Editor’s Note: Venus Furs, the moniker of Montreal’s Paul Kasner, has announced the release of his upcoming self-titled LP out July 10th 2020 The LP will be released with his independent label, Silk Screaming Records. Pre-Orders have been made available here. Today, Venus Furs is premiering the single of “Paranoia” with Madness To Creation along with an in-depth conversation on mental health awareness, the writing and recording process of his upcoming self-titled release, and how a Montreal native sees the George Floyd protests in America and around the world. Glide Magazine has described Venus Furs as “a rigorously crafted set of songs that voyage heedlessly through sonic and mental terrain in a way that could only be the product of a single idiosyncratic mind”. Fans can find Venus Furs at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: What are some things that you do to help you when you feel depressed and isolated?
Venus Furs: I’m still trying to figure it out, but it helps to remind myself of things that I enjoy. Listening to music and comedy often helps, and exercise too, but it’s not always easy to do the things that I know will help. Talking to people is great too (friends or family, or a therapist). The thing that helps me the most is writing something new.
Madness To Creation: The song “Paranoia” struck a chord with me, what gets you through the difficult times and what advice do you have for our readers and listeners?
Venus Furs: I recently watched a video of a Kurt Vonnegut lecture at a University, and something he said during it really resonated with me. He was telling a story of how an uncle of his noticed that people often didn’t notice when they were happy, and how he would often stop and say “if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is”. I’ve recently tried to incorporate that into my life, both when things are nice, but also when things aren’t, as a reminder of the little things in life that bring me happiness even in difficult times. I would encourage everyone to try this as well. I’d also encourage people to remind themselves of what makes them happy (for me: writing, music, comedy) and to try to indulge in those things. Lastly, I would encourage people to not be too hard on themselves when they are suffering, or to feel weak or guilty for what they are experiencing or how they’re feeling.