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By Carson Jennings

Born in Budapest, Hungary, PETER FOLDY escaped the repressive communist country with his family as a child, immigrating to Sydney, Australia, where he soon landed work a kid actor in TV commercials.  During his teenage years, Foldy befriended three young British lads who would later find worldwide fame as the Bee Gees, that friendship strongly influencing Foldy toward a career in music. 

When his family moved again, this time to Toronto, Foldy enrolled in the film program at York University, playing in rock bands at night to support his studies.  It didn’t take long for him to record demos of his self written songs and he landed a record deal on Kanata Records, an up-start indie label, scoring a Number 1 Canadian hit and two Juno Award nominations for his infectious pop single, "Bondi Junction."

After ten years in the music business, touring and recording on labels such as EMI, Polydor and RCA, Foldy returned to his love of of the cinema, selling his first screenplay and ultimately directing feature films with stars such as Beverly D'Angelo, Eugene Levy, Academy Award winner, Louise Fletcher, and Joe Pantoliano among many others.  Along side his work in film and music, Foldy is a respected photographer who has had several exhibitions of his work.

We met up with Peter Foldy recently to discuss his brand new CD, NINE LIVES, which hits the streets on August 5, 2014, via his Bronte Road Music label, distributed in the US by CPI and by Planetworks Entertainment internationally.

Splash:  Hearing about your life, it is no wonder you're calling your project it nine lives.  You've achieved a lot.

Peter Foldy: Thank you.

Splash:  So how did this new album come about?

PF: I guess things came full circle when I was doing this tour of Canada doing a number of breakfast television shows and radio interviews promoting my "best of Peter Foldy CD entitled, Peter Foldy, Bondi Junction and Other hits.  I was really surprised at the kind and positive reception I was receiving and amazed that anyone even remembered me let alone cared.

Splash: Considering that you've became a pretty prolific screenwriter and film director, had you been writing music all this time?

PF: Very much so.  Music is something that you can never get out of your system.   I've always tried to get a song or two in to movies I was directing, plus I have co-written some successful jingles for European television.

Splash: So who are some of your recent musical influences?

PF: There's a guy called Christopher Owens who had a band called 'Girls.'  When a friend turned me on to some of his tracks I though, wow, that's exactly the kind of stuff I do.  I think I have to make an album.  Also bands like The Plain White Ts, and Train's "Soul Sister" made me realize that everything old is new again.

Splash: So at what point did you push the button?  When did you decide to dive in on 'Nine Lives?'

PF: I would have to say when I started my Facebook page.

Splash: You're crediting Facebook?

PF: Yeah, a bunch of people I didn't know started friending me, telling me know that my old hits, especially "Bondi Junction" meant something to them, that it reminded them of their younger years.

Splash:  It left them with warm and fuzzy memories?

PF: Seemingly, yes.

Splash: So like a fine wine your songs have aged well then.

PF: I guess so.  I know a lot of people thought "Bondi Junction" was too soft when it first came out, too sappy.

Splash: Was that the intention?

PF: Not at all.  We made the best record we could at the time and it connected with audiences as well as with radio stations like CKOC Hamilton, CKLW in Windsor and CHUM in Toronto who were the early stations to add it to their playlists.  It just kind of took off from there, ending up at number 1 on RPM Magazine's 'Adult Contemporary Chart,' with me on the cover.

Splash: Wow, that must have been cool.

PF: Cool and weird.  A few months earlier I was doing homework for my university course and suddenly I was hearing myself on the radio every day, appearing on TV shows and doing some live gigs as well.  It happened very fast and frankly I wasn't ready for it.  That's one of my big regrets, that I didn't have my team in place when it all started to happen.

Splash: You also received a couple of Juno Award Nominations for "Bondi Junction," the Canadian equivilant of the Grammys.

PF: Yeah, that was a pleasant surprise.

Splash: So tell us about 'Nine Lives."  What are some of your favorite songs on the album?

PF: They're all my favorites.  No mother has an ugly child. 

Splash: I hear you...

PF: But if I had to pick a few I would say "In Too Deep," which is kind of my homage to one of my favorite bands, The Beach Boys, "Carly," which to me sounds very radio friendly, and I would choose that as the first single.  "One Of Us" a ballad about not fitting in, about bullied kids, homeless people, outsiders, and "United," my peace anthem.  I started writing that one the day some nut jobs predicted that the world was coming to an end. 

Splash: You co-produced 'Nine Lives' with David Williams.

PF: Yeah, Dave is an amazing guitar player and a great all round musician and recording engineer.  He owns Melrose Music, located in the Raleigh Film Studios in Hollywood, so we had was a great environment to work in.  The CD took us longer than we thought it would, but originally, the project started out as an EP.  Once I got the bug I just kept writing and bringing songs into the studio.

Splash: Who were some the players?

PF: We used some great ones.  We had Gary Mallaber, a drummer who has played with Bruce Springsteen, the Beach Boys and Van Morrison among many others, bass player, Tony Sales, (son of TV legend, Soupy Sales) who has toured with David Bowie’s for many years, Cary Park, who worked with acts such as Olivia Newton-John, Randy Meisner (of the Eagles) and Jim Messina, and Alex Del Zoppo, one of the founding members of “Sweetwater,” the legendary band that opened the Woodstock music festival and were the subjects of a VH1 TV movie.  And David Williams of course played guitar on a number of the tracks.

Splash:  Sounds impressive.

PF: Not to leave anyone out, we also had a couple of brilliant keyboard players, Jason Gaviatti and Dilon Pace, Laura Bilodeau played drums on two tracks.  Richard Dennis and Brian Cockerham also played bass, a kid called Andrew Swackhamer played ukelele on "Carly" Robert Gulya played and arranged the strings on "One of Us" and Eric Peter Kaiser did some addtional percussion.

Splash: So what are the plans for the CD?

PF: To get it heard and to hopefully reconnect musically with some old friends and new.

Splash: What else are you working on?

PF: Going to put out a Christmas EP this year, if I can get it ready in time, working on a Broadway play I've written based on a true story I have the rights to, as well as the never ending search to find film financing for my movie projects.  And of course writing new songs.

Splash: You just don't stop, do you?

PF: I can't.

Splash: Well we wish you lots of luck with 'Nine Lives and all of your projects, Peter.  Hope you have your team in place this time.

PF: Thank you very much. Great chatting with you.

Splash: Peter's personal website is: www.peterfoldy.com

His 'Nine Lives' Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Foldy-Nine-Lives/513276418800390

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 29, 2014

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