, all the frog was wrung out of my singing voice, and my guitar playing started to sprout real chords and the songs were getting COMPLETE STRANGERS dressed to go out into the world to see live music. I quit my day job. I was 26.
When did you start using Nimbit?
E: We go back, Nimbit and me. Like old friends. I was one of your early artists. Think to back in the day when the Internet had the depth of a janitor’s closet. Whatya mean someone can buy my CD on the Internet with a credit card?! Are you $&@?@f$$& -ing serious? And they send it out? Help manufacture it? Help design it?
What the hell do I do? Sit on my ass and count the Benjamins?! Now that the Internet is the Universe, Nimbit serves as my music’s tour guide. Like Nimbit’s like Spock, with bigger ears.
What features do you find the most useful?
E: For me, having a place where people can coordinate sales, downloads and shipping of my music has put the turkey in the oven and the pillows on the bed. It feeds my family. My kids dress better.
What would you recommend to people that are just getting started with Nimbit?
E: Get to know people at the company. Find a voice. We had a Tom. We had a Rachel. This was pre-Siri. Find someone who breathes and speaks who can explain some of what Nimbit is offering.
Any other success stories that you’d like to share?
E: Nimbit has helped us coordinate and partner on two very highly successful fundraising campaigns; both raised over 100k. They helped everything go smoothly for people who were donating from the Internet, and communicated well with my team in the janitor’s closet!
You can get Ellis’ new album, Chasing Beauty—produced by Kristian Bush of Sugarland—when it releases on March X!
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