Hi Pau, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! I’m lovely. Despite this past year being trying and different for all of us, it’s been a year that has brought a lot of blessings into my life, and for that I’m super grateful. Besides the whirlwind music stuff, I know how to make banana bread now, so that’s a new positive??
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dump Your Boyfriend”?
Of course! I worked on the track with Ryo Ito and her0ism, two incredibly talented and respected creatives in the music industry, and I’m super pleased with how it came out. To me, the song feels like a really cool crossover blend of east and west. I felt super inspired by the way that Asian music integrates rap into their pop acts so effortlessly, and working alongside two powerhouses in that market, it felt like a natural progression for the song.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Ryo Ito and her0ism were very direct in their vision for the song: “You don’t look good with your partner.” When her0 started writing the beat, I got so inspired that I started writing the melody and lyrics before he was even done producing. He then turns around and goes, “What do you think?” And I say, “I’ve got the verse!”
The verse was 200% what I was going through at the time. I was dating someone who kept telling me to have patience and expected me to be all in while they figured it out. They weren’t dating someone else at the time, but I combined my current situation with xpxp’s vision and “DUMP YOUR BOYFRIEND” was born.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I’d love that! If the people want it, they’ve got it. I’m certainly down.
How was the recording and writing process?
The songwriting process is definitely my favorite part. Even though Ryo couldn’t be with us in the room because of the pandemic, he was very much involved. He had a whole document of ideas for us to draw from, and we even had a few phone calls to make sure the vision was aligned. her0 and I celebrated with tacos; it was delightful.
What was like to work with xpxp and how did that relationship develop?
I love working with xpxp! I had worked with her0ism before, we wrote “Wallpaper” for Shahadi Wright Joseph together, and the working relationship quickly turned into a wonderful friendship and I was so honored when he asked me to come on board for this project.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I work by myself so often, so it’s a real treat when I have the opportunity to bounce ideas off of someone else in the recording studio— it’s way more collaborative. When I receive a finished track in my inbox, I have no say in the direction. But with this song, I helped decide the direction of the chords, make production notes, and really custom build the song from the ground up.
How does your Latin roots influence your writing?
My Latin roots influence everything I do! I grew up listening to music in Spanish and pieces of that always carry into everything I do. her0 always leans into it and celebrates it, and I’m so thankful for it.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely! You can expect a ton of new material in 2021, both as a songwriter and an artist. I absolutely cannot wait for you to hear it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I can’t spill just yet, but I’m stoked to give you the scoop when I can.
What else is happening next in PAU’s world?
Besides finally releasing music that I am so, so proud of? Loving every second of it.
PAU (instagram): https://www.instagram.com/itsmepaulina/
Her0sim from xpxp (instagram): https://www.instagram.com/her0ism/
RYO ITO from xpxp (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/ryoryoito/