Paul Schenk (Amsterdam, 1970)
Visual artist, songwriter, animator, draftsman and multi-instrumentalist.
Education: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (1990-1995).
My work is a combination of absurdistic storytelling and exploring border areas in music composition and atmosphere, inspired by science, psychology and philosophy.
Through the years I have been telling stories in all kinds of disciplines, first as a comic artist and graphic novelist, later on as a commercial animator and visual artist. While in music, my storytelling has always been apparent in small stories being told in song-lyrics, some sung and some spoken.
My songwriting and storytelling began at an early age: I started to write songs and write stories at the age of 8. For me, songwriting and music composition means just listening to the sounds in my head: I hear about 10 completely new and original musicpieces in my head every day, completely finished compositions from simple popsongs to complicated classical orchestra’s. The music composes itself, it’s just there. I just write down the notes of the “ready made”-composition, so besides writing lyrics, I do absolutely nothing. It’s the purest form of intuïtion and an almost buddhistic approach.
In storytelling I also try to rely on intuïtion as much as possible. The characters in my stories are often the owners of extremely bizarre personalities: Outcasts and weirdo’s living in their own universe and realities. Unordinary people, not understood by their environment, swimming against the mainstream and holding on to their dreamworld at all costs.
Yes, they look a lot like me. Dreaming of possible realities that nobody ever believes in and being the laughing stock is after all, the basis of all innovation and true art.