Paloma goes from strength to strength

Daily Echo: Paloma Faith Paloma Faith

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING RECENTLY?

I presented at the announcement of the Brits. I’ve been so busy. I was on Jonathan Ross as well, with Jamie Foxx and Micky Flanagan. Jamie Foxx is so talented, on loads of different levels.

HOW ARE REHEARSALS FOR YOUR TOUR GOING?

We’re not starting until the Sunday before because we play together a lot and everyone knows what they’re doing. I’m excited.

DO YOU LIKE PLAYING IN THESE THEATRESTYLE VENUES? YOU’VE GOT SOME ARENA SHOWS COMING UP IN JUNE.

I’m more frightened of those big venues, like the O2, because I’m used to the smaller places. I know what I’m doing and now I’m worried that I’ll have to act differently on stage. But then I went to see Dolly Parton there and she didn’t do that, it was like you’d gone to her house, so I should stick to what I do normally.

WILL YOU BE PLAYING MANY SONGS FROM FALL TO GRACE?

Yes, I’m going to do all of it, with just a few from the first album at the end. We’re going to do different versions of the songs, and vary them at each show so nothing will be the same at any show. It’s really nice to play with the different versions we’ve done, whether it’s three-piece, five-piece or full band. It keeps it interesting for me and for the handful of people who come to every show. And there are a few.

ARE YOU WORKING ON THE NEXT ALBUM?

I’ve not really started thinking about it that much, just basic ideas, but I would like to get on with it this year. I might work with the same people again, but I haven’t got far enough along to know.

YOU WERE INFLUENCED BY JAZZ SINGERS. WOULD YOU EVER PLAY WITH A BIG BAND?

There might be something like that coming up later this year. I’d like to but I’m worried about it. I’ve always been interested in jazz and that’s what I love, but quite a lot of the time commercial or successful artists do a big band or jazz album and it’s cheesy, if I’m honest. If I did it in a way that wasn’t cheesy, like a Christmas record, then I would love to do something. I don’t want it to look like I’m just dressing up, it’s tacky.

IS THERE ANYONE YOU’D LIKE TO WORK WITH?

I’d love to work with Andre 3000 from Outkast and I’d love to work with Damon Albarn. I think everything he touches turns to gold. Everything he does is so good.

n Paloma Faith is at Portsmouth Guildhall on February 5, plays Bourenmouth International Centre on June 5 and is also on the Isle of Wight Festival bill.

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