Paul Anthony might be the most successful Ottawa musician you’ve never heard of

How do you get it done? You’re going by Wilhaeven with this latest release. So keep your eyes on you local event listings. I share them with literally a handful of people. Where did that name come from? I owe any attention I’ve received so far to my friends and label heads who promote my music. My two sons used to attend a Montessori school near our house, and I would drive them past a similarly named crossroad every morning. 9. I won’t be playing in Ottawa until early December at a show that has not been announced yet. What do you get out of making music in your basement studio? 
I’m a quiet guy, I suppose, and I’m creating these solely for myself as a soundtrack for my commute to work. The obvious thing to do was to split my productions under various different names. I have no time to audition a thousand snare drums, so I tend to get down to business and get things done. I try to complete at least one work a week. Canada High – Listening To New Wave from Wilhaeven on Vimeo. It was a complete fluke, to be honest. That’s just crazy to me. By day the 48-year-old a financial officer with a small research and development firm in Bells Corners. I credit my friend Jim Roditis from Toronto for pushing me out of the studio and playing shows. When I was a student and had more time on my hands, I would hem and haw and work over my music at a snail’s pace. and airplay around the world. In his down time he’s a sought-after producer of electronic music with record deals in the U.K. I think the fact I have limited time is the exact reason why I’m such a prolific producer. I’ve never actively tried to monetize these things, or sent out a demo to a label. But to answer your question, it just feels good to hear your music in a film, or on TV, or to see people dancing to one of your tracks. Over time, other label heads started to get in touch with me, and it just took off from there. I do feel like it’s a bit like showing off though, and even though I’ve played almost 30 shows, I still get nervous playing my music in front of strangers. I started adding visuals to my sets last summer, so I don’t see as many eyes looking at me when I play. It sucks that you have to pigeonhole your work, but it’s the most effective way to get airplay. He’s been making music since high school, but Anthony has studiously avoided self promotion, relying instead on friends and fans in the industry to generate buzz and spread the word. A quick check of all the usual sites also showed it had not been taken. Paul Anthony’s latest record, The Inner Life of Man, has been released under the name Wilhaeven. (Answers have been edited for length and clarity.)
Despite having a busy family and work life, you’ve managed to produce quite a bit of music. I signed with their publisher Funk Labs soon after, and since then have gotten requests to remix other UK acts such as Mark Archer/Altern8, Si Begg, Unique 3 and Rhythmatic. You have a day job. Making music alone late at night is a pretty antisocial activity, so it’s good to get out once in a while and interact with real people. Are you looking forward to doing more live shows and getting back to touring? In 2010 I made a remix for my pal Todd Nickolas just for fun. Todd was sending demos of his music out to his vast Rolodex of label contacts, and my remix got the attention of Edzy from Unique 3, who runs Mutate Records. And you’re not doing this for the fame and fortune. I sent him a link to about 80 more. How did you get the attention of British labels? I was looking for a name that didn’t have any preconceived connections to anything else, and added the “ae” as a bit of an homage to the duo Autechre. Edzy got in touch with me and asked if I had any other tracks to share. If you’ve ever tried to come up with an original band name, trust me, even the most obscure idea has probably been taken already. I soon discovered that a release that had a downtempo track alongside a techno track was not going to rate well if you sent it to a radio show or DJ that specialized in one genre or the other. He’s adopted different monikers for different music projects, including Wilhaeven, Canada High and, Equal Ways. 
Anthony’s latest full-length release, The Inner Life of Man, is out now. As of today, I have releases out on more than a dozen different labels. 
Why so many monikers? Paul Anthony just might be the most successful Ottawa musician you’ve never heard of. I ran the name past some friends, and they thought it decent enough. The feedback has been nothing but positive though.  Where can people in Ottawa see you? 
My next show is an event called “Out There” at the Handlebar in Kensington Market in Toronto Nov. My friends will send me links to radio shows playing things I’ve made in my basement in OrlĂ©ans on FM radio in Spain or Portugal. CBC Ottawa asked Anthony about his success, and his apparent reluctance to step out of his basement studio and into the limelight. But knowing you only have a couple of hours here and there late at night turns you into a super-efficient self-editor.