INTERVIEW: Paulina Vo

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

Hey VENTS! Thank you for having me again! Always a pleasure to talk to y’all. And I’ve been good! 2021 is off to quite a start, but here for it!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sweetie”?

Totally. I rarely write straight up love songs and I wanted to just write a sweet sounding, feel good, sing into your hairbrush microphone, type of love song. This one is definitely for the couples who support each other and work through everything together! 

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

For sure! I was out of town and away from home, missing the city and my partner. After I got off the phone with him, I picked up my iPad, opened GarageBand, and got to writing. 

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes! I have two videos lined up! One is an animated video inspired by the Little Mermaid, except queer-friendly! And to match the mermaid theme, I’m also releasing a vertical video using some aquatic, mermaid-inspired Instagram effects!

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing “Sweetie” was definitely the easy part. It was a song that wrote itself in the time it took to sing it! Once I had a melody and lyrics, I immediately added the harmonies. After that though, it took a few years to go from demo to the version you hear today. The production went through tons of iterations, and  I ended up recording live drums, doing vocals in a studio, and working with a co-producer. The end result is of course so much better than the demo!

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

I’ve met so many incredible artists in Brooklyn, and am so inspired by the DIY work that goes into an artists’ career out here. The music, live shows, writing sessions, and everything in between are so dope, even while things are paused! 

And some of the musicians, engineers, and music industry people that worked on this record were a direct result of the relationships I’ve built here, and without them, this song wouldn’t be the same!

With the success from your previous record – did you feel any pressure while putting this new material together or totally the opposite?

Totally the opposite. Both songs have such different vibes, and I always wanted to release “Sweetie” right after “Shades Down”. With the pandemic, I ended up releasing an interim EP (“Call You After”) but, I’m glad “Sweetie” is finally coming out! I’ve really enjoyed the process this time around, and can’t wait for people to see the visuals.

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

Yes! I have another single lined up, I really can’t wait for that one to come out either! 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Before summer 🙂

Would this new material serve as a continuation or rather a departure from your previous work?

It’ll still be pop, definitely more pop than “Sweetie”! In general, the upcoming album is eclectic, but in the pop universe – so everything will have a similar vibe.

What else is happening next in Paulina Vo’ world?

I’m hard at work on my upcoming album, and am pushing for this to come out this year! I’m also producing work with other artists, which I share on my socials. Otherwise, who knows, I might start live streaming my gaming, hehe.

CONNECT WITH PAULINA VO

https://paulinavo.com

https://www.instagram.com/vobot/

https://facebook.com/paulinavomusic

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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