MuzikMan: What are some of the other projects you have been involved with over the last few years before hooking up with Johnny?
Paul Nelson: The WWF's XFL, my solo CD LOOK, session work with producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, the Wall, Kiss, Aerosmith, Janes Addiction), as well as many guest appearances on CDs like Jason Becker Warmth in the Wilderness on Lion Music a recent Uriah Heep tribute out now on Century Media A Return to Fantasy clinics, lesson columns, other session work, producing and arranging in Denmark, and touring. The list goes on and on all the details can be found at my Website.
MuzikMan: Since you will be me receiving more attention by playing with such a high profile artist as Johnny Winter, is your plan to go into the studio after the tour and record your own blues album? May as well strike while the iron (or six-string) is hot right?
Paul Nelson: Funny thing- I'm currently doing just that, I will keep you posted! You must know me by now!
MuzikMan: Do you think that major labels will die off eventually due to the new self-reliant web savvy artists and their ability to sell, record, and market their music on their own? Do you think that the corporate greed that many large labels are known for is the reason there are so many bootlegs and people downloading music and that this bad karma is finally coming back to bite them in the ass?
Paul Nelson: It's a catch 22, self promotion is great and I'm all for it as you know but it takes a long time to build. But nothing beats the instant promotional push of a major label but even in that situation you need to stay on top of things. So if one is fortunate enough to get on a major they are more prepared and will benefit even more. Bootlegs are still a way to make a fast buck believe me the labels are well prepared and and able to adapt very easily in dealing with pirating with the kind of numbers they do.