Paloma Faith is undoubtedly a star. Other than Adele, she is the only female British singer to have three albums go platinum. A diverse singer who can jump from soul to jazz to R&B, she has become a style icon, due to her retro and eccentric demeanor. An accomplished actress too with roles in St. Trinian's and Dread, she has also been a judge on the Voice UK. Loud Magazine were grateful for the chance to interview her.
You're releasing your single 'Picking Up The Pieces' at the end of this month – can you tell us a bit about what this song is about?
It's about being in a relationship with somebody who you think might be on the rebound but is going out with you 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.
For your upcoming 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.
You collaborated with lots of artists, from rapper Ghost Face Killah for a remixed version of 'New York' to Cee Loo Green at the Brit awards. Who would be your dream collaboration?
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 one episode, episode 5 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 an audition and they said that they liked my interpretation of the character and I said 'I'm just being myself!'
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 Dolce and Gabbana, I keep wearing them, Alexander McQueen I think is incredible, I love all the high-end stuff like Jean Paul Gautier. New designers I think Piers Atkinson and Victoria Grant are amazing.
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.
What are you 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 find 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, as I'm a bag of nerves!