Paloma Faith in 2013
|Birth name||Paloma Faith Blomfield|
21 July 1981 |
Hackney, London, England
I don't normally have time to read, so when I go away I like to take a few books.
I'm not a pop act, churning stuff out really quickly. I find the music that arises from that style of working is distracted, not particularly profound.
I'm under no illusion that there are things about me that I'd like to change. I just accept who I am, and I'm proud of it.
Anything that's on television as often as someone on 'The X Factor' is what's successful. That doesn't mean that I condone that or think that it's right. To be honest, I'd be the first to say I think it's a shame. But if that's the way it is then that's the way it is.
Ever since I was little, my mum used to choose an outfit for me and lay it on the bed so I'd know what I was wearing the next day. I never went to a uniformed school, so I always had an outfit – and I never really grew out of that, I don't think.
I use debit cards for everyday purchases, as I don't believe in credit cards. But this has caused problems, especially with American touring, because I refuse to have a credit card – and in America you can't pay for anything on a debit card.
I think initially, the record industry struggled a lot with digital media because there are a lot of aspects to it that can potentially destroy our industry.
Dressing up is like therapy; I feel better in myself when I've made an effort.
I'd say that, first and foremost, I'm a performer; I started performing when I was four years old, and being on stage from a young age set me up.
I am inspired by show girls and Vegas. I was a cabaret performer, so that's where all that influence comes from.
When I do my shows, it's really cross-generational. Sometimes there's three generations there.
I travel regularly and have learnt to be very methodical as far as packing is concerned. For example, I always check the weather in advance of where I'm going to ensure that I've packed the right clothes.
My mum's always on at me to have children and blames 'that stupid stage thing you do' for me not already having a family.
Sometimes people fear the truth. They'd rather not speak to you than know what you really think.
It's tragic that you can define a whole movement in music by gender alone. People are like, 'Oh, look, another quirky girl.'
Working with Terry Gilliam was magic – I've been watching his films since I was little.
I vote Labour and can't begin to acknowledge anything good that comes from a Tory.
I was mainly raised by a working mum who didn't have much time or inclination for making food. So I had three or four basic meals: fish fingers and a tomato; a packet scotch egg and a tomato; pasta with a tin of tomatoes; and extra mild plastic-y cheddar chopped into cubes with bits of cucumber.
My desire to experiment comes from my attention-deficit approach to cosmetics. I just get really bored, really easily.
I lend people money, but I'd never lend something that would jeopardise a friendship if I didn't get it back.
I agree with cosmetic surgery for medical reasons – my mother had breast cancer and I think it's very sad when somebody has no choice in what happens to their body.
When you're on the pop treadmill, you don't always feel that cool because you have to do things to promote the record that aren't necessarily your environment.
I'm really into food; it's one of my favourite things – everything from potato waffles to lobster.
Celebrity culture is an aspirational culture regardless of how much you don't want it to be.
I love interesting people with eccentric stories and outsiders of the world.
My mum came from nothing and didn't have many opportunities in her youth, and she blames a lot of her social inadequacies on that.
Once you accept that we're all imperfect, it's the most liberating thing in the world. Then you can go around making mistakes and saying the wrong thing and tripping over on the street and all that and not feel worried.
You know, my mum's always encouraged me and never made my gender an issue, I guess. She brought me up to believe in equality, as opposed to feminism or sexism – so it just meant that my gender was not relevant to what I was capable of achieving.
If I go out with no make-up and a tracksuit on, nobody comes up to me. And if they do, I won't do a photo because I wouldn't want any photographic evidence.
I stay true to my lyrics. If I go back and look at them in hindsight, the emotions I had when I wrote them have passed. It feels unjustified to change them.
I'd love to say that I could write political songs, but I don't feel clued-up enough.
I design all my sets. With my tour and my album artwork, I co-design that with people who are better at drawing than me. But I've got a good imagination. I went to art school so I understand how to communicate my ideas.
Anybody who says they don't want to be seen on a show which has millions of people watching it at one time when they're in the business of selling records is a bit silly.
I try to stick to a certain diet all the time, and then when I feel like a reward, I have it. I try to stick to no dairy, no sugar, no wheat.
I really like to please people, and I think it's a symptom of being an only child.
There's nothing better than achieving your goals, whatever they might be.
Cinema affects everything, from the way I get dressed to how I build my stages.
I'm not one for sightseeing or going around the shops when I'm on holiday. I do enough shopping when I'm at home, and like to have a complete break when I'm away.
I don't know anyone, from any class, who's had a perfectly easy life. I've met people born into wealthy families who feel like they didn't have much emotional support, and people who come from working-class families who had loads of love but no money.
All creative people have to have vulnerability because those nuances are what move people. So I'm deeply insecure – but I'm good at hiding it.
I feel quite excited about the possibility of working on multiple albums. There's something really iconic about having a catalog featuring a lot of albums, and I'd love to have that legacy.
I'm not interested in what other people are doing. That's their business.
I love going to the cinema. Whenever I get time off, that's where I go.
If I get in a relationship, it's always for the long-term; if not, I don't see the point.
No one ever chats me up; I think they all think I'm taken. Either that or no one fancies me.
I don't have a competitive bone in my body, so the last thing I want to do is be competing with people.
I'm not that materialistic. I like nice clothes and that, but I don't spend lots of money on stuff. I'm not really into TV, I don't have an iPod, I've got a gramophone.
A lot of men do have a fear of my ultra-femininity. Sometimes people say I look like a drag queen, that I look scary, but I think that's a fear of my confidence. Most women in contemporary culture pare down their femininity, so there's a slight androgyny about them, and I think men have got used to seeing that.
I don't understand why the accent you speak in has to indicate what level of intellect you have.
Adele's like a beacon of honesty. Doesn't compromise, goes to America and she's still the same sweary cockney.
I don't have a daily routine, beyond brushing my teeth. It changes every day.
Real talent shines through regardless of how many others there are around you.
When you research prolific songwriters, it is usually later in their career they write songs that they distance themselves from, or it's about other people.
I'm so used to changing time zones that I can sleep at any time. I'm rarely ever tossing and turning – if I am, it's really a big deal.
I go running three times a week – outside in the park, come rain or shine, and I hate every moment of it. I hate everything about it. But I know it's important for health reasons and the reason why I run, in particular, is because my stage work is like cardiovascular work so I don't want to lose my breath on stage.
I mean, my music career and my acting career – if I want to do them to the extent that I eventually do want to get to, it's going to be a bit of a balancing act. But I'm hoping they'll just go hand in hand.
I love Andre 3000 from OutKast. I think we'd complement each other, but I'm hoping he's got a good sense of humour.
Compared to a lot of artists, I'm usually quite covered up in videos and photo shoots.
I've spent a lot of time being bohemian and sleeping on floors, but eventually I want to have kids and I want to bring them up in a secure environment.
I'm the type of person who, if somebody offers me a free meal, I get excited because you never know where your next free meal is going to come from.
I don't connect much with the present. I have more of an affinity for what came in the past.
I have a lot of admiration for people who've been in relationships a long time, married for years.
I think that there should be options available, quite early on, that if someone is recognised as a disruptive child, for them to be trained vocationally. Maybe if those kids were given the option to learn how to contribute to society on a practical level they wouldn't get into trouble.
I don't overthink when I'm styling. I kind of forgive myself and accept that I will make mistakes. Getting dressed should be a fun experience!
I think I'd be a million times more successful and more iconic if I was a singer in the '40s. I'd be allowed a level of mystery, and I think I'd suit that decade.
I'm surrounded by friends and family who are not that impressed by celebrity. They don't have any problem telling me I'm acting like an idiot or I'm not that funny.
I was once in a long relationship with a man who ran a vintage clothes store but had been a chef, so I'd come home each night to a different three-course meal. I was quite fat, but so happy.
Some men think that if you're empowered and sure of yourself then you're a man-hater, but it's like, 'No, I'm just the same as you are, but maybe just a tiny bit more confident.'
Mum doesn't like it when I mention that Dad's a better cook than her. He was born in Spain and spent eight years in Portugal and is exceptional at lots of cuisines.
I think what makes me different from the average Joe is that I feel free to be myself and express myself in the way that I want. If that makes you mad, we're living in a world of dire straits. If anything, it makes you more sane.
I don't feel I fit in with morning television because I'm like a vampire and I like to stay up late.
The freedom that money gives you makes you… well, I wouldn't say happy, but I'd say it gives you diversity.
I think soul is soul. I don't see new soul as any different to old soul.
I get plenty of, 'Is that song about me?' from men but I just tell them to get over themselves.
I wish I was more stupid because I'm either completely ecstatic and joyous and absolutely high as a kite or I'm a bit morbid. There's never anything in between.