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Barenaked Ladies' ex-singer tells us about his new solo album

Steven Page

Steven Page

The last few years have not been easy for Steven Page.

In 2008, he was arrested near Syracuse for drug possession.

The following year, he left Barenaked Ladies, the successful pop-rock band he co-founded.

Today, Page said he has turned his life around and has now started to launch a career as a solo artist with a new album titled “Page One.”

amNewYork spoke with him about all the changes.

Why did you leave Barenaked Ladies? It was time to wrap it up. You start off as young people who are 18 and it’s all for one and one for all. As you get older, your goals change, and we weren’t on the same page anymore.

When you listen to “Page One,” what are you happiest about? I allowed myself to make a record that exposed to BNL fans what my contributions to the group were. At the same time, I could also bring in new things like orchestral pop, electronic stuff or introspective singer-songwriter material.

How does the album reflect the changes in your life since your arrest? I could have made a record full of remorse or sadness, but I realized I wanted to go on the road and enjoy the songs. In creating music that was both introspective and also uplifting, I ended up teaching myself to look at all the positive things I’ve gained, as well as the loss.

Is it hard to restart your career after reaching a certain level of success with BNL? Whenever you start a new chapter, you have to be able to fool yourself a little bit that it will be just as good or successful. So, when you start sleeping on floors again, it can be a shock to the system, but it also tests how much you believe in yourself. When you reach the point where you start to force yourself to believe in what you’re doing, it can be a lot of fun.


If you go:
Steven Page is performing Monday at Mercury Lounge at 6:30 p.m., 217 E. Houston St., 212-260-4700, $20. 

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