Paul Reid / Drapht

What do you love about Perth culture? 
The down to earth nature of it all here, within any scene I have been a part of, people are so much more approachable than anywhere else I have been to. I have been lucky enough to travel a lot with my music, and without sounding too cliche, I truly believe there is no place like Perth. I really don’t think people understand how lucky we are to live here. The constant business opportunity, the weather, near by travel destinations, our beaches, fresh water, trails and trekking in our hills. It’s endless.

What is your perfect Perth day? 
This is my favourite time of year by far. Nothing beats a Perth spring day. Sun is out, but not as intrusive as our summer. Go for a ride, head down to the Subi markets. Life is good in Spring.

What is your number one dining or night spot?
The Bird, Ezra Pound and The Manor are go to’s if I go out, all run by great folks that are doing great things for our city. Dining wise, I would say Bonsai japanese in Northbridge. A huge favourite of mine. Food and service is impeccable.

What is your go-to coffee spot?
Not much of a coffee drinker, but Manna Wholefoods in Freo’ do a mean curry, cake and coconut water!

What is your hidden gem in Perth? 
Alive Organics in Morley. I absolutely love it there. By far my favourite place in Perth. Amazing little juice/smoothie bar, awesome food options and snacks, plus fresh and dry produce too. Run by some of the kindest hearted people I know. Anyone wanting to get on top of their health, I would suggest this place be your first go to destination.

What can’t you live without?
The support from my immediate family… My sister, helping me bring my dreams to reality with Solomon’s, logistically and with the planning side of things. My mum for being the amazing role-model she is, teaching us the importance of holding an open mind, consciousness, moralistic values and treating people the way you wish to be treated.

What music are you listening to right now?
My soul music go-to’s are endless. Whether old or new. Definitely my favourite genre. My buddy Ta-ku’s new release ‘Songs to Break up to’. Lorde, ‘Pure Heroine’. This little lady is amazing. An old soul with her subject matter and writing, simple melodies and precise phrasing. Little genius.

Who or what has inspired you recently? 
Lorde again. Since I opened the cafe I haven’t had any time at all to spend on my music… But after I heard her album, the next day I wrote my first whole song in over five months in just under a few hours.

Where is your travel destination of choice?
I love Cambodia… I can’t wait to get back there. And Rome, I love the food culture over that side of the world. Seasonal, simple and as fresh as you can get. Also, they still have a culture where they enjoy their meals with and within their community of loved ones. Streets are filled with people enjoying what they provide through local resources. Its all family, food, coffee and wine.

If you could have a coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Greg Braden or Deepak Chopra. Too many come to mind to just be able to pick one.