Little Perks in Paradise
Scott Perkins, a native of Atlanta, has been writing songs since 1972 and has performed in bands throughout the Southeast, including The Silver Lining Band, The Donuts, and The Shoo-Ins. Despite his musical achievements, he has remained relatively unknown, as he has successfully concealed his true identity as a mild-mannered Fiduciary Consultant. In 2015, Perkins formed Little Perks in Paradise with bassist Joe Little, drummer Mark Paradiso, and vocalist Michele Huber. Occasionally, they collaborate with their friends The Schwintones, who have also produced some of Little Perks in Paradise's most popular recordings. For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough..then tell us more! I'll have to use three compound words: jazz-influenced, acoustic-indie retro-pop
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, or something else?) Tell us why: Well, being the songwriter responding, that's certainly the special part of it to me. It's just incredible to create a song, to express yourself and be heard, and then for this thing to have its own actual existence. To hear someone else sing or play something that I composed is a truly unique experience.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you? It is fun because it's just intrinsically cool to be there. But it's stressful because people are dependent upon your performance, and time is always an issue. I always feel like I could do a better take... just one more time.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing? I love to travel, especially with, or to visit, my family. I also enjoy playing golf, and TRIVIA!
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why? I recently watched Paul Simon when he was being honored by the Grammies on TV, and he performed beautifully and flawlessly on a song that he wrote SIXTY years ago. That's whom I admire. He never cared what was popular or in vogue, took influences from music from all over the world and adapted it into his own songs, which produced hits in seven successive decades - and he's still around in today's music scene, can still play the hell out of all of 'em, and he enjoys doing so.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it? Many are deeply personal and emotional of course, but a great favorite is "This Is Not My Guitar", which tells the true story of my Dad buying a guitar I wanted when I was 13, and then telling me that this was his guitar... but mine to play for a little while - there were some songs he wanted to hear played, whenever he asked. We kept that deal for forty years. The story always makes me smile.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?: Never not working. Just finished one called "Doug, the Dog" that's big on the stuck-in-your-head factor. Next year I may release my three-act musical, a ghost story set in Appalachia at the end of Prohibition