Filek’s flying high in paper airplane
There are a couple of people out there somewhere who may never know how they inspired Paul Filek.
They’d likely be stunned, to be honest, because one threw pennies at him during a performance and another floated a paper airplane, with a $5 bill attached, up on stage.
Opened up, the airplane had a simple message: Please stop.
“Most of the feedback I get is positive,” said Kamloops-born, Vancouver-base singer-songwriter Filek.
“But, sometimes you get something else.
“So, I kept the money and it went toward the album.”
He’s now touring to promote his five-song EP, Paper Planes and Small Change, and will be at The Blue Grotto on Thursday, May 31.
Opening for him will be another Vancouver-based performer, David Blair.
Filek said the EP “was a long time coming.”
He had hoped to have it out last year but, for a variety of reasons, didn’t make it into the studio to finish recording until earlier this year.
Longtime Filek fans may find a different sound from the man known best, perhaps, for such songs as Toe-Tapping Love Song and My Mom Thinks I’m Cool, may find the new release a bit different.
“It’s a bit more poppy and commercial,” Filek said of the EP.
He wrote all of the songs, some with co-writers.
Since he left Kamloops a few years ago to make music his full-time career, Filek’s criss-crossed the country, built up a strong fan base in many locations — but he’s also had some down times.
“You never want to but sometimes you have to take some time,” he said.
Despite the occasional struggles, it was the right decision, he said.
“Oh heck, yeah. It’s been awesome. It’s crazy.
“You know, I just keep thinking that if you want something, you just keep reaching.
“And, it is so rewarding and amazing.”
For more information on Filek, go here.
For information on Blair, go here.