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Sunday, November 19, 2017


Paul's Bio Minimize

Paul Tietjen was raised in the blistering metroplex that is Dallas/Ft.Worth. Surrounded by blues, southern rock music, Paul spent his childhood avoiding hair bands and working threw his short comings as a break dancer. After a life changing viewing of Back To The Future, Paul focused his efforts on the guitar. After high school, he toured the Midwest for one year with "Captive Free". He returned to Texas to achieve his Associates in Arts Degree and then returned for the final three months of "Captive Free East Lakes". With a burning desire to tour full time, Paul moved to Minneapolis, MN and started "speiro" with two other friends of his. Two years later, Paul became a full time Youth Director in Golden Valley, MN. During that time he did occasional solo music and focused as a Middle School/Senior High contemporary worship leader. After four years and achieving a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International Minnesota, he is a graphic designer, musician and father. His favorite things to do are spend time with his wife and kids, play guitar, kickball, softball, ultimate frisbee, paintball, foosball, create, and spend time with the "awesome" community that has developed around him. Paul has also done three trips to Haiti with The Haiti Mission Project, a non-profit that he helped create with his wife. He has a determination to make the most out of life. "I really hate to see a day go to waste. I just want to make the most out of the time God's given me...I really enjoy performing and I hope that it is communicated from stage."

50 Things About Paul Minimize

1. What time did you get up this morning?
6:45 am on average.  If I could choose, noon or noon:30.

2. How do you like your steak? 
Medium/ medium well with a bottle of A1 on the side.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? 
Man of Steel.

4. What is your favorite TV show(s)? 
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
Southern California.  There's something about the weather and the waves.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Weaties.  My usual answer would be nothing.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Steak.  Also see number 2.

8. What foods do you dislike? 
Eastern Cuisine...sorry. No offense.

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Red Stag, Minneapolis, MN.  Whataburger if I'm in Texas.

10. Favorite salad dressing? 

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? 
2002 Saturn Vue and a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer. I'm really in a sharing/coownership with auto mechanics.

12. What are your favorite clothes? 
Jeans and t-shirt.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? 
New Zealand, Australia

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
1/2 empty. It’s a natural defense mechanism. I can’t help it. My blood type is B-.

15. Where would you want to retire? 
Somewhere by family

16. Favorite time of day? 

17. Where were you born? 
Des Moines, IA.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? 
Football  on TV but there's something about a day at the baseball ballpark that I love.

19. Bird watcher? 
No , but occasionally I see one while driving in traffic. See #11

20. Hobby?  
Playing guitar, writing music, fine art projects, keeping healthy and playing sports

21. Do you have any pets?
No.  I have children and that is enough.

22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? 
we have a new CD!

23. What did you want to be when you were little? 
A cartoonist and a rock star. I also wanted to be a Ghostbuster and a Word War II pilot, but I don’t think those are going to pan out.

24. What is your best childhood memory? 
Watching Return Of The Jedi in the Theater.  There's also the day I got my General Lee Big Wheel.

25. Are you a cat or dog person? 

26. Are you married? 

27. Always wear your seat belt? 

28. Been in a car accident? 

29. Any pet peeves? 
Poor listening skills and poor interpretations of the bible.

30. Favorite pizza topping? 

31. Favorite Flower? 

32. Favorite ice cream? 
Chocolate chocolate chip.

33. Favorite fast food restaurant? 

34. How many times did you fail your driver's test? 

35. From whom did you get your last email? 
My older Brother.

36. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? 
Willies All American Guitars.

37. Do anything spontaneous lately? 
Lightsaber battle with the kids.

38. Like your job? 
Yes, it’s what I went to school for.

39. Broccoli? 
Steamed correctly... yes.

40. What was your favorite vacation? 
Italy. Ah Venice.

41. Last person you went out to dinner with? 
Lunch Bunch.   Made up of 4 individuals (Chad, Wendy, Jeff, Jer)

42. What are you listening to right now? 
Noah (my son) yelling at Play–doh.

43. What is your favorite color? 

44. How many tattoos do you have? 
45. How long have you played the instrument you play in the band? 
27 years.
46. Who was a great role model growing up? 
Nolan Ryan.
47. What music do you enjoy listening to right now? 
The Beatles.
48. Do you have a random talent? 
I’m actually a very accomplished hula-hooper. I also have a natural ability to parallel park.
49. Favorite movie? 
Back To The Future.
50. Favorite childhood toy? 
It’s a tossup between legos and my General Lee Big Wheel. Love me some slinky.
Gear Minimize

62' Reissue Fender Vibroverb Brown Face

A highschool graduation gift from his parents, this amp is used for every electric song on the"Everywhere You've Never Looked" album.

Electric Guitars:
"Wyatt" 1997 Fender "Lone Star" Stratocaster
Off white with a tortous shell pick guard and a maple neck.  This has been Paul's main guitar ever since his friend Jason found it in the newspaper in 1997.

"Stevie" 1991 Custom SRV model Fender Stratocaster
Paul constructed the guitar from the first Strat he ever owned.  It was a gift for his birthday in 1992 from his parents.  It has Noisless pickups, left handed tremelo, rosewood 62' reissue rosewood neck and custom truckstop stickers.

Acoustic Guitars:
710 Taylor
Paul bought this new in 1997 and has never found it's equal.

"Darth Martin" Martin Shenandoah
Paul found this guitar left handed and had it flipped to suit his needs.  It was crushed returning from a mission trip to Haiti.  No one was willing to salvage the guitar so Paul had master guitar builder Martin Kretzman find a suitable solution for his "campfire guitar".  He claimed "It's more glue then wood now, twisted and evil."

20TM-CE Cordoba Ukulele

Effect Pedals:
Keeley moded Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
Visual Sound Jekyl and Hyde
Visual Sound Visual Volume
Maxon 808 Overdrive
Tietjen Burninator
MXR Micro Amp
Dunlop JHM
3 Univibe
Vox Wah Wah
Boss TU-12 tuner
T-REX Delay


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