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Paloma Faith Interview: Following the release of Paloma Faith’s new album ‘Fall to Grace’ and ahead of her appearance at the Larmer Tree Festival this month, we catch up with Paloma Faith to get the gossip on her dream collaborations, what’s coming up next and who to look out for in the world of fashion! KEEP THE FAITH!

Paloma Faith Interview: You released your single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ last month – can you tell us what this song is about?

It’s about being in a relationship with somebody who you think might be on the rebound but you’re not sure. They’re recovering from the past relationship and what it’s like to be in that position when you’re doubting yourself and your role in their life.

Paloma Faith Interview: For your album ‘Fall To Grace’ you’ve stated that you’ve taken a more cinematic approach with the album, with it being the ‘soundtrack to your life’, was this a conscious decision on your part, to combine your music with your love of acting to make the album more personal?

It was a conscious decision but it wasn’t really that I wanted to combine it with my love of acting; it was more that I wanted to combine it with my love of film as a viewer. I watch a lot of films all the time so I wanted to somehow cultivate the atmosphere of films into this whole album and everything we put out.

Paloma Faith Interview: Do you have any favourite tracks? What track are you most looking forward to fans hearing?

I love all of them, but I think some stand out ones are probably ‘The Next Thing’, ‘30 Minute Love A!air’ and ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ they’re kind of… more dancey ones, which make me excited to have a dance! I’m really looking forward to the emotional side of things ‘Just Be’ and ‘Streets Of Glory’ I’m really excited about, ‘Just Be’ as it’s a very stripped back ballad with piano and then ‘Streets of Glory’ is the opposite, it’s got bells and whistles and everything all in one. They also have string arrangements from David Arnold who I think is incredible.

Paloma Faith Interview: You’ve previously said that “A lot of people write songs because they want to record them in a studio” whereas you write songs so that you can perform them live. do you prefer performing the chilled out songs, or the more upbeat numbers?

I think a mix of both. Like light, you need light and shade; gigs are full of light and shade as well.

Paloma Faith Interview: You collaborated with lots of artists, from rapper Ghost Face Killah for a remixed version of ‘New York’ to Cee Lo Green at the Brit awards. Who would be your dream collaboration?

Andre 3000.

Paloma Faith Interview: Going back to your acting career, you’ve appeared in several films and television dramas. You’ve recently been announced to appear in the BBC adaptation of Blandings – can you tell us a little more about your character and how this came about?

I’m just appearing as a character called Jordan who’s in episode five of the series; she’s basically a 1920s version of me! She’s a London cabaret performer and is a bit playful, and quite cheeky. I had an audition – I don’t think they even knew I was an actress! I went to the audition and they said that they liked my interpretation of the character and I said ‘I’m just being myself!’

Paloma Faith Interview: You’ve been hailed in the press as somewhat of a fashion icon – who would you say were your biggest influences or inspirations, and are there any new designers
we should look out for?

Biggest inspiration is probably Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel – I love the way she dressed – Bjork and Grace Jones. Designers I love are Dolce and Gabbana, I keep wearing them, Alexander McQueen I think is incredible, I love all the high-end stu! like Jean Paul Gaultier. New designers I think Piers Atkinson and Victoria Grant are amazing.

Paloma Faith Interview: You mentioned that Bjork is one of your fashion inspirations – you recently worked with Nellee Hooper (Bjork, No Doubt, Madonna) who produced your album; what was it like working with him? Did you learn anything from him?

I learn new things everyday! I learn new things all the time. If you go through life not learning it’s a bit weird. I learnt loads; it was amazing working with him. We were a match made in heaven, as he’s really into visual things and so am I. So I suppose he’s the “rst producer I worked with who understood my language, as I sort of speak in pictures! My old A&R from my record company le$ and this guy called Colin Barlow took over the record label. I told him what I was afer and how I didn’t really know who to approach and he suggested Nellee. He said ‘I’ve got a really strong feeling about this, and you’ve got to trust me’ and I did, and I met him, and I thought he was brilliant!

Paloma Faith Interview: You were a mentor for Danny’s team on BBC’s ‘The Voice’ to help prep the vocalists for the ‘Battle’ round of the competition. What was the main piece of advice you gave to them, and how was the experience for you? Did you learn anything by going through the process with them?

I think the main piece of advice I was giving them was about performance and how I think it’s not enough to just stand on stage and sing the song, you have to do extra, whether it be physically moving around and giving depth to the song physically or giving a more physically emotional performance. I just feel like to me it’s important that we have something to look at, so I focused on that. I learnt how much talent there is out there, and how it’s a really strange industry as, at the end of the day, not that much talent breaks through. It’s unbelievable sometimes when you just take a minute to think ‘actually, there’s loads of people who could be wearing the exact same shoes that I’m wearing’. It makes me feel grateful for what I’ve got and what I’ve achieved – obviously I’ve worked bloody hard for it but I think there’s a certain combination of hard work, perseverance… and a little sprinkling of luck.

Paloma Faith Interview: What are your plans for the rest of the year; do you have any live plans or plans to tour?

I’m doing some warm up shows this summer, I’m yet to “nd out dates – I’ll be promoting this record then I’m hoping I’ll tour towards the end of the year but I won’t if people don’t buy the album! So I’m waiting to find out if people will buy it so I can go out on tour and show off! I’m very nervous about the release, I keep ringing my manager up… I’m a bag of nerves!


Interview by Jenny Entwistle