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INTERVIEW: Jackie Paladino

Hi Jackie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Doing fab! Just came back from performing for a documentary about street performers, so feelin’ good.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Daddy’s Money”?

I’d love to.  I wrote it a couple years ago when I was struggling to juggle financing both an arts career and my higher education.  I’m still struggling, so it’s still relevant.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It was a combination of a couple of events.  The first, was in response to a boy who was pursuing me at the time, who, in response to my many rejections and excuses about having to work so much, proceeded to insult me with a disgusting sexual proposal in exchange for his weekly trust fund allowance.  I declined.  Shortly after, I met with an administrator at Tisch in hopes of returning after financial struggles caused me to drop out.  I wrote the song twenty minutes after that conversation, out of frustration and a dire desperation to want to overcome my circumstances.

Can you tell us more about the new video? How was the film experience?

I loved shooting this video!  My team and I really went all out for this one and I felt like such a superstar.  We filmed it at Webster Hall and had some of the best talent working on it including people who have worked with J-Lo, Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga.  I got to wear Dolce and Gabbana for the first (and probably last) time and made such a tight-knit family with the cast and crew.

How was the recording and writing process for the track?

The writing process was fast.  It really just spilled out of me after a conversation one day.  I think I might have been crying.  No, I definitely was crying.  The recording process was much longer than any other song I’ve recorded, in that the vocal production was much more intricate than most of my other songs.

What was it like to work with Tyrone Corbett, and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Tyrone was awesome and different than any other producer I’ve ever worked with.  Tyrone is a singer first, which is rare in the producer scene, so he really took the time to sit with me and vocally produce every section of the song.  It was a very tedious process, but one that I’m grateful for.  My former manager was friends with him and connected the two of us.

How much did he get to influence the overall album?

I wrote the song, so he really only influenced the production of the song and assisted with vocal production.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music, if at all?

I’m not sure that Brooklyn plays a large role in my music.  I actually find myself spending more of my time in downtown Manhattan.  If anything, I think the hustle and bustle of the city is what might play a role.  There’s a strong sense of urgency that propels you to create in the essence of constant movement.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – if so, how’s that coming along?

I sure hope so.  I have so much material written that I’ve been aching to get out there into the world.    Planning to finally release my EP entitled Broken Soldier, another music video, and hopefully a “Bedroom Sessions” EP that I wrote with my now ex-boyfriend.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ll be staying in the tri-state area for a bit while longer, but would love to plan a tour in the near future.  Been dreaming about some Miami and California sun.

What else is happening next in Jackie Paladino’s world?

I’ve been getting back into acting a bit and am hoping to publish a book of poetry of mine in the near future as well.  A bit more of a long-term goal of mine is to start my own record label which combines the two notions of healing and music.  I plan to crowdfund for that soon, so please follow and support when the time comes 🙂

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