Paloma (not to be confused with Paloma Faith) is a stunning young lady, with a great voice to boot. Raised in Los Angeles, California, she’s also of Cuban and Mexican descent, which puts some Latin fire in her belly and of course her music. Paloma has just released her first single in the UK, the Pop/Dance/R&B fusion that is ‘Fired Up’, and she talks to music.co.uk about this, her foray into acting, and much much more!
1. As a brand new artist for the UK market at least, what would you like to tell us about yourself?
I would tell you that I absolutely love what I do, and can’t wait to share it with you the UK. It’s so exciting to be dropping my music in the UK because I admire the music/fashion/art movement over there. I’m a hard worker and devoted to what I do, so the UK better be ready, because I’ll be everywhere!
2. What do you enjoy most about music? What’s your recipe for a long career?
I love my music because it’s just fun! It’s nothing too serious or dramatic. It’s music you can listen to while hanging out with your friends or even cleaning your house! I have a friend that tells me “I listen to your music on my way to the club, and while I clean my house! It just gives me so much energy on all levels.” I like the idea that my music doesn’t have boundaries. Anyone can enjoy it.
You know all I can do is continue to do everything with love, and hope that people follow me for years to come. I consider staying power to happen by keeping my fans happy with my music, and being loyal to them. Giving them what they want, not only in my music, but also by being kind to them. It makes me cringe when I see a celebrity being rude to a fan. They’re the reason why we can do what we love to do. They should always be on the top of the list.
3. After making your film debut in the independent film Alondra Smiles, how do you now find combining singing and acting?
Being able to do both singing and acting is a lot of fun. Acting I find as somewhat of an escape. You have to be someone else for a while and not really deal with you. I find that interesting and fun. I love acting, but with singing, my music is just me…no one else. It’s my feelings, words, my clothes, my look, I love that!
4. Do you have any acting stories to share with us?
My favourite acting experience was getting a role in the movie “Alondra Smiles.” I went in reading for both lead roles, which were both completely different from one another. One was the sweet girl, and the other was just the horrific brat! But I remember leaving the audition going “I really want to book the part of the brat!” I found her to be so much fun, and it was out of character for me. Sure enough I got a call back just for the role of “Tatiana” (brat) and I was so happy! I went in and nailed my audition. I left knowing I booked it. I don’t think I’ve been so confident in my life.
4b. Have you got to work with anyone interesting in the acting world so far?
I got to work with Jill Remez in “Alondra Smiles.” She played my mother. I remember always being around when she did a scene. She was always on it, never messed up any lines, and was so professional. I learned a lot from just being around her.
5. Did you always want to do music, right from a young age?
Yeah, definitely. I’ve always been so blessed to have great teachers in school, choir and dance teachers. It truly makes a difference when you have that encouragement at a young age. I remember when I was in the 3rd grade, we had to do this dance project. I had confidence in myself, but always felt that if I went to the front of the routine, kids would think I was showing off, so I’d always put myself in the back. My teacher at the time asked me to stay after class so she could talk to me and told me “You know you’re good, and you have talent, there’s no reason to hide it or to feel bad about it. It’s a gift that you must show, and not feel sorry that you have the “it” factor! because you do!.” That struck a cord in me because for a long time I didn’t want to showcase what my talent was. But soon after, I changed my ways, and my goal was to always be in the front.
6. If we asked you to play us a tune right now, what would it be?
I would play a riff that I can’t get out of my fingers!!! haha. I came up with it a while ago, but I really should finish it. It could be a beautiful ballad. A lot of my melody ideas come from the piano or start there. I want to get better though, and also learn guitar.
7. With your song coming out close to the festive season, what are your views on Christmas songs?
I love Christmas songs. We have a station out here that plays only Christmas songs November through December. It puts me in the best mood. If I get the chance to do a Christmas album it will have a jazzy, blues 1940’s touch. Something completely different.
8. What is ‘Fired Up’ all about? And why should we give it a listen?
The new single is about how a boy can make do or say things that you probably wouldn’t do. He’s got ways that make you want to change ya know. It’s a sexy song that gets stuck in your head, and you can’t help but sing along to it.
9. Do you have an album ready as well, and any future touring plans?
My album is a get off your feet and dance till you can’t move anymore album! There’s great upbeat songs with catchy hooks, and a beautiful ballad that I wrote called “Fly.” I hope to go on tour not only in the UK, but back at home as well…it’s all about world domination!
10. Finally, do you have a message for all our website visitors that will be reading about you soon?
To all the UK readers, I can’t wait to show you what I got! To able to bring my show and music to you will be the happiest day for me. I hope you’re ready to have some fun!
‘Fired Up’ is out now and available via I-Tunes and all good download stores. For more information visit www.myspace.com/palomaatmyspace