Mahern, also known as Mahan Kalpa, is an accomplished recording producer and Kundalini yogi. Q: What is the worst thing that ever happened to popular music?
A: The ego.
Q: What is the best thing happening right now?
Q: Who is your favorite pop culture icon?
Q: Bloomington, Ind., is a hotbed of rock and roll. Who do you see as the true gems?
A: Secretly Canadian and John Wilkes Booze.
Q: Is there a short answer to what led you to becoming a yogi?
A: I have always been on a spiritual journey. I did Hatha yoga for a few years on and off but it never did become a daily practice. Freda Love from the Mysteries of Life introduced me to Kundalini yoga and it just stuck.
Q: Where does Paul end and where does Mahan begin?
A: They are one and the same person. Mahan Kalpa is my spiritual name given to me by Yogi Bhajan, my spiritual teacher and Kundalini master.
Q: When you record, what determines the name for which the credit is allotted?
A: However I am moved at the time. I like to have fun with credits.
Q: What’s the story on Mahan Kalpa’s House of Aquarian Age Transformation?
A: Same thing, I just like to have fun. I change the name of my home studio all the time.
Q: Of all you’ve recorded, is there a particular project you are proud of?
A: I am very proud of Vicious Circle by the Zero Boys, and also The Five Pillars of Soul by John Wilkes Booze. But I really love the day-to-day process of making records. I tend to get into whatever I am working on at any given moment.
Q: Are there any particular records you regret making before you found yoga power?
A: I have no regrets. It is not a good idea to think much about the past. My goal is to live in the moment. Also, we should not even know our demerits; we should build on our positive attributes. In that way our negative ego gets smaller because it is not being fed.
Q: In all your Mellencamp adventures in recording, have you ever suggested yoga to him?
A: We talk about it from time to time. I think he is intrigued but he has not started a practice yet. I have hope for him.