Hi, I’m very well. Thank you for having me! How are you?
First of, why is it Paulaa with two a’s?
When it came to choosing what name to go with, I knew I wanted to keep my own, but I was looking to add a subtle twist to it. What sparked the idea with the two a’s was the way my mum would call out my name at home when I lived with my parents. I would often be in my room listening to music, writing, rehearing or daydreaming, ha, and when my mum would want me to come to her she would alway call out Paulaaaa with the extension of the ‘aaaa’ to make sure I hear her. It stuck, haha, so I guess my mum inspired it.
For those who aren’t familiar with you or your sound yet, how would you describe it?
It has elements of pop, R&B and trip-hop, I like to blend between synth led and more organic textures, with a mixture of glitchy/punchy and more atmospheric, spacious sounds.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All These Stories”?
‘All These Stories’ is about a conversation with someone who you thought was a close person to you who turns out to be talking behind your back. It’s about a
sense of loss and disappointment with the way someone behaved towards you. How did the single name come about?
I wrote ‘All These Stories’ together with Eddie Serafica. As soon as we came up with the opening lyric for the chorus we felt that it should be the title, as it’s ‘all these stories’ that lead you to find out the truth about the other person and their dishonesty.
Did any event/s in particular inspire you to write the material?
When we were writing the song the words just came out very freely, it was very subconscious. We kind let the song tell us what it wants to be, but definitely I recognise in it’s story a scenario I’ve observed and on some level experienced myself in a moment in time.
Can you describe the inspiration behind your EP?
In life I tend to overanalyse a lot and music gives me the space to just let go. I’m also quite an emotional person, sometimes I really show it and at times I hide it away. I’ve always been like that. But music/songs let me explore so many feelings and express so much through sound and words. I’ve been writing a lot of music for myself and also for pitch and it came to a point where I fell into this space where songs like ‘Commit’, ‘Know You’, ‘All These Stories’ came through. It’s a space I really enjoy exploring and I really want to share it. I don’t want to give too much away at the moment, but the EP has quite a bit of contrast lyrically, sonically, and in terms of the feelings the songs process.
How did you find the song writing process?
Eddie and I met in the studio and just started improvising, coming up with different ideas, experimented with different sounds and kept what resonated with us and what felt right. There was a specific flow and mood in the room. The song came to life really quickly.
Which musicians do you admire the most?
There are many, but definitely Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Prince, Massive Attack, Little Dragon, Frank Ocean. The list goes on…
What made you go with the trip pop genre?
It happened very naturally. Finding my sound took years of experimenting, searching. There is still so much more to explore, it’s a constant process. As I mentioned before, pop, trip-hop, R&B definitely influenced my music. I connected with elements of these genres and somehow processed them in my own way. Prior to writing I didn’t decide that this is the genre I am going to write in, it just happened. I feel like I found a place that resonates with me within trip-pop.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
There are many names that come to mind… but if I had to pick just one I would say Lana Del Rey.
What would be your dream festival to play at and why?
Definitely Glastonbury! It’s such a major event, so many amazing acts and so much history. There is something super special about the energy of this festival.
What is next for Paulaa, is there an album in the works?
An album will come further down the line, but first I will be releasing an EP later this year. I am very excited to write and share new music. Also I am really looking forward to doing some performances mid-year.