PASSPORT: Paul Healy (The Toi)


What was the biggest fun during the making of Water into Wine?

It was hard work but we had one day off and it was messy. We found a pub with a jukebox, pool table and the resident recreational drug user. The Griffin … if those walls could talk! All in it was just a great experience and it was funny to have a multi platinum awarded rock star (Dan Hawkins of the Darkness) cutting about in our drummers work van (he works in construction).

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

Down By The River … Get On It … they have all our trademarks – HUGE choruses, HUGE harmonies, HUGE guitars … and they tell stories. We’re all about songwriting and reaching out to people through our lyrics.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

It brought us a lot of con artists promising us the world but we rode that time out and went our own way. We gained some amazing friends – our producer Nick is like a fifth Beatle to us now. A great pal. Andy also got the chance to tour with GUN. It’s now a waiting game to see if anything filters through for us, fingers crossed.

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?


I dunno if it will change. Oh and my sister Martha L Healy is a great folk/country/Americana artist. She just needs a rub of the green. She has enormous talent!

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixed tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

Well I’m already married so the mix-tape worked haha!

What did I put on for her….it’s so long ago…..

Richie Sambora – All that really matters

Michael Jackson – Get on the floor

The Eagles – Love will keep us alive

Cher – You Wouldn’t Know Love

Whitesnake – Give Me All Your Love Tonight

What’s up for the next couple of months?

Writing, rehearsing, demoing with a view to recording a new EP. We’re onto the next level of songwriting … we learnt a lot last time round and are ready to up the stakes!

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