Below, you can read our interview with artist Parjam Parsi, and listen to his album, Blue Butterfly. Check out our full music review of Parjam Parsi’s album, Blue Butterfly, HERE.
Before we get to your music, we wanted to touch on your visual/painting artwork. We checked out your online gallery, which by the way is an amazing collection—particularly the way you use color and form. Tell us about this part of your artistic mind…
Q: When did you begin painting?
A: I’ve been painting since before I can remember.
Q: Where has this endeavor taken your life?
A: I have participated in several groups and solo exhibitions in Canada and the UK.
Q: What typically inspires a piece?
A: My inspirations come from history, myth, poetry, and deep human emotions.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: It’s a long process. Sometimes I work for hours straight without any hesitation. Other times, I sit in front of my work staring, doing nothing.
Q: You’ve been classically trained in music; when did you begin playing the piano? Can you tell us about the first moment the instrument captured your attention?
A: Everything really began for me at age 9.
Q: Where did you receive your classical training?
A: I was home-schooled for a time, and then later attended the conservatory of music.
Q: Do the lessons and work you put in stick with you, or, do you find yourself leaning away, creating your own sound and style?
A: Yes, for sure. At the same time, I try very hard to find my own voice.
Q: You started a recording company and studio called Winter Music Entertainment. What other artists has your company worked with? Where can people find your company/studio online?
A: Winter Music Entertainment began as a way to produce our projects. But we welcome any artists who want to join our family. We can be reached through my website.
Q: You’ve mentioned that your debut album, Blue Butterfly, represents something very special for you and your business partner/friend. Can you tell us more about that?
A: Finally, we summoned enough courage to take control of everything, that means a lot for both of us.
Q: Perhaps in some unspecified amount of time, your musical/artistic career explodes in the best of ways…what does that look like for you?
A: Success has many definitions in our times. Sometimes, it’s all about how you go through the failure process. Win or lose, it really feels great to do what you love and believe in.
Q: You get to collaborate with anyone of your choosing. Who is it?
A: I have so many friends, most of them are classical virtuosos in Europe. We talk about feature projects, and there are so many things on the way!
Q: Your favorite album of all time?
A: Monk’s Dream by The Thelonious Monk Quartet.
Q: Your favorite song of all time?
A: It Never Entered My Mind by Miles Davis
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: Thanks for having us.