Editor’s Note: Los Angeles’ own Paper Idol recently released his single for “James Bond” and he has a new EP coming out May 22nd. Paper Idol also just got signed with hipster German record label CloudKid and he spoke briefly about the “James Bond” single:
“James Bond is the third chapter of the story in my upcoming EP, Mania Days. It’s a dark comedy about a musician who’s mistaken for a spy and captured by a bloodthirsty double agent. The James Bond films have so many ridiculous tropes, so it was fun to pull apart the story and turn it on its head” – Paper Idol
“Mania Days” is due out May 22nd and Paper Idol sat down for a quick mental health conversation with Madness To Creation about the single, how he’s been coping with the Covid-19 pandemic and what fans can expect from his upcoming EP. Fans can find Paper Idol on Facebook, his official website, SoundCloud and Instagram.
Madness To Creation: Take us into the James Bond single, how does it relate to the James Bond character?
Paper Idol: The song is about a singer who’s mistaken for James Bond. He’s sitting at a bar after a show, drinking a martini and minding his own business when he’s accosted, lured, and detained by a double agent. He keeps trying to explain that he’s just a musician, that she’s got the wrong guy, but she’s not interested in his pleas. The James Bond series has so much slickness and machismo, I wanted to turn it on its head.
Madness To Creation: Tell us who played the best James Bond and your favorite character(s) from that series?
Paper Idol: I grew up during the Pierce Brosnan, so he’s always going to be the Bond prototype in my psyche. But the best Bond would have to be either Daniel Craig or Sean Connery.
Madness To Creation: May 22nd you’re releasing “Mania Days” take us into the writing process of that EP.
Paper Idol: Mania Days is a distillation of every success, failure, breakup, breakdown, and recovery that I’ve had in the last seven years. Some songs were written at a Starbucks on the Upper East Side of New York City, others were written 5 years later in my studio in East LA. Even though the songs span time and geography, one theme has been steady: my need for escape. Mania Days is a story about escaping reality. The hero in the story can’t handle his life and relationships, so he recedes into the world of his delusions
Madness To Creation: What has been the biggest challenge for you mental health wise from the pandemic?
Paper Idol: A someone who’s dealt with depression and anxiety, I was not looking forward to such a long lockdown. Looking back, however, the pandemic has been mentally rewarding – I’ve gotten more in touch with myself, and become physically and more spiritually healthy. The hardest thing has been not seeing my family. I have family in Wisconsin, Israel, and Australia so it’s obviously been difficult to see each other! Lots of video calls. I’d consider myself an ambivert, so I don’t mind time spent alone, but it was hard not having the same social life.
Madness To Creation: Biggest life lesson you’ve learned from Covid.
Paper Idol: You can’t wear and mask and glasses without the glasses fogging up.
Madness To Creation: What’s the first thing that you want to do when Covid is over?
Paper Idol: Go to a music festival!
And there you have it! Check out the music video for “James Bond” below: